A Merry Christmas morning! The boys were awake at 5:30 (just as expected), but Ben went and shut their door and they stayed there, as told, until 6:30 (okay, maybe they came in at 6:25, but close).
I had told the kids the night before that when we got up we were just going to check out what Santa brought. Santa leaves each kid one "big" gift and then fills the stockings. There was plenty of entertainment from Santa to keep us busy for the next couple of hours that morning. A little before 8:30 Ben headed out to church early to practice with the choir. I got everyone ready and then had to take pictures. And you get to see all 3 of them b/c they all make me laugh:
After church we came home and I got some things ready for dinner while Ben picked up a little bit. Then we got to unwrap the presents:
The batteries in our camera were dead by now (in fact, to get this picture, we had to scrounge around for a lot of random batteries. I think some of the batteries were from the TV remote. . . I tried to get one more shot, but all batteries were completely exhausted at that point.)
So lucky for you I don't have more pictures. Because I could have. I tried to get Ben to go to our neighbors and "borrow" some, but he wouldn't. Sigh.
Our dinner consisted of everyone having their very own cornish hen (Lucy and I shared). Nobody but Ben really eats most of the chicken (though he doesn't eat much of the white meat. . .), but it's still fun to do. And I picked off the uneaten meat and we'll be using it in dinners this week. We also had yummy cooked carrots and potatoes. And rolls. And red,white, and green layered jello. Definitely tastier than Christmas Eve!
It was really just a great, great day. The kids loved it and loved everything they got. We're all sad it's over and gone. Now on to 2012 I guess!