Like most people, my husband had to work on New Year's Eve Day so the boys and I hung out at home. It was actually the very first day in over three weeks that I felt
After the boys went to bed, Darryl and I wrapped their Christmas gifts and then did our normal thing on New Year's Eve - we ate snacks and watch the countdown shows. I made a "new" recipe called "Loaded Potato Chip Dip" only to discover that it is the same thing as my Bacon dip ;-) I also made fruit dip to go with pineapple and strawberries and we had cheese and crackers, fudge and truffles. It was all so yummy! We did manage to stay up until midnight but knowing the boys would be up by 7:00, we headed to bed not long after mid-night.
New Year's morning, the boys did not disappoint - they were up at 7:00 on. the. dot. :-) We got up and fixed a wonderful "Christmas" Breakfast.
The boys had so much fun opening gifts one at a time - Josh had to take photos of everything. I mentioned to Darryl that I think by the time he is 15 we will be buying camera equipment for him for Christmas. Between Josh and I taking photos, poor Nate always has to wait to open his gifts so we can get the perfect shot.
One last photo. Josh's "special" gift was his MP3 Player. This is Nate's "special" gift - something just for him. It is a Dinosaur box that turns into a play mat and it is so cool. Here, he is playing with it as a mat but the four sides have zippers so when you are done, just zip it all up and it makes an awesome storage box for all things dinosaurs :-) It is so fun watching him set up his "friends" and play. Sometimes, because the boys are so close together, we forget that Nate is "only 3" and even then just barely three. He is still a toddler and loves to just play with toys and have fun.
The boys played all day and it was fun. The boys requested to take an early bath so they could play with their new body soap paints and bubble bath soap (Umm Nana . . they LOVE it all, just saying!). Once they were out and in PJ's (again HA) they actually started asking to go to bed. I was a mean mom and forced them to stay up. What? It was only 5:00!!! They were not going to bed 2 1/2 hours early because I did not want to be up at 4:00 AM!! We pushed them until 7:15 and finally let them go to bed and yes, they were asleep about 45 minutes earlier then last night (it took them forever to go to sleep Monday Night!)
I would say we are done with Christmas but we aren't. They actually have one more gift but we are waiting for it to be delivered (We got them each a Home Depot Kids Tool Box with tools - they love to help!). We'll wrap them up and give them to each of the boys once they arrive. Plus, we still have to "make-up" Christmas with Darryl's mom - we still have to set a date for that one. For now, though we are done and the decorations will start to come down . .today :-)