Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas Morning 2009

What a wonderful Christmas we had! I say this every year, but this was the best Christmas EVER! Clayton was so much fun this year, and Drew was darling as well! Clayton got excited about every, single gift that he opened. It was awesome to watch his little face light up! The thing that I love the most about this age is that he couldn't care less how much a present costs. He was just as excited about the dollar store stuff as he was about his big gifts. Oh, how I wish that he would always be this easy to please... :)

For Christmas breakfast, I made the Pioneer Woman's cinnamon rolls, and they were positively delicious! I made the dough before we went out of town and then froze them until we got back home. All I had to do was thaw them the night before and then bake them on Christmas morning. I am pretty sure they will be Christmas breakfast every year from now on. And, since they are pretty much just flour, sugar, butter, cinnamon, more sugar, and more butter... they will only be served once a year. :)
Wade and I woke up early so that we could see Clayton's face as soon as he walked down the stairs. We sat there drinking coffee and wanting anxiously for the kids to wake up. I love that nervous giddy feeling! It truly is better to give than to receive! :)

We had to sit for over an hour, because both kids slept in. Isn't that par for the course?!?! Clayton was up first. When he came downstairs, he was so excited to see his pile from Santa!

Drew woke up a few minutes later and was pretty excited about his Santa gifts, too.
Clayton got a Batman sleeping bag, which was a big hit
Wade & I decided to do our gifts to the boys a little differently this year. We had gotten Clayton a bike and Drew a rocking horse and rocking chair. We hid them in the house with a string attached to them. Then we wound the string around the house, so that they would have to follow the string to their gifts. Clayton loved finding his treasure!
His bike was hidden in our bath tub. Ha!
What a big boy! He looks so old to me in this picture. *Sniffle* This is definitely a far cry from his 12 inch Diego bike that he has been riding since Christmas 2007.

Clayton helped Drew find his gifts. He loved his rocking chair. It's just his size. :)
The rocking horse was a big hit, too.
Sweet Boy with his stocking

I never surprise Wade, like never ever ever. I always just get him whatever he asks for. This year, however, I really did surprise him! He mentioned casually several months ago that he wished he had a bike to ride with the boys. I tucked that away in my memory. Then I went and got it for him and hid it in the attic until Christmas morning. So, it was the year of the bikes at our house!
After we had opened all of the presents, Clayton said, "I guess that's all..." Wade said, "Well, are you sure? Is there anything else that you asked Santa for?" His eyes got as big as saucers and he ran to the window to look outside. He started screaming, "Santa brought us a play set! Yay!!!!" It was priceless!

Daddy carried him outside in his PJs to see his present

Santa even made a giant tag and huge bow for the play set. Clayton immediately noticed those two things. Gotta love Santa's attention to detail. ;)
Our neighbors were outside playing in the snow, so he recruited Avery to come over and try out his new play set.
Then they went sledding in the driveway. Snow + Christmas = A Perfect Day!

While Drew was napping, we made a Happy Birthday Jesus (& Joe) Birthday cake. :) Wade's Uncle Joe has a December 25th birthday. Clayton said, "It's so cool that Joe has the same birthday as Jesus!" :)

Shortly after I took this picture, Clayton walked over to the fireplace. He stuck his face right up to the screen and screamed, "Thank you, Santa! And, Happy Birthday, Jesus!" So funny!

We're hoping that you all had a very Merry Christmas as well!


Holly said...

I thought about the playset Christmas morning and was so excited for Santa to give it to Clayton & Drew! I loved reading about your special Christmas morning!

Leah said...

That was such a fun recap of you guys Christmas morning. Those smiles were the biggest ever! What a fun idea to do the string thing. I bet that was Clayton's favorite part.

The playset looks aWeSoMe! Can't wait for some warm and sunny days for the boys to really enjoy it!

Those cinnamon rolls---all I have to say is YUMM-O!

...traci : ) said...

looooove the string idea! so clever and FUN!