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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Christmas 2015

I’m always so sad to see Christmas go.  We had such a holiday filled month that when Christmas actually gets here it’s over before you even know it.  Christmas eve is always the busier night of the holiday for us.  The kids went up to my parent’s house a night early so Jake and I could get some last minute holiday presents built and wrapped.  They had a blast decorating gingerbread houses and playing with Lennon. 

The next morning Jake and I came up early to assist with the tamale spreading.  This year we had a smaller group of spreaders and it actually made for a smoother process and we ended up doing them in record time.  Madden even joined in. 


By the afternoon all the family had arrived. Skylar and Madden were running around with Carmen and Jaylee most of the night.  I think Madden asked me 100x if it was time to open presents throughout the whole morning and into the evening.  Finally by 6:30 PM I couldn’t make the kids wait a second longer.  We put a blue line down and let the present opening begin.  All the kids were totally spoiled opening up gift after gift.  Lennon wasn’t quite as into opening presents as the rest of the kids, he preferred to make the rounds to each kids pile of presents and picking out what he liked.  By the end of it Madden left with two different race tracks and Skylar had a flying Unicorn and a swimming mermaid.

I think the highlight of the night was the white elephant gift exchange.  There were some fun going around.  A lava lamp, gift cards, duck soap on a rope, Bluetooth beanie and the best was my dad’s gift that consisted of Milagro Landscaping shirts and gear along with a stack of scratchers.  Jake ended up with the shirts and scratchers after a couple steals.

It was after 8:00 PM by the time we packed the gifts and kids up to head home.  Once we got home Madden put out his reindeer oats in the front yard that his teachers gave him and Skylar set out the cookies and milk. We put them to bed and Jake and I got to work setting up presents.  This year was a hard year when it came what gifts to give the kids.   Skylar and Madden weren’t giving us many ideas on what they wanted from Santa.  Especially Skylar, it was like pulling teeth for ideas.  Finally about a week and a half before Christmas she mentioned wanting a guitar.  So Santa brought her a guitar and karaoke machine.  Madden was a bit easier, once I found the 2 ½ foot dinosaur that walks, roars and shoots cannonballs I knew he would love it.

That morning we ate cinnamon rolls, which the kids barely ate because they were too excited to play with their new toys.  We headed over to the Rossitto’s house for more present opening for the kids.  Jess’ parents and Eric’s parents who are just the sweetest people both got gifts for Skylar and Madden. 

By mid-morning the present opening wasn’t done as my parents arrived with a car load for the kids and we hadn’t got to the gifts from the NorCal Ernest’s and Funks. There were unicorns, computers, glow in the dark race track (Madden’s 3rd track this Christmas), Lego sets, superheroes, shoes and clothes.  That evening Aunt Elsa, Jon, Ron and the kids all came down and joined us for Christmas dinner. 

2015 was a great holiday and even a better year for our family!  Looking forward to seeing what 2016 has to bring us all (fingers crossed Madden will enjoy pictures in 2016).

1 comment:

  1. Ahhhh, Christmas! So many wonderful pictures to enjoy. I like your outfit, Nicole---the black and white patterned dress with black tights. Very attractive on you. Great job on the Christmas wrapping with white paper and red ribbons. Skylar and Madden look so happy.