When it comes to our own children we do not buy a bunch of toys, rather it is things that can be used over and over and hopefully passed on to other siblings. When gifts are bought we try to either have them be outside toys where they will run off energy and get in some physical exercise without even knowing it or have it be something that they will have to use their imagination. Last year Santa bought them a Wii with dance games and I can tell you that it has not been turned on even once since New Years last year. Our kids thankfully have not been around video games often so they have no idea they even exist. We will keep it this way as long as possible.
|The baby boys wanted nothing to do with taking a picture with daddy.|
|My little family|
This year our kids wishlist were very short and that probably had to do with us not getting forwarded a single Christmas catalog because we moved. The girls did get one American Doll magazine in which they spent thirty minutes circling things they liked but then after that it was forgotten. When we asked them what they wanted they would literally look around our house and name things we already had. Our kids are just not that big into toys as I have mentioned in previous posts. Drew did have one consistent 'want' and that was a skateboard!
The girls have an area in their room that we knew we wanted to make into an art corner. A couple days before Christmas we decided we wanted to get them a desk to start transforming this area. The desk that I wanted that would fit 2 was from Pottery Barn and only had a price tag of $1300. A tad out of our Christmas budget! So I started searching craigslist. I came across a table that I knew would be perfect and was what I was envisioning for this space. It needs a new coat of paint but it is a solid table and the neat thing is that it has two leaves that are permanently on the table that pull out from the bottom and you are able to pull out one or both of the leaves. The amazing part was that I got the table and 4 oak chairs for $100. We will be replacing the chairs with a bench but for now the chairs are working just fine. Last thing on our shopping list for the big kids was a skateboard for Drew and he was so excited when he opened this gift. All his dreams had come true.
|Their smiles went from ear to ear.|
|The table is going to be painted white with yellow chevrons and then I will be adding a white bench instead of the chairs.|
Santa usually brings one large gift for the older kids and that is what he did this year too. This years gift was a trampoline and the kids have jumped for hours each day since getting it. They love it and for the most part there is very little arguing when they are on it. It has even made for some very early bedtimes, as in 5:45! Santa does fill stockings with things like socks, art supplies, and of course one treat for all.
|I have no pictures of the big kids in the trampoline but I found out that throwing a couple of balls in with four babies makes for lots of giggles...|
|until they realize they have been trapped.|
And just a few more pictures from Christmas day...
|It was gorgeous on Christmas so we spent the entire day outside. I miss the snow on Christmas but mid-60's may be even better.|
|I asked Kenzie to smile and she tilted her head and did just what I asked. We are in trouble!|
|Boys will be boys. Can't imagine when there is 2 more in this pile next year.|
|This 31in hard plastic spiderman was a gift to Drew from my sister. Pay backs are going to be so much fun when she has kids. What is he suppose to do with this but of course he doesn't want me to return it for something he can play with!|
|My little artist coloring with Grandpa|
|Finishing the night with birthday cake for Jesus.|