We were so excited to be able to have Aunt Cheryl and Uncle Mark spend Christmas with us this year. It'd been a while since we had seen them, so it was nice to have some time together. We also got to celebrate Cheryl finishing her masters from Kellog, at Northwestern.
This year, we decided to do our big meal on Christmas Eve, so there would be no major cooking on Christmas Day, just playing with new toys!
|Our Christmas table, with the arrangement from Great-Grandma Tobin|
|And some of Brant's handiwork as a decoration!|
|Opening one of the gifts, cool Japanese cartoon character figurines and dragon!|
It was starting to get late, we'd already tracked Santa across Asia and Europe, and he was in the Sandwich Islands. It was time to sprinkle reindeer food and put out cookies and milk for Santa.
|Cute bag of reindeer food, I love the fact that Brant put his initials BHDO on the antlers, instead of writing out his whole name!|
|Sprinkle on one side of the yard|
|A lot on the other, where we thought Santa had a better landing zone.|
Brady took to Cheryl and Mark quite well, and we couldn't resist a little Santa fun, but he'd not have much to do with it!
|A silly photo with Santa's milk and cookies, and an extra special treat, a Santa chocolate from our local chocolate shop|
|The new sled, Santa said in his letter to Brant that it was the "elves' latest design"|
|An amphibious remote control. It even runs in the pool! well, we've not tried that yet, but will!|
|This could be described as the Lego Christmas!|
|Moving on to Mommy and Daddy gifts, Brant got a Phanatic Pillow Pet|
|And he'd hardly noticed the Wii, until he got to the games|
|This is the gift that had driven him nuts for a week. He just couldn't figure out what it might be!|
|It was an expedition set!|
|The tent HAD to be set up, the lantern (with campfire setting) had to be readied and the binocular tested|
|Of course, Marine camoflauge is always a hit!|
Where did he go?
|Whew, resting on his sled. Opening presents is exhausting!|
|Brady liked his new toy from his stocking, he always snuggles his toys in his chair.|
|Organizing his new Lego firestation|
And I guess, in the next few days it'll be time to de-Christmas, as we head back to school and such. But what a great vacation we've had! I'm sure we'll get into some more fun in the next few days, as Daddy is still off. Merry Christmas to everyone, and a very Happy New Year!