This was taken on Christmas Eve when the kids were opening up their pajama gifts. They really love this tradition and are always excited to see what I have picked out for them each year.
* Disclaimer: I have been feeling really bad for months and unfortunately Christmas was no exception. My pictures are not very exciting as I just didn’t feel like being creative or doing much other than just snapshots. So, please excuse the less than stellar images. I am happy to have them though. 🙂 *
We opened up all of our gifts on Christmas morning at my parents house. Eric always cooks us a big fancy breakfast every year no matter where we are.
I have a confession to make. I am a bit OCD and I have to have all matching wrapping paper. It makes me a bit batty to look at mismatched gifts under the tree. Behind all of these are just as many gifts that are from my parents (but that paper didn’t match). LOL! I know it’s sad.
First up is always the stockings. The kids can not wait to get into those. I have to admit that they usually aren’t super exciting. I have a problem with putting anything in the stocking that is over about $5. So, the stockings are usually candy and other little things. This year, Noah gave me some suggestions on what would be great to find in his stocking. 😉
Logan is always the hardest to buy for because he doesn’t really like candy. However, he told me this year that some chocolate covered peanuts would be great. He is soooo my kid.
I promise not to show all of the gifts, just the highlights.
EVERYONE knows that Noah has to be the first to open a gift. He nearly combusts while we are eating breakfast because he just can’t wait another second. It is kind of funny. And he always ends up wanting to open more than one a time. His first gift was the Nintendo 3DS XL. He had been asking for one of these for quite a while. They had all had DS’s quite some time ago and had traded them in when they got their iphones/ipods. He missed all his Pokemon games after he traded his, so he has been anxious for a replacement. Oh, and see that chair he is sitting in. That was one of his gifts as well. He needed a better chair for his hours of computer gaming. We were all jealous. Soooo comfy!
Kendall had been asking for a Keyboard for months because she wanted it to put in her room so she could practice her piano pieces any time she wanted without disturbing everyone with the piano down in the living room. She was THRILLED when she opened this one up!!
She loves Vans shoes just like her biggest brother! She specifically asked for these blue ones. She was really good about sending me links to all of the things that were on her Christmas list. I loved it too. Online shopping was my best friend this season!
They all decided that I was to play Santa and pass out all of the gifts.
Logan eats out every Saturday for lunch during his break at work. He loves getting fast food gift cards! Kendall bought him some of his favorties!
My mom has an intense love for popcorn so I HAD to buy her these pajamas when I saw them. They just seemed too perfect.
Logan bought everyone gifts this year since he had money saved up in his account. I was so proud of him for wanting to do this. He was really great at thinking about what someone would really want and appreciate. He bought Noah one of the video games that he wanted.
Noah gave Kendall these cute flannel sheets. She had been asking for some!
She asked for an infinity ring and Santa came through!
It has become tradition for me to buy my Dad Bath & Body Works soap every year. He loves this stuff.
My mom got a new handgun this year from my Dad. This was the card on her package. So funny.
My mom had their wedding picture enlarged and framed for my Dad.
That is me with part of my stack of goodies. I got the Simplified Planner that I wanted from my parents. Eric knows the way to my heart – colored pens!! I swear you can NEVER have too many. Santa also bought me the Ninja Blender that I wanted. This thing is AWESOME! I make smoothies every single day and this thing is a beast. Kendall bought me the Vanilla Bean Bath & Body Works set. It smells just like toasted marshmallows! My big gift was Santa was a new car. 🙂 More on that later!
Kendall has a love of phone cases. She changes hers constantly. Logan bought her this cute owl one in her favorite color.
She loved it. I think it was one of her favorite gifts just because he gave it to her. She sure loves her brothers!
Noah is my reader! He can literally read a book in a day or two and does it all the time. We spend a fortune on books but it’s worth it. He had started a new series before Christmas and couldn’t wait to get more of them. We bought him the rest of the series!
I saw this new black Starbucks card one day and kept saying that I had to get one. Black is my favorite color (as everyone probably knows) so I just fell in love with it. Apparently, my family does listen to me because I got one from Logan, Kendall and Eric. 🙂
Eric is very hard to buy for. He just doesn’t really want for anything. I tried to think really hard about what he might like. He LOVES Panera but I am not a big fan so we don’t go. However, there is one near where he works. I picked up some gift cards so he could go for lunch or get his favorite bagels for breakfast.
We bought my mom the CUTEST Santa pandora charm for her bracelet. She is in love with ALL things Santa (as you can probably see from her Santa tree in the picture toward the top).
Kendall asked for this white NorthFace jacket. I wanted to keep it for myself. So warm and cozy!
Noah finally got his new headset for his computer. It also works with his Xbox One too.
Logan had a few PlayStation games on his list this year!
Kendall has finally started loving to read. I am pretty sure it is from Noah’s influence. She loves scary stories so she got quite a few for Christmas.
Eric LOVES Dilbert desk calendars. He gets one every year.
I bought Eric a Memphis pullover since we are now University of Memphis parents!
Logan wanted another monitor. He loves having a dual monitor set up. He had one but then gave one to Noah when his died. Now he has two again and is very happy. I got a new monitor too. That is where he gets his love for dual monitors from. 😉
My favorite gift that I give every year is a photo book highlighting some of the things that we have done over the past year. My mom LOVES getting this book. I didn’t have time to do one last year, so I made sure to get it done this year! I can’t wait to get MY annual book completed.
After we were done with presents, it was time for our annual watching of The Christmas Story. LOVE this movie!! It doesn’t matter how often you watch it, it never gets old!
After the movie it was game time!! We played our favorite Chicken Foot Dominos.
It was such a great Christmas even if I wasn’t feeling that well. I am so thankful for these people of mine.