Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Christmas 2011

I hope everyone had a great Christmas with friends and family. This Christmas was different for us. It was Derrik's and my first Christmas not on Cape Cod as a married couple, Derrik's first in Florida, and the first for me since as far back as I can remember that I wasn't leaving Christmas day for a BMX race, to go skiing, visiting Derrik, or having a ton of family over. I have to admit I was a little nervous at the idea of opening presents and then having nothing to do for the rest of the day, BUT rest assured I stayed plenty busy. Christmas is like running a marathon for a mom. Getting the boys ready for bed on a regular night is a job in itself, but adding on trying to make sure everything was ready for Christmas, cookies for Santa, getting it all set up, doing stockings, and then not sleeping due to anxiety.. I was exhausted before it even started! I had nightmares all night that Ryder woke up and opened all the presents, that I wouldn't see his face when he first saw Santa came, and many more. Needless to say I slept terrible! Christmas day we did our gifts and then went down to my parent's tree for their gifts. After that we spent all day opening boxes and putting toys together.

Cookies and milk for Santa and carrots for his reindeer

Santa came!!!
Our Christmas Cards...
We had a REALLY poor showing early in the month, but it finally picked up.
Santa blocked Ryder's door so he couldn't peek at the gifts
(I saw this idea on Pinterest and loved it! I didn't want Ryder to see our tree when he walked to our room in the morning. We told him to call us and we'd come to him. It backfired when he had to pee in the middle of the night and was totally freaked out!!!)
Our stockings
Ryder with all his stocking stuff
Derrik took charge of the camera during stockings and was so proud of this picture...
It's pretty goofy... and cute :)
This is the best picture I got of Ryder's face when he saw the tree and all the presents. He was so excited he kind of ran ahead of me.
Landon checking out the tree
Checking to see that Santa ate his cookies. Ryder finished the leftovers.
This is the only picture I have opening presents. I guess I decided to be in the moment and enjoy it. Ryder did great opening all of his presents. He asked to open a few toys, but we kept explaining we had to open all the presents first and it went just fine. He let out a loud squeal when he opened his jet from the Cars 2 movie, and screamed at the top of his lungs when he opened the oil rig from the Cars 2 movie. Exactly the response this Momma wanted to hear :)
We had to finish opening our presents because the peanut gallery was watching waiting to go open their presents downstairs
(they will all yell at me for posting this picture!)
Not the best picture of our family, but I guess it'll have to do :)
Ryder loved Landon's toy he got from Mimi and Papa
My boys started to get a little tired while opening presents with the family downstairs
And once Landon went down for a nap Chloe was glad to fill that spot
And some of the boys presents...
Ryder's stocking

Ryder's Cars 2 stuff
For Cars 2 folks... he got the oil rig, the spy jet, and as he likes to call it the mean boy and the nice boat. This stuff has really broadened his horizons when it comes to playing with cars.
His Thomas the Train track he asked for. No clue why since he doesn't watch the show or have any, but Santa had to bring what he asked for. Derrik had a rough morning trying to get this thing together :)
He also got the Matchbox Wall Tracks.... any of you mom's of boys out there wondering if this toy was worth it.... totally!!! He loves it and it was so easy to put together.
Landon's stocking stuff
All of his new toys
His new ball pit. It has since been put together and both of the boys love it. Landon loves to sit in it while Ryder puts the balls in the top to go down the race track.
And... the present that matters the most....
My family spending great quality time together
Playing Rack-O
The smirk on his face is because he knew I was taking his picture, and he also knows he sleeps every holiday away because he is "sooo tired"... being 25 and partying all the time is rough :)
Merry Christmas!
Cape Cod family.... We missed our Christmas afternoon with you!
PA family... we miss you all terribly
Thank you to everyone who sent gifts for the boys. They love all of them, and we were sure to tell them just who sent those gifts with lots of love :)

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