Isaac also likes to work on his workbooks during James' nap and also at other times during the day. It amazes me how much time he can spend sitting at the kitchen table devising ideas of things to cut out and tape/glue together. He wanted me to take a picture of him doing his workbook, so here it is.
Isaac was not happy when we came in his room at 7 AM and woke him up saying, "Guess what! Santa came early!" First, he was very much asleep, and second, he has been keeping pretty close tabs on when Christmas is thanks to the advent calendar I spent all October hand stitching. He said, "But there are two more days!" So this is us sitting in the bathroom waiting for Isaac to use the bathroom and put his underwear on and get used to the idea that he "has" to open presents. James was just ready to go and went with whatever we said.
Then we started ripping! James got used to it pretty fast!
We face timed with Blake's parents so they could see the kids' reaction. It was fun to have some family around to pretend like we were home in Utah.
The winners of the day were the lego sets and the lawnmowers. Of course, they loved everything else too and all day (except when we went to church) the kids were bouncing around from toy to toy. But they started right in on the legos and had to get in some lawn mowing before we walked to church. It was a great Christmas. We had a melt down from Isaac when he saw his new bike and saw that it didn't have training wheels. He was in tears for a few minutes. But after we helped him on it for a little bit he said, "I DO love it, mom!" If he doesn't get the hang of it in two weeks we will throw the training wheels on; they are hidden in the basement.
James got a scooter. He can go scary fast. And he usually wears a helmet.
James did not want a picture. Such a cute pout.
Oh, this is another one of Isaac's projects. He felt bad the squirrels didn't get Christmas presents. He's been collecting sticks and breaking them into little pieces for presents for them--bikes and baseballs.
Blake got a new iPod.
Oh, the kids also loved the camping chairs we opened later in the day. Isaac carries his everywhere.
I love this picture: the legos, the new backhoe, the new camping chair, helicopter, wrapping paper, James wearing one sock, a box from Amazon. This is our Christmas.
So then the next day it was Christmas Eve and Blake worked until 6. We managed to stay alive by alternating inside and outside--15 minutes playing legos, 15 minutes riding bikes/scooter, 15 minutes fighting over trucks, 15 minutes doing lawn mowers. Blake got off "early" at 6. We did our usual Chrismas Eve thing--the nativity. Except Isaac ruined it by wanting everything different so finally we were so fed up with him we didn't let him participate and put him on the stairs. So this was the only picture I got of our nativity. James just sat through the whole thing with wide eyes and a closed mouth.
Anyway, today is December 26th and I feel like Christmas has been over forever so we took down all our decorations. Better luck next year, right?