Ohmigoodness. It truly was a wonderful Christmas. The kids were so, so excited…. the countdown to Jesus’ birthday had begun at least 10 days before.
As is our tradition, we took turns opening gifts, one at a time, youngest to oldest. And I thought I’d share a few pictures, as well as the favorites (and a few failures) of Christmas 2012.
Fave :: Pink Ladybug Pillow Pal.
Second fave :: Wedgits. Turns out, all the kids love these — I see more of them in our future for sure.
Fail :: Penguin Pluffie. She loved it online but in person… not so much. Thankfully, there are many arms around here more than happy to snuggle it at night.
Fave :: Scribbles – a “really giant coloring book”. I bought several of these for different ages, and seriously, I wish they made these for adults. They are big, fun and entirely original.
Fail :: Bunny Stompeez. To be honest, I really dislike this kind of as-seen-on-TV-poor-quality-crazy-expensive stuff. But sometimes kids just want something so badly, you indulge them, despite your better judgement. She tried them on once and hasn’t touched them since. Lesson learned — I should have resisted.
Fave :: Nerf Ninja Swords. Shepherd has not put these down since he pulled them out of the package three days ago.
Second fave :: Magnatiles. We already have a bunch of these, and we love them so much we bought more. Lots more.
Fave :: Nerf Gun.
Fail :: YoYo. This year I decided to skip the cheap-o route and bought a real yoyo. Evidently Jude just wanted the cheap-o. I think eventually he’ll use it, since it is really nice. But he just isn’t interested in working hard enough to figure it out yet.
Fave :: Clarice from Build-A-Bear.
Second fave :: Crocs. Isabelle is picky about shoes and she loves these.
Fail :: Remote Control Helicopter. Isabelle loves to ask for atypical gifts. And frequently, these requests involve a remote control, which I generally try to dissuade because they just don’t work. But this year she was sooo insistent. Unfortunately, this helicopter was not an exception. It came out of the package broken and essentially proved my point. Forever.
Fave :: Cash. Money.
Second fave :: Nerf gun.
Fave :: Ambient radio.
Second Fave :: Cash. Money.
Fave :: ONA camera bag. Yes, just like the one we gave away for Fill Their Stockings. My super-smart husband took notes. And y’all, I finally have a camera bag. After all these years, I can hardly believe my camera has it’s own home. Sniff.
Second fave :: Vera Bradley Hipster bag from my kids. Two big surprises this year, especially since I didn’t even make out a Christmas list. Well done, family. Well done.
And that pretty much sums it up.
Like I said, it was a really good Christmas.
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