Thursday, January 5, 2012


As always, Christmas came and went in a flash. Before you knew it, it was Christmas night and we walked around our quiet house looking at the chaotic mess that had taken place earlier in the day. It was a wonderful holiday though, and I wouldn't have changed any of it.

The weekend started with a trip to Aunt Robin's on Christmas Eve (pictures to come later). We enjoyed a wonderful dinner with family and friends. Christopher and Dylan had a blast. At the end of the evening came presents. Oh boy. That was crazy!!! Christopher and Carter received from very nice gifts from their family and we are extremely thankful.

Carter. Playing with trash. Instead of his new toys.

Christopher. Playing with Dylan's new toys.
When it was time to leave, Christopher was very upset. I don't think he understood what was coming the following morning. I also don't think he understood that "Santa" still had to put up our tree and bring our presents. Uh yeah. Momma and Dadda still had a long night ahead of them. And lastly, I don't think he understood that Gaga was waiting at our house, ready to hide in the basement when we got home. (Another little surprise for Christopher and Carter in the morning.)

So we packed up the car and headed home after peeling Christopher off the wall. And this, is exactly what we knew would happen:

Christopher was so tired he didn't even want to take the time to put cookies out for Santa. But we did anyway. After the boys were in bed, Gaga came up from the basement and we got to work... We went to bed at 1:30 a.m....  We woke up at 5:30 a.m...

After A LOT of coffee, the morning was under way. Christopher woke up at 7 a.m. He had gone to bed two hours past his normal bed time, so it took a little coaxing from Gaga to get him up. He was barely awake when he walked into the living room. And then, after he got a good look at all the presents, it took about five seconds before he was wired and ready to get ripping.

Carter gets a surprise greeting from Gaga.
What's going on down here?
Um, Carter, you're going the wrong way.
At least Lily knows the drill.
Dismantling of the stockings.
What is it?
It's the robot I asked Santa for!!!
After the stockings were emptied and all the toys were out of their boxes, I went to get breakfast out of the oven when I realized... We forgot about the car! Dadda and I had hidden the car in our bedroom with a string attached that ran under the tree. I showed Christopher the string and told him to follow it, but he said he already knew where it went. He saw a string earlier going into Momma and Dadda's room. Well, okay. That was pointless.

Dadda was waiting in the bedroom to take a picture of Christopher's face when he saw the Power Wheels. His face was priceless. He was in complete shock. For all of two seconds. Because before Dadda could snap the picture, Christopher had already turned around screaming to Gaga, "A Car! It's a Car! Just like on The Price is Right!"

It's like The Price is Right!
This. Is. So cool.
Christopher was pretty excited to say the least. As was Carter.

Unfortunately, we didn't read the directions until the night before and didn't realize that you had to charge the battery 18 hours before it could be used. So much for Santa bringing the gifts. We may need to make some adjustments to that schedule next year.

But it didn't matter, Christopher had a blast in his car anyway. In fact, I don't think that he understood that he would be able to actually drive it around. I think Christopher thought it was just for show. Later that night we let him drive it around the house since it was already dark outside. But the following day, it was on - Christopher was all over the backyard in his new Lightning McQueen.

C1's newest pit crew member.
A natural!
Whoa, he's fast!
Getting the hang of things.
Yeah. He's still not getting his driver's license until he's 18. Happy Holidays to everyone, I hope yours was just as great!

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