Ben got to spend a fun couple of days at Granmom’s, already getting to open up a couple of Christmas gifts. Granmom and Papa gave him a new bike! And he got a big lego collection from Angie! It sounds like he had a great time, spending lots of hours building and playing. And during this time, I got to sneak some presents into the house without him seeing, Evan and I got to spend lots of playtime together, and Evan had a great gymnastics class.
On Thursday we took Granmom Loretta and Aunt Jenny to Fiesta Texas. The weather was perfect; we had a great time! Ben and I “ice skated.” Granmom, Nathan, and I rode lots of rides with the kids. We got everyone onto the carousel (even Jenny and Burke). And then we stopped at Chick-fil-a for milk shakes (chocolate pepperminty goodness!).
Ben was my little elf on Christmas Eve. He helped me get the last of the gifts wrapped. And we baked cookies for everyone (including Santa). We got the whole family around the table to ice and eat some cookies for snack; we went out to eat for dinner; we stopped at the North Pole one last time to look at the Christmas lights. And then the boys got to exchange gifts. Ben gave Evan a Santa/North Pole GeoTrax train, which Evan loved and played with all evening. And Evan gave Ben a lego set, which he built with until bed time. Sweet!
Christmas morning, the boys went through their stockings stuffed with goodies! Then the day was spent cooking up a wonderful Christmas lunch and eating! There was LOTS of food. But nothing beats the cheese ball, sweet potato fries, yeast rolls, and chocolate cupcakes. Yum! And then (after much begging by Ben), we finally opened gifts.
Favorite things received? Evan loves his new Cars characters and wii game, his golf set, the Hot Potato game, and the jumbo sized keyboard! Ben loves his legos, gps unit, and Wheel of Fortune wii game! Nathan and I can’t wait to spend our gift certificates at Kohl’s, Home Depot, and Amazon! And I just love the boys’ new Bass Pro Shops caps from Papa (very handsome).
Favorite things we gave? We loved the concept we went with this year… gift of the month clubs. Each month, my parents will receive a food gift certificate which they can use at their choice of San Antonio restaurants and a yummy smelling soap from a seller on Etsy, Nathan’s parents will be getting different teas and candles from Etsy sellers, and Jenny and Angie will be getting cupcakes and cookies from Sweet Beginnings. All delivered right to their doors each month!
And Christmas evening? We popped popcorn, blended up some frozen hot chocolate, and settled in with The Polar Express. Heaven!
Thanks to everyone who sent Christmas cards and well wishes. Thank you for all the wonderful gifts! And big hugs to our family who joined us yesterday for the fun. We are so blessed!!! Merry Christmas!!!