Being camera shy!
Grandma High and I got it when we went outlet shopping on Black Friday. Can you guess which store it came from? We didn't know just how big this playhouse really was until Chris put it together Christmas Eve! I am still debating if I should allow Ryan to color on it...don't want to confuse him with the whole color on the walls with crayons again.
Then it was Kara's turn!
Santa knew she would love Taggies. Kara can't get enough of playing with tags....she is able to find them on everything. Ryan did not have the same obsession as a baby.
She loved her Taggies but thought the wrapping paper was even better. YUM.
I love this picture because it shows them enjoying a few of their favorite gifts.
Peek-A-Boo....I see YOU!
Can I eat it?
Chris spoiled me with Snowmen this year. The kids really loved this snowman snow globe. It pushes the snow around without having to shake it. Pretty neat! Oh how I love Hallmark!!
We ate a quick breakfast after all the gifts were opened, cleaned up and got ready start the day of travel! First stop: Pop-Pop and Mom-Mom Delps (Bobbi's side of the family) for Christmas lunch. We always enjoy a yummy meal of Turkey and all the fixings!
After our tummies were full, it was time to open more gifts! Due to my large family, we started a new tradition a few years back, where we have the kiddies pick each other to exchange gifts (we put their names in a hat in November). This year Uncle Richie and Aunt Jonna had Ryan. My brother plays the drums for a local band and we had a suspicion that Ryan might get a drum for Christmas. We were right but we didn't know that they would also get him an assortment of musical instruments as well! He loved them!
Ryan playing his new drum. I have to admit, he is pretty good at it but I am still not a fan of drums! Oh the noise!
As I was looking through my Christmas photos to put this post together, I realized that we must have been having so much fun spending time with our families that we didn't take a lot of pictures this Christmas. We were able to get a few pictures at my parents house but we didn't take any at Paul and Adrienne's house for Christmas dinner! I hope we are able to document our 2009 Christmas a little better this year.
What I did notice while going through the photos was that we got a picture of Kara with her Pop-Pops! So here she is with her two favorite guys (Daddy will always be #1 though).
Pop-Pop Delp and Kara
Pop-Pop High and Kara
Around 3:30, we said our good-byes and packed everyone up once again for a trip up North to visit with Chris' family for the rest of the weekend. We always eat Christmas dinner at uncle Paul and aunt Adrienne's house. Paul makes the most delicious Prime Rib with au jour, baked potatoes, cheddar biscuits and green beans! Just typing that makes me want to celebrate the dinner all over again...it truly is divine! Sadly, we didn't take any pictures but the kiddies were once again spoiled with tons of gifts and even more with tons of love from Chris' side of the family. One of Ryan's favorite gifts would be the cool air hockey game you put on a tabletop. He wants to play this every night with Chris and I have to say he is getting pretty good at it too! Thanks Paul and Adrienne!
It is always late when we finally get to Pop-Pop and Grandma High's house. But it doesn't stop us from wanting to open our gifts from them too. Santa knew Ryan and Kara were coming by so he left a few (or shall we say a lot) gifts for them there. Ahhhh so many toys, so little space to store them!
This picture doesn't show all the gifts but it does show the cool basketball net that Uncle Mike got for Ryan and if you look really close, you will see one of the many "Handy Dandy" notebooks that Ryan asked for this year as well. a clue...a clue!
Favorite Christmas Memories from 2009:
- Seeing Ryan's expression when he saw all the gifts under the tree!
- Ryan "playing Santa" and saying Merry Christmas as he handed out the presents.
- Kara's 1st Christmas
- Watching Ryan with his cousins playing the musical instruments and marching around the living room.
- Ryan and uncle Paul playing with Paul's railroad set (it's huge!).
- Yummy Food
- Getting the best gift from uncle Mike- a year subscription to Netflix...it's the gift that just keeps giving! Thanks Mikey!
- Watching the children enjoy spending time with their grandparents
- Grateful that we are able to share the holidays with our loved ones.
So that's it. Another Christmas filled with fun, family and food! Sure traveling can be a pain but I wouldn't trade the memories for anything!