Christmas Loot

We started our Christmas as we have for several years now: Opening presents (what else?). We conferenced in Mom & Dad again via Skype. Everyone had a good time. Beth was kinda freaking us out a bit because she kept bringing over packages with her name on it, without anyone pointing them out to her! I think she only brought over one package that wasn’t hers, it was Eric’s (but I suspect that it was probably her present to him so her name was on it). It was really eerie.

After that, the rest of the day was pretty low-key. Kids played with their toys. Beth napped. I made a nice Christmas dinner of ham, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes and Jicama Mango Slaw. I spent a good portion of the day putting together and trying to load my new computer. (And spent most of the next day doing the same.)

So here’s what the kids got this year:


  • LeapFrog Tag Reading system (Us)
  • Thomas the Tank Engine – Gordon engine (Us)
  • Thomas the Tank Engine – Percy engine (Us)
  • LeapFrog Tag book – Cars – Tractor Tipping (Beth)
  • Playmobile Private Jet (Jenna)
  • LeapFrog Tag books – Learn to Read, Short Vowels (Grandma & Grandpa)
  • LeapFrog Tag books – Learn to Read, Long Vowels (Grandma & Grandpa)
  • LeapFrog Tag case (Great-Grandma & Great-Grandpa)
  • Kid-sized Headphones (Aunt Leigh)
  • Thomas the Tank Engine – Henry engine (Santa)
  • Thomas the Tank Engine Pajamas (Santa)
  • Rivers, Roads & Rails game (Alicia)


  • LeapFrog Tag Jr Reading System (Us)
  • Dora the Explorer DVD’s (3) (Us)
  • Dora the Explorer Lift-the-Flap book (Alex)
  • Playmobile 123 – Dolphin w/Child (Jenna)
  • LeapFrog Tag Jr book – Disney Princess (Grandma & Grandpa)
  • LeapFrog Tag Jr book – Thomas the Tank Engine, Best Friends (Grandma & Grandpa)
  • LeapFrog Tag Jr book – Animal Orchestra (Grandma & Grandpa)
  • LeapFrog Tag Jr book – Big Bird’s ABC’s (Grandma & Grandpa)
  • LeapFrog Tag Jr Case (Great-Grandma & Great-Grandpa)
  • Kid-sized Headphones (Aunt Leigh)
  • Thomas the Tank Engine – Emily engine (Santa)
  • Dora the Explorer Pajamas (Santa)
  • Melissa & Doug Safari Chunky Puzzle (Alicia)


  • $40 Gift Card to DSW (Us)
  • The Last Airbender, Season 1 (Us)
  • The Last Airbender, Season 2 (Us)
  • The Last Airbender, Season 3 (Aunt Leigh)
  • Jack Skellington Skinit for her Nano (Alex)
  • Nintendo Super Mario Bros. Wii Blooper Keychain (Beth)
  • Sewing Machine Case (Grandma & Grandpa)
  • Zoo Tycoon Nintendo DS game (Grandma & Grandpa)
  • $15 iTunes Gift Card (Great-Grandma & Great-Grandpa)
  • Teenage Dream by Katy Perry (Santa)
  • Sims 2 – Open for Business Deluxe expansion (Santa)

And the family got Toy Story 3 and a Lift-the-Flap Spot book from Santa. Mama bought the family another Spot book. Both books replace copies that we had that are damaged, but still get read a lot.

Daddy got Starcraft II and a new mouse, along with a few other things. Mommy got a new Slow Cooker (to replace her broken one) and a very nice new computer (some assembly required!). Alicia bought the two of us Deluxe Pente. Eric and I actually got it out that night (Tue) and played about 5 games. He won them all. 😛

8 thoughts on “Christmas Loot

  1. It sounds like a good time was had by all. I loved Christmas when there are little ones around.

  2. We really enjoyed watching the kids this year. Beth surprised us when she looked at the computer and said “That’s Papa.” We couldn’t torture her this year like last year. Enjoyed the interaction with Jenna and Alex, and later with Jenna and Beth. We wouldn’t say your computer had “some” assembly required, since all the individual components came in their own boxes. Thanks for sharing your morning with us again.

  3. My computer was only “some” assembly required – He did pay to have them put the chip in the motherboard, mount the CPU fan on the chip, and install the memory rails. And they tested it and upgraded the BIOS for us. So I didn’t have to do ALL of it. 🙂

    Just MOST of it. It wouldn’t have gone so badly if he didn’t want me to set up the RAID array to “mirror” the hard drives so that we would always have a backup in case of a hard drive failure. That’s what was really tripping us up. We loaded Windows and then set up the array, which deletes all the data. So they we had to load it again.

  4. It’s a good thing that Mama knows how to assemble her computer! By the way, you probably lost most of your audience at RAID array. The rest I actually understood!!!

    I bet Beth can read. After all, her mother taught herself to read by the age of 4, so maybe the little one is just trying to show her up?

  5. If you read your autobiography, you were reading simple words by 2 and a half. Beth has beat you!