Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas at Nana and Papa's 2013

Around 4:00 on Christmas Eve we arrived at Nana and Papa's house for Christmas.   Once there the boys immediately went to the playroom.  They played until dinner was served at 6:00ish.

Dinner was great this year!  Papa bought a panini press and we had delicious sandwiches.  Finn said it was the best grilled cheese he had ever eaten - that is until he tasted the pepper jack cheese.  Sam enjoyed dinner as well - he ate a little bit of everything, shrimp, fruit, cheese, chip and caramel popcorn.

Afters supper the boys all got baths and then we took a few pictures in front of the Christmas Tree.

Next Papa and Nana read the Power Point version of the Christmas Story.  Nana couldn't get through one sentence without Finn interjecting and either correcting Nana or elaborating on the story.  The boys were completely enthralled.

Next it was time for bed.  The boys did their fair share of stalling - but the adults won out in the end.  Em's kids slept together on the air mattress in Mom's room; Sam slept in the pack-n-play in Mom's closet and Finn started out in Mom's bed.  It wasn't too long before Finn decided that he didn't want to sleep in Mom's room so we slept by himself in Em's room until Nana went to bed later than night.

After the boys were asleep we put the presents out.

Then we went upstairs to the playroom and played "Heads Up" and ate ice cream.  It was a really fun night.

The next morning the boys were up by 6:30 ready to open presents. Finn and Sam were extremely excited.

 From Santa Finn received a punching bag.  He loved it.  I am hopeful that he will use his ninja weapons on the bad and not Sam.
 Santa brought Sam a tricycle.

 All the boys really liked the punching bag.

 Sam really got into the "Christmas" spirit when opening his presents.

Sam playing at Finn's new fold up Ninja Turtles table.

The boys with their turtle coms.

 Uncle Zac blowing bubble off of the balcony.
After the boys opened their presents we ate breakfast.  After breakfast the boys opened their stockings. We let them play for a couple hours before the adults opened presents.  After everyone had opened all the presents the boys played and the adults ate lunch.  It was a very nice, fun, relaxing Christmas morning.

Before packing up to leave for the day Papa and Finn took a walk around the property while Sam tried out his new tricycle in the garage.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas with Grandad and Gigi

On Sunday night I took the boys to the interstate exit off of 109 for the exchange.  Grandad and Gigi agreed to take the boys for the night so that I could take down the tree and pack for Hawaii.

We met up with them the next day (Monday, December 23, 2013) at Grandad and Gigi's house. When we arrived supper was ready and the boys were already sitting nicely at the kids' table ready to eat.  After supper we opened presents from Gene and Minnie.  Sam got a Spider Bitz and Finn got a Krang.  They both got superhero bath towels too.

 Sam playing with Hank's new fish game.
 Finn and daddy playing Ninja Turtles.
 The group picture that almost didn't happen.
Sam's new superhero jammies.

Before bed the kids watched a little bit of Despicable Me 2.  Then we put them to bed. Sam slept in the pack-n-play in our room and Finn slept in the bed with me and Michael.  The next morning Michael told me that it was one of worst nights sleep he has ever had.  Finn kept both of us really hot and Sam apparently talks in his sleep.

The boys were both up by 7:00.  I took them to Grandad and Gigi's room right after they woke up while I went downstairs to run on the treadmill.  While Uncle Zac was making pancakes and Grandad and Gigi made eggs and country ham, the boys posed for pictures.

 Breakfast was great - Sam ate breakfast sitting in my lap.  He had eggs and little bit of country ham.  He also ate a biscuit with a fork.  Finn sat by himself at the kids table and ate eggs and pancakes.

After breakfast we opened presents.  The most awesome present of the day was Sam's talking Leo.  Both Finn and Sam loved it.  Finn was very excited about his new games.

 Sam was very anxious to open presents.  He was awful before hand.  Once he started opening presents he calmed right down.
 Finn and Lauren playing Ninja Turtles "Trouble" game.
 Sam playing with his new Leo.

 The boys playing with monster trucks.

Grandad and Finn playing with the new air hockey table.

We had  really nice Christmas!

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