Christmas 2012

So another Christmas has come and gone. Jenna was not with us for Christmas this year, but she was with us the weekend before, so that’s when we opened her presents. She was quite surprised to hear that since usually we make her wait until after Christmas. But as of right now, I don’t think she’s coming back until Jan 12th, so we didn’t want her to have to wait that long. We opened both the presents to her and the ones from her. And if the kids ask, Santa came to her house this year. 🙂

We started out our holiday weekend by taking Alex and Jenna to see the Milwaukee Ballet’s version of the Nutcracker. It was Jenna’s 4th time and Alex’s 1st. Alex said afterwards he enjoyed it, but he was ready to go home after the first act, which lasted about an hour. Beth was at home with Lynze. That evening we opened presents with Jenna. Beth got a Playmobile school bus, complete with lights that flash. Alex got a Playmobile recycling truck, complete with “recyclables” and a garbage can that can be attached and dumped into the truck. Eric got a new travel mug and I got my Mother’s ring. Which technically was from all three kids and Eric, but it was the only present with Jenna’s name on it.

Then it was Jenna’s turn. She opened Aunt Leigh’s, Alicia’s and the kid’s presents. (I’ll list everything below.) Then she was very, very surprised to get a laptop from us. She’s been saving for one for about 6 months now. She had gotten to a whopping $35, so it was going to take her a while. Just the night before, she had gone online researching laptops and found out that she was going to have to spend at least $450, not $200 like she had hoped. After she opened our present, we let her open Grandma and Grandpa’s gift, which was a laptop case. We let her be confused by the kid’s gifts (a mouse and a CD case), but we thought their gift might tip her off. 😉

Her next Facebook status update read:


Christmas Eve night for some reason the kids were being quite annoying. I actually threatened to call off Christmas as I was so exasperated with them not listening and not getting ready for bed. If it was just excitement, I could have handled it, but they were downright ornery and grumpy. We finally got them into to bed a little past their normal bedtime. (Which was really needed since they’d been up late the past 3 nights.) About 20 minutes later, Alex shows up downstairs. He can’t sleep. We threatened to put him to work doing dishes, since we were in the middle of trying to clean the kitchen. Instead he started picking up toys. And then he did what he called his “blanket work”. He folded up all the blankets and afghans that were in the parlor. And laid them out neatly to cover the floor in the corner between the chair and couch.

I asked him if he wanted to put out cookies and milk, since we had forgotten that in the chaos of ornery children. He did. Then he wrote a note to Santa:

“Dear Santa I fixed the house and some cookies ^|and milk| Just for you. Signed Alex.L”

He headed back off to bed again around 8:30. 15 minutes later, I decided to fill the stockings while Eric stood guard upstairs. Sure enough, about 10 minutes after that, Eric came down to tell me that Alex had gotten up again and was in our bed, then Eric went back up to keep him up there. By the time I finally went upstairs to get the presents out of the attic at 10:00, Alex had moved to Jenna’s room and was asleep.

Then came Christmas morning. Eric and I woke up around 6am. Imagine our surprise when we were still puttering around after 7am, waiting for the kids to wake up! Alicia was also waiting for us to call and finally called us at 7:10 to find out what was going on. I called Dad at 7:15 to tell him they were still sleeping. Beth finally woke up at 7:20 and we woke Alex up.

While the kids went through their stockings, I turned on the computer and got mom and dad on Skype so they could watch the chaos. And chaos it was! Towards the end, Beth handed Daddy something in bubble wrap. “What’s this?, he asked.” “I unwrapped it for you!”, Beth proclaimed proudly. Every adult started laughing! Beth realized that maybe she wasn’t supposed to do that and buried her head into Daddy’s legs on the floor, quite embarrassed. We assured her it was OK and continued handing her our gifts to “help” us open them.

The rest of the day was pretty typical. I wouldn’t say quiet because it defiantly wasn’t. Between opening the horrible packaging surrounding the kids toys and making and eating dinner, it was 3pm before I got to sit down for a bit. Alex’s favorite gifts were probably the 7 packs of Pokemon booster packs, Wii Sports Resort (technically for the whole family), and the Hot Wheels Wall Tracks Power Tower, which took some time to get set up. But it was worth it (click to play the video):

Beth played a lot with her new Doc McStuffins doll, watched her new Doc McStuffins DVD and had a great time painting with her new easel and paint set:

After I got a chance to sit down for a bit, I went downstairs to join in on some family Wii Sports Resort. Beth refused to play (it’s still a bit hard for her), so she went to watch Doc McStuffins while Alex, Eric and I played. We played 100-pin bowling, Frisbee Dog, and Wake-boarding. Let me tell you, Wake-boarding is hard work for your arms!

By the time we finished, there was just enough time to get the kids some dinner and get them off to bed. We had no complaints about teeth-brushing thanks to their new electric toothbrushes! Eric and I both had to go back to work on Wednesday, so we all had to be up early.

As always, there are more pictures from Christmas in the photo gallery.

Here’s what the kids got this year :


  • 5 Wall Tracks cars and a Wall Tracks display rack (Us)
  • Pokemon Theme Deck + 4 booster packs with metal tin (Us)
  • Ford F-150 Remote Control Truck (Us)
  • Arm & Hammer My Way Spinbrush – Boys
  • 3 Winter Hats: Star Wars, Spider-man, Batman (Beth)
  • Playmobile recycling Truck (Jenna)
  • Wall Tracks Power Tower (Grandma & Grandpa)
  • Wall Tracks Daredevil Curve (Aunt Leigh)
  • Disney Cars Francesco Bernoulli car (Aunt Leigh)
  • Smarty Pants – 1st Grade game (Alicia)
  • Pokemon Card set (Alicia)
  • Hot Wheel’s T-Rex Take-down (Santa)
  • Tikki Tikki Tembo book (Santa)
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day book (Santa)
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs book (Santa)
  • I Spy: 4 Picture Riddle Books (Santa)


  • Hello Kitty RC (Us)
  • Table Top Easel with pad of Easel paper (Us)
  • Crayola Washable Tempera paint with spill proof cups and paint brushes (Us)
  • Arm & Hammer My Way Spinbrush – Girls
  • Hello Kitty Checked Hat and Gloves Set (Alex)
  • Playmobile School Bus (Jenna)
  • Disney Doc McStuffins Time For Your Check Up Doll (Grandma & Grandpa)
  • Ty Beanie Buddy Hello Kitty (Aunt Leigh)
  • Doc McStuffins DVD (Aunt Leigh)
  • Smarty Pants – Pre-K game (Alicia)
  • Strawberry Shortcake Dolls, Berry Best Collection Doll Set (Santa)
  • Another Monster at the End of This Book (Santa)
  • We’re Going on a Bear Hunt book (Santa)
  • The Snowy Day book (Santa)
  • Pinkalicious book(Santa)


  • Dell Laptop (Us)
  • Artist & Display Gift Card (Us)
  • Wireless laptop mouse (Alex)
  • CD Case (Beth)
  • Laptop Case (Grandma & Grandpa)
  • iTunes gift card (Grandma & Grandpa)
  • Clinique makeup set with case and makeup brushes (Aunt Leigh)
  • Gloom card game (Alicia)
  • iTunes gift card (Alicia)
  • Bag of chocolates (Alicia)

6 thoughts on “Christmas 2012

  1. We enjoyed watching the chaos! We especially loved Alex’s gift to his Dad. What man wouldn’t like a snowman tie to wear with his T-shirts to work!!!

  2. WOW You must have been opening present for hours. We have the bear hunt book at Head Start. The kids really like to act out the story.

  3. Wow what a wonderful Christmas. I miss having all the chaos on Christmas morning. Just Uncle Jeff and I but we have some chaos on Christmas Eve when we get together with all the kids and grandchildren. Enjoy every morning with the children. It goes by too fast.

    Love, Aunt Lynn