The big family presents this year were a Wii that Bryce bought at a pawn shop and and Xbox 360 (that he bought at Best Buy). So we went from having 10-year-old hand-me-down systems to two up-to-date ones that they still make games for. The Kinect system for the Xbox is really fun--your own body is the controller. We need to do more of that river rafting game! But right now the Xbox is being monopolized by Tyce with his brand new beloved "Black Ops".
I have loved playing Mario Kart with the kids on the Wii but I am sooooo bad!
Santa brought Tyce a video game, Mary a "real" lion cub, Cameron and Harrison both got Playmobile knight/castle sets. Bryce also got a video game (NCAA Football '11). And I not only got a laptop but also a new camera (Canon s95). Guess who's been good this year? Holla!
After stockings and Santa gifts we ate breakfast. Then we moved to the front rooms for the rest of the festivities, i.e. ripping open the rest of the presents. Later in the day the Shapiro kids came over here and our kids went over there--back and forth, back and forth. It was a great day!
|Goofy shot but cute. On the stairs Christmas morning! Can't wait for family prayer so they can see what Santa brought.|
|Try again for a better shot? Nah, let's just get this show on the road!|
|Here they come!|
|Mary and her lion. It really purrs and blinks its eyes.|
|Chiaroscuro, light and dark. I should paint this. Tyce got his Madden '11 game!|
|The twins were anxious to play with their new knights and castles. They even got a real-sized sword and shield.|
|Phase 2 by the Christmas tree. Harrison got a tool set!|
|She has the most expressive face! She was excited to receive this beautiful set from Dave and Brooklyn and the girls.|
|Tyce got a gift card for clothes.|
|Harrison loved his little car.|
|The white ninja from G.I. Joe!|
|Tyce and Harrison were the present-passer-outers.|
|This is what Mary bought for Tyce: a ceramic eagle. This exchange really warmed my heart, because he gave her one of his favorite books.|
|Spencer and Tyce played video games.|
|Check out these new cool shoes!|
|BBQ pork, Velveeta, and corn heating up for all-day grazing.|
|Harrison likes playing the Lego games on the Xbox--I think this is Lego Batman. |
Thank you to our families who blessed us with their thoughtful and generous gifts! We are truly grateful to have such loving people in our lives.