First of all, I have to say that Caleb is totally "getting" the real meaning of Christmas this year. He was constantly reminding us that it was the celebration of Jesus' birth (and then adding that Jesus wasn't really born on this day and that the 3 wise men weren't really at the nativity scene because they didn't meet him until he was a toddler....thanks to his youth pastor daddy!). He loved buying and giving gifts to a family in need and prays for them often. It's awesome to see that he "gets" it!
Caleb was also SO thrilled to have bought Matt and I presents this year with his own money at Santa's Secret Shop at school. They were a complete secret and were wrapped at school and placed under the tree. Despite his attempts to get us to open them early, we managed to hold him out until Christmas morning. That sweet boy ran to the tree and gave us both our presents before he opened a single one of his own!
I got a lovely heart necklace with a "real" diamond in it! He was so excited about it! Sadly, the chain broke the day after Christmas, but I found the pendant and put it on another chain. Crisis averted!
Matt got a Maryland water bottle so that he could use it while he was cutting the grass. :)
Caleb made Abby (with a little help from me) a Hello Kitty plate at The Pottery Patch. She's not quite ready to eat off of it yet, but she'll get there!
Abby got Caleb a set of early reader Star Wars books. Does she know her brother, or what? :)
One of Abby's favorite gives was a Hello Kitty Tervis Tumbler. She's started drinking her "meal juice" (a high calorie Pediasure Sidekick drink that we use to help her swallow her food) out of it and seems to like it.
Her other favorite gifts were a Hello Kitty sleeping bag, which she wanted to stay in, and her Cozy Cottage playhouse. She's had lots of fun running in and out of her house, playing with her doll Joy in there, and using the "appliances." I haven't gotten a good picture of it yet!
I'm not sure why I didn't get a picture of Caleb's favorite gift, but he got a (toy) bow and arrow set that he absolutely loves! It has suction cups and he has strict orders to never aim it at a person! So far, he has been really good about it.
As I mentioned before, Caleb also received the original Star Wars trilogy--a big hit! His "big" gift is a trip to Medieval Times today. He has wanted to go for a long time, and I know he's just going to love it! I loved giving Caleb an "experience" as his big gift, because we really don't need a lot of stuff. Plus, it will make for some great memories! I'm sure we will have many pictures to share of our adventure! We got him this knight set to go along with the gift.
Matt and I gave each other iPhones for our birthdays and Christmas, and I thoroughly enjoy my gift every day! :)
Later on, we went to my parents' house to open gifts there.
Abby got an easel, which was a big hit with both girls! It's chalk on one side and dry erase on the other. I especially like that it is a tabletop easel that folds up easily and can be stored in the corner. Yippee!
Amy and Bruce got a doormat that is quite appropriate for their family. Their Boxer, Penny, can't keep her tongue in her mouth!
Speaking of Penny, she's the one with the (you guessed it!) huge tongue. Heidi is the one on the bottom and Bert is the one standing over her. They are both my parents' dogs.
Here's Berty feeling kind of sad that he can't join in on the fun. He loves kids! (We did let them out after the present opening was done!)
Owen was quite happy with his Madden 13 Wii game!
Anna waited so patiently to open her presents...at the beginning, at least!
Caleb got 2 Lego sets from The Lord of the Rings series, which thrilled him to no end! He didn't think he was getting any Legos, so he was pretty excited.
A highlight gift for us was a 2 burner griddle to replace the one we've had since we got married that was very warped! This one is really nice and big. I can't wait to use it! We also got some gift cards for our favorite restaurants and stores--score!
My mom wanted to read a winter story to everyone, but electronics won out for the older kids. Anna and Abby are the only ones who prefer old fashioned books to e-readers and video games!
It was a wonderful Christmas! I hope that you also had a wonderful Christmas with family.
Ours is continuing tomorrow as we celebrate with Matt's family. If all goes well, this will be the first time we have all celebrated Christmas together! The last time we were all together for Christmas, Grammy and Pop had 3 less grandkids!