Christmas morning the kids were up before the sun, but we put them off until about 8:00 a.m. before letting them start to unwrap and turn the living room into a pile of wrapping paper. We could hear them whispering about what was in their stockings and how many presents each of them had in a stack. This year they got to unwrap presents from youngest to oldest child.First up was Justin. He unwrapped his Lego King Castle that was on his wish list to Santa. He has been spying this Lego castle for months. He stalked the ads looking for one on sale to tell Santa about. This castle costs $99.99 and he knew that was a lot of money. But, Santa can do anything. Justin saw that it was on sale in the Shopko toy catalog for $74.99 and he told all of us. Good thing Santa also had a $10 off coupon to help cut the cost down a little more.
Santa surprised Ashlin with a Nook. Santa must have known that Ashlin has a love to read with this great gift. Since Christmas she has learned how to borrow books for her Nook from our local public library's website.
Erica and Cara both received Dre' Beats headphones from Santa. They both wanted a set.
Justin was ripping through packages quite fast when it was his turn. If his package contained clothes, he barely spared it a glance except to add it to his pile of loot.
Santa did show up with a few games for their enjoyment. Justin received a Connect 4 game, Ashlin received a Monopoly game and Erica received a Trivial Pursuit Family Edition game. Something to do beside watch TV or play games on the computer.
Ashlin had earmuffs on her wish list. Santa came through with some purple sparkly earmuffs that she wore for the rest of the day.
Cara received some new clothes from her favorite store Aeropostle. One sweater that she really loved was too big and went back, another sweatshirt - Cara didn't like the color, and another sweater went back due to it being lime green (I know that I ordered a pale yellow color in it). Cara loves that store!
Justin was very proud that he made a present for Dad and Mom in school. He made us this macaroni wreath at school. He glued on all the various noodles, then his teacher painted it gold. Ashlin made us a homemade cupcake ornament for the tree. Erica and her class made a class cookbook of family favorite recipes. Love the homemade gifts.