Christmas Day in the Morning
I just love Christmas morning, even more now than I did as a child. Seeing our children’s joy and excitement as they opened each gift, or watched their siblings open theirs, was so much fun! Every year, Hubby and I choose three gifts for each of our children, reminding them that Christ was also given three gifts. This year, it was a little bit harder than usual, since some of the gifts were an assortment of clothing items and some were a combination of toys. I ended up wrapping some items together so they still had “three” gifts each.
~ Discovering the new Train/Activity Table ~
We’ve been looking for a Train/Activity Table for awhile now and finally found the perfect one for our family! I loved that it was black and solid wood. I purchased ours from Baby Age, but it doesn’t look like it is available on their website any longer. From the reviews it was compared to a Pottery Barn table at a MUCH better price. It has been a hit!
~ Gifts for Captain ~
Box of Clothing including a new Robe, Hockey Sweatshirt, Shirt and Socks
~ Gifts for Rascal ~
His very own Hockey Skates
Box of Clothing, including Hockey shirt, Hockey Sweatshirt and a new Robe
~ Gifts for the Twinkle Toes ~
Box of Clothing, including a new Robe, warm clothes and “Twinkle Toes” shirt
~ Gifts for Chiquita ~
New Dollhouse to share with her sister
Box of Clothing including new Robe and warm clothes
~ Gifts for Snuggles ~
The train table was basically ordered with Snuggles in mind, but we also wrapped another of the Hockey Sets for him to unwrap. He also received a box with new shoes, his “very own!” hockey shirt, and a Toy Story Thermos
for all those extra cold mornings at The Rink watching his older brothers’ Hockey games.
His 3rd gift was a box filled with Die Cast Cars, including a talking Finn. He later unwrapped even more cars from his Grandparents and couldn’t have been happier!
~ Gifts for Rose ~
Another new doll, the Corolle Mon Premier Calin 12″ Baby Doll
, which she LOVED immediately, unlike the doll from her birthday (which has since grown on her). She ran to get her birthday stroller to give them both a ride!
~ Gifts for Bud ~
~ Stocking Stuffers ~
I can’t believe that I didn’t get a picture of the baby with his stocking! I also forgot about a whole little box of stocking stuffers that I just found in my closet… No wonder I had such a hard time filling the stockings on Christmas Eve! At least I have a jump start on their Easter Baskets now. 😉
Grandma and Grandpa sent all sorts of fun and thoughtful gifts to the kids, but the favorites were some of the new books that they sent. I love that my mother-in-law runs a Catholic bookstore at her church! I was amazed that with all the great books she sent, we didn’t have even one of them already. The kids have been enjoying all of them!
P.S. Sorry for all the long, picture heavy, posts today! I’ve been working on all of these posts a little at a time over the past weeks and just had to get them out of my drafts folder so I wouldn’t feel quite so behind. Hope you don’t mind, but I didn’t want to end up with such a huge gap in this online “scrapbook” for my family! 🙂
Prayer of Mothers
Father in heaven, grant me the grace to appreciate the dignity which you have conferred on me. Let me realize that not even the Angels have been blessed with such a privilege—to share in your creative miracle and bring new Saints to heaven. Make me a good mother to all my children after the example of Mary, the Mother of your Son. Through the intercession of Jesus and Mary I ask your continued blessings on my family. Let us all be dedicated to your service on earth and attain the eternal happiness of your kingdom in heaven. Amen.