Christmas Day is a blast. In our house, people get up early on Christmas. The boys slept up in the loft because all of our guests were sleeping down in the basement. We all gathered up at the top of the stairs in our Christmas jammies and took our traditional stairs photos. Then we turned on the Christmas music and let the kids run down the stairs to the presents! The kids were super excited. Madeline immediately went to her new dollhouse and started playing. She loved every part of it. The dollhouse was definitely a work of love as parts of it were painted white to make it look a little cuter than the way it came out of the box. Abby got her Ukulele and a great case to go with it. Emma made out with a white Razor moped type scooter that was a lot faster than we expected. Peter got an electric Segway scooter that was even faster and likely more dangerous. Andrew got a Nintendo Switch, which is what he wanted. Mike and Sara both got the new KICKR snap bike trainer. It was fun to see the kids playing and enjoying each other. It was fun to see them get excited about all the other presents as well. The favorites this year were definitely the various sushi and pizza socks. That was all Mike's idea. He is so clever. Mike and Sara got a hefty check from Grandma and Grandpa. The check was wrapped up in a play doh can and on the outside it said, "We thought you could use some extra "dough" around the holidays.." It was such a generous gift and very much appreciated. I was ecstatic to finally get a Garmin triathlon watch, the Fenix 5S plus. I had been eyeing that watch for quite some time. Mike finally got winterized mats for his truck and his traditional lego set. Maybe he will end up putting together before December of next year. The best present by far, though, was when Ruby announced that she was expecting another baby, which was super fun. In all, it was a great time to be together. Once the morning festivities were over and the wrapping paper was all cleaned up, we took everyone to see the new Mary Poppins movie. This was Madeline's first time at the movies and she did really well considering the fact that she is 2 years old. It was really good and the kids enjoyed a ton of popcorn. After that, we headed back home to be lazy. There really are few days better than Christmas day.
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