OK, time to share the rest of our Christmas celebrations!
First though how about a little fun? Saturday night we were invited over to our neighbor’s house. The kids were super excited to play with Ryan and Erin and Kris was super excited to play with Jeff and Jeff’s new toy: Guitar Hero World Tour. Maria and I were excited to wrangle kids both big and little? Anyway, the kids played their little hearts out. They were upstairs, downstairs, with us – all over the place – having a great time. We’re trying to teach Annika some modesty and our new rule is going to the bathroom has to be done with the bathroom door shut. Well, she’s very resistant to this new rule. So it didn’t surprise me too much when I went downstairs one time to check on the kids and found Annika walking out of the bathroom without any pants on. When I was going downstairs Erin was coming upstairs. She stopped me and told me they had princess underwear. I said OK and continued on my way. When I got downstairs, saw the naked from the waist down Annika and ushered her back into the bathroom I put the pieces together. Annika had waited until the last second to go to the bathroom (as usual) and had gotten a few drops of pee on her underwear which to her means they are dirty and must be taken off immediately. So Erin was on her way upstairs to get Annika some new underwear, some princess ones just purchased that day (how sweet is she?!). Instead we just put Annika’s pants back on commando-style and she continued playing. What cute kids. They had a problem and they were taking care of it – no parental help needed.
The cutest thing of the night though was when the All Star Kid Band made their entrance. Jeff and Kris had been playing guitar and drums most of the night and the kids wanted in on the act. So Erin came up with a guitar, Annika with a little egg shaker and Ryan with a microphone and they put on a little show for us! Two songs (Rudolph and one other) were sung/played. It was the cutest thing ever!
Sunday was Christmas with Gramme and Papa Merv day. After a yummy brunch we settled down to open presents. I received some gorgeous pearls. Mom had two broken strands of pearls from my dad that she had re-strung for Krystle and I. She even had pearl earrings made for both of us too. They are beautiful and I’m so happy to have them! The kids received legos and princess shoes and pajamas and Christmas ornaments. Both kids let out a big happy inward gasp when they opened their toys. Jamesy loves legos and Annika could not be happier with her princess shoes. She had to put on her new pink sleeping beauty pajamas with her new pink sleeping beauty shoes and then hew new pink sweater too plus her new magic wand and she was officially styling. We had to repeat this ensemble the next day but with her crown as well.
After playing with their new toys for a while we packed everything up to go to our family Christmas party. Great Grandma was there and we got to see and hear all about her vacation to Florida in September. Grandma’s looking good and seemed so happy to have most of her family there. With 9 children and tons of grandchildren and now lots of great-grandchildren, it’s hard to get everyone together. I think there were only 5-6 grandchildren missing (Mathias being one of them – boo!). My aunt Denise was there too. She just finished her chemo treatments a couple months ago and was wearing a wig of brown hair. She took off her wig a few times to show people how much her hair had grown back in and the little kids were fascinated with that! Annika told us on the way home that she wanted hair that came off too. Oh the innocence. We explained that Auntie Denise was very sick so the doctors gave her some very strong medicine to make her better and the medicine made her hair fall out and that’s why she was wearing a wig. All Annika took from that was – I want removable hair too. Silly.
The last few days we’ve just been hanging out at home. I cleaned out some closets and the basement a bit and took a truckload of stuff to goodwill. Kris had to work both Mon and Tues but is now off through the weekend. We don’t have much planned. No set in stone plans for tonight (trying to see if neighbors want to come over now that we have World Tour too!) but are hoping to see Kris’s grandma and grandpa before the weekend is over. We haven’t seen them yet this Christmas season so that is our priority for the weekend.
Since this is the last day of 2008 – Happy New Year! Here’s to a great 2009!