It's official, we made it through Christmas with no major accidents. We had a great time, ate too much food and got too much stuff. Elias keeps telling us we should give our old toys away. I need to listen to him and not think of how much money the toys cost us so we can't just give them away.
On the 23rd, we had our annual Nalder party with a guest appearance by Santa himself. Elias was amazed that Santa already knew that he wanted a Mr Potatohead. McKay went right up to him, but kept looking at him like Santa was crazy. Maisey was last and had been crying ever since he came in. When I set her on his lap, she jumped off like a scared cat while screaming "Mommy, Mommy." I'm sure that she is now tramatized for life and will never see a Santa without crying, but what would Christmas with out that.
Christmas morning was so fun. I think it's much more fun with kids and seeing their amazement that Santa brought them toys for no real reason. Elias is just beginning to figure it out. I am going to miss being able to threaten to call Santa if he's not good. Anyway, as soon as they looked at their toys, they were trying to take someone else's toys and so the fighting began. It still hasn't really stopped yet. They may play together for a minute, but then World War III breaks out. I find this amazing since we now have doubled our toy count. Why must everyone want the same toy at the same time. After they found the gifts from Santa, it was time to open presents. McKay especially could care less. He was too busy playing with the old toys. Nate and I ended up opening a lot of the presents ourselves. Can you say too many presents? It was still so much fun and I can't wait to do it again next year.
Below is a list of the best/worst toys of Christmas 2008. It is more for my future benefit than yours. The favorite toys seem to be:
Grocery cart with plastic food that we all have to pretend eat
Toy car and tractors
Pink Cowboy Boots -For Maisey, which she absolutely loves
Lightning McQueen Remote Control Car
Things they could care less about:
Matching frog backpacks
Kid sized bread pans