Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas...ver. 2011

Christmas was a multi-day event again this year. We kicked off the celebrations with dinner and gifts with my family on Thursday night, the 22nd. This is the time that worked out for everyone to be there. We enjoyed a wonderful dinner prepared by my mom, then retired to the living room to let the paper tearing begin.

I think the photo of the evening is this one..


The look on Sophia's face when she opened the Jasmine princess doll Granny got her is priceless! She asked Santa for two new princess dollies, and this is one of them. She opened several gifts, and received lots of nice clothes and other goodies.

This was my great nephew Wyndon's first Christmas. Most of the time he seemed interested in the paper and bows, sometimes it appeared he wasn't that into it;)...


My sister LeAnn made this adorable Razorback hat for Sophia...


In fact, she made matching hats for the three littles...

The littles also received matching outfits that my other sister, Betty, made. I somehow didn't get a great picture of those (unfortunately). Yes, I have a crafty family. Why didn't I get any of those genes?

Christmas Eve morning, Sophia and I (well, mostly I...) made chocolate chip cookies for Santa. This is first year we've done the whole 'cookies and milk' thing. Up until now, Sophia didn't really 'get' the Santa thing. This year, she was all over it!



Christmas Eve night, we celebrated Christmas with Toby's family. After another wonderful dinner, Sophia and Savannah did the honors of handing out all the presents.


It was nice to see everyone, including Toby's 82 year old dad, enjoying opening each and every gift...


Sophia, of course, made out like a bandit. She got an adorable outfit from Aunt Niki and Uncle Cliff, some sweet Tinkerbell friends toys, an awesome Tinkerbell tea set, and this beautiful butterfly book...


After the Christmas party, Sophia was wound up. It was difficult to get her to go to sleep, even with all the "Santa can't come until you go to sleep.", and "Wow! Santa will be here any minute! Better shut your eyes." talk. She finally fell asleep around ten, and Toby and I got to work setting up her 'Santa' surprise.

Sophia woke up to this and this Christmas morning...


A new jeep with three new dolls and...

an empty cookie plate and milk glass with a personal note from Santa!


Sophia got several fun things in her stocking...


She also got the standard issue clothes and books. She really love books, which I really love. I got a camera (which I got early, thanks Honey!), some wonderful perfume and new jeans. Toby got some clothes and a particular item that you can see below.

After cleaning up all the paper and bows, and eating breakfast, we headed outside to take advantage of the sunshine. Thankfully, it was warm enough for Sophia to take the Jeep out for a spin...


She did a pretty good job of keeping it between the ditches, though she did go off-roading a couple of times. This Jeep is so fancy, it even has a radio. Sometimes, she got too distracted pushing buttons and forgot to watch the road!

After driving up and down the street about three or four times, we headed back inside for Toby to set up his other Christmas gift...a model train set!


We were blessed once again this year with a fabulous Christmas. We wish everyone could enjoy the same generosity and plenty that have.

This morning, we decided to get with it and take down all the Christmas decorations. We had everything down, boxed and back in the attic by noon! It was very hard work, but I'm so happy to have that done, especially since we have another MAJOR party tomorrow - Sophia's 4th Birthday!!!! (Can't believe my BABY is four!!)

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