Then they went to bed and mommy stayed up to capture the Christmas magic and to take pictures of her newest treasured ornaments as well as the boys' favorite-of-the-year ornament.
It didn't seem like it took very long for morning to come, but it seemed to take for.e.ver for daddy to get home from work on Christmas morning!!! Once he was home, Christmas was finally able to begin- and the boys wasted no time passing out the gifts they had "bought" and working their way through the gifts that we had given them. Among their favorite was boxes of Cars and Toy Story fruit snacks from Santa, and a towel-backpack that mommy made for each of them!
After our family Christmas, the boys chilled out while Dave and I got ready to go to my parents' for more Christmas! And what held their attention so well while we got ready? Why, their new 10-disc DVD set of Trains: A Tour Across America, of course! (pic taken with my cell phone)
The second I walked into the house and grabbed Luke as he ran by me, I noticed that he was wearing a shirt that said "Big Brother"! I was so excited, I was so excited that once again we got a Christmas pregnancy announcement from my sister and that I was going to be an auntie again! Since then we've found out that she is expecting another boy, and I am thrilled that we are going to have four boys running around come mid-August!
After we were done at my mom's we headed over to my Aunt Sandra's house (of course!) for Christmas with the whole family! We had such a great time, Jack played in the doorway with his cousins and grandma until Santa got there, and I was thrilled that once again Sam proved that he was growing up by not completely flipping out when I put him in the vicinity of a stranger... I guess Santa isn't that much of a stranger to him anymore? Perhaps it was the gift that Santa was holding in his hands that made Sam brave. He even climbed up onto Santa's lap himself when his name was called for a second time! Luke just couldn't stop staring at Santa and made it clear that he wanted to get off his lap as soon as humanly possible, but he didn't freak out, either. Unfortunately their baby cousins, Carys and Timmy, didn't get the memo that Santa isn't scary, but don't worry: once the were removed from the jolly man's lap they made quick recoveries.
And Sam was thrilled by his gifts from Santa: Buzz and Woody!
And that's it for December and 2011! I will end this with two pictures of how my boys spent most of New Year's Eve: