Merry Christmas to one and all! To our family abroad and out of state on this day, lots of hugs, kisses and merriment! I guess I should begin at the beginning, as that's a very good place to start! Yesterday, Christmas Eve, was a wonderful, relaxing day. We spent it between Mom's house and ours, piddling and doing those typical day off kind of things. We also baked a very special batch of cookies for Santa. In the evening we all gathered at Mom's house for our Christmas Eve dinner of ham, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole and homemade yeast rolls. We decided to let Brant open his presnts from Grandma, so that they wouldn't get lost in the shuffle of Santa. He also opened his gifts from Grandma Tobin, Jim and Carol. After playing with them for awhile, all of us!, we got online and gave the Japan Soules a tour of Mom's new house. Then, Brant opened his present from them, a great Fisher Price camera! He loves it and he's already taken lots of pictures on it. After that, we knew we had to get home to get cookies and milk out for Santa. We'd tracked Santa on http://www.noradsanta.org/ and it said that he was running a bit ahead of schedule. It was also neat to see that he'd already delivered to Noah and everyone in Japan! After leaving the cookies and milk, and the magic key on the porch, Brant got into his jammies, ready for a snuggle on the couch. As a family, we read "Twas the Night before Christmas" and "Mary's Baby." Before I got to the end of "Mary's Baby" Brant was asleep. Mommy and Daddy were not too far behind.
When we woke up this morning, Santa had made a delivery. We were all in bed together (Brant joined us around 5 this morning). Brant started saying that he wanted to go to "Toot n' Puddle's house." Toot and Puddle is a very cute show that we watch about two pigs, one who is adventuresome, the other a homebody. I guess he had dreamed about it! We had to convince Brant to get out of bed to see if Santa had come. When he finally did, he was soooo excited that Santa had eaten his cookies and milk! Santa even left him a letter beside his empty plate, thanking Brant for the magic key and cookies. So, I know everyone wants to know what Santa left! So, here goes...a large John Deere tractor and trailer, a pirate ship with pirates, books, a rocket, doctor kit and a workbench. Mommy and Daddy gave him a Play Dough caddy with all kinds of tools, Lincoln Logs, a microphone, Caillou movies, a memory game and I'm sure something I've forgotten. From Grandma he got a V-Tech Laptop, penguin hooded towel and washcloths, and a go-fish game. He also recieved a Tonka race car track and Elmo building set from Jim and Carol. Grandma Tobin got him a cool skateboarders sweatshirt. I'll just do a brief list, for those who are curious as to what Brantley and I got. Brantley got a compressor with 3 nail guns from me and B, an Under Armour Elon sweatshirt, a ratchet set and a new drill bit set. I got black clogs that I've been wanting, a black cashmere scarf, a heated matrass pad (I've been freezing...someone hogs covers) and a KINDLE!!! Don't know what it is?? Google it, it's the best! We all know the true reason for the season, and we sang Happy Birthday to Baby Jesus at breakfast. This has been such a fun Christmas. I had a hard time sleeping last night I was so excited. I think we are going to go see The Tale of Desperaux this afternoon. Lots of love to all! Merry Christmas!