Christmas 2011

This year’s Christmas was a little different than past years. Mainly because my parents and my sister were with us. I think my last Christmas with my parents was 1999 and I got together with my sister on Christmas in 2002, less than a year before she moved back to Ohio. So it was really nice to have everyone together. We set alarms for 6:15 on Christmas morning. My parents had asked what time did I think the kids would get up and I said “6:20”. I was off by 5 minutes – it was 6:25! 🙂 Our very good friend Alica also came over to watch the kids open presents since she was in town for the first time in a very long time.

So the kids went to town on the presents. Alex opened his super-fast while Beth took absolutely forever. We had held one group of presents for the end because I didn’t want something to accidentally get opened before other items. That item was our big family gift – a Wii. I wanted to make sure they opened that before they opened the games for it. After breakfast, I went into the basement to hook it up. Eric came down to help, and then we called the kids down. And then spent a good 2 hours down there (all 9 of us!) playing Wii Sports. I think it was a hit!

So as usual, here’s the list (for future reference if anyone wonders where a certain beloved gift came from or how old it is)


  • Diesel 10 engine (Santa)
  • Diesel engine (Santa)
  • Sir Topham Hat figure (Santa)
  • Zhu Zhu Pets Basic Vehicle – Motorbike & Zhu Zhu Baby (Santa)
  • Sticker Book (Santa)
  • Cars 2 DVD (Us)
  • Cars 2 Wii game (Us)
  • Battery operated Lantern (Us)
  • Playmobil Sea Serpent “Nessie” (Jenna)
  • Hot Wheels Sea Serpent Island Playset (Beth)
  • LEGO Sticker Book (Grandma & Grandpa)
  • LEGO Cars 2 Flo’s V8 Café (Grandma & Grandpa)
  • LEGO Cars 2 World Grand Prix Racing Rivalry (Aunt Leigh)
  • Cross-Stitched Ornament (Aunt Leigh)
  • Quarry Mine Tunnel (Great-Grandma & Great-Grandpa)


  • Thomas the Tank Engine (Santa)
  • Annie and Clarabel (Santa)
  • La La Loopsy Mini Doll (Santa)
  • Zhu Zhu Babies Playset Ladybug Stroller & Zhu Zhu Baby (Santa)
  • Sticker Book (Santa)
  • Blue’s Clues DVD (Us)
  • Sesame Street: Ready, Set, Grover! Wii game (Us)
  • Battery operated Lantern (Us)
  • Playmobil Girl With Pets (Jenna)
  • Team Umizoomi DVD (Alex)
  • Dress up Clothes (Grandma & Grandpa)
  • Dress up Shoes (Grandma & Grandpa)
  • LEGO Cars 2 Mater’s Spy Zone (Aunt Leigh)
  • Cross-Stitched Ornament (Aunt Leigh)
  • Snow Mountain Tunnel (Great-Grandma & Great-Grandpa)


  • The Storymatic (Santa)
  • Photo-opoly (Santa)
  • 5: Life Playbook (Us)
  • Pokemon Wii Game (Us)
  • Artist & Display Gift Card (Us)
  • Amazon Gift Card (Us)
  • Claire’s Gift Card (Us)
  • How to Draw Nickelodeon Avatar: The Last Airbender (Alex)
  • Rory’s Story Cubes (Beth)
  • Gamestop Gift Card (Grandma & Grandpa)
  • Simulated Emerald Earrings (Grandma & Grandpa)
  • Simulated Ruby Earrings (Grandma & Grandpa)
  • Simulated Ruby Necklace (matches earrings) (Aunt Leigh)
  • iTunes Gift Card (Aunt Leigh)
  • Cross-Stitched Ornament (Aunt Leigh)
  • iTunes Gift Card (Great-Grandma & Great-Grandpa)

And here’s a couple of pictures. The rest are in the photo gallery, which has finally been updated as well.

6 thoughts on “Christmas 2011

  1. Even though we thoroughly enjoy Skyping on Christmas, we both agree that this was the best Christmas we’ve had in years. Thanks for inviting us.

  2. You all are invited every year! But I know how hard it is to travel right then, plus coming back up 3 weeks later for the kid’s party was a lot!

  3. We have to admit, “See you in three weeks” was a really weird way of saying goodbye at Christmas!