Saturday, December 31, 2011
Mom and Dad graciously came down to watch the kids. We left at 3pm and didn't get back until after 10:00. As we walked in the door, Dad said something about us needing a curfew. (A little worn out, are we?) It was so nice to get out. Thanks to Mom and Dad for doing that for us. Thanks, Dad, for fixing our car's door handle. I don't know how much longer it would've held out for us!
I never did get a proper picture of them.
Monday, December 26, 2011
Micah: DSi XL (pictured below) and his penguin pillow pet.
The boys had made up their lists about a month before Christmas and I was hesitant about the handheld game systems. I've seen other kids get lost in them, and I can see how they lose hours at a time playing games. But, I must say, they can be pretty wonderful. We took them in our car driving to Grandma's and Grandpa's and we hardly heard a peep out of them. Chad and I could actually visit. It makes the 11 hour drive to Washington (and other trips) seem within our reach.
Since the boys were getting that, we wanted the girls to have something that could keep them entertained in the same way. After some research, we decided on the Leap Frog Explorer. It was a great buy. For the past 2 days, we've pretty much let them bury their noses in their systems and figure it all out. It's been a quieter couple of days than any other Christmastime I've ever known with kids.
It made it on Ella's "favorites" list.
Last night, after the kids went to bed, I turned on their DSi's and gave them a whirl. I had no idea what I was doing, or how the game works. I lasted about 3 minutes and gave up. I guess I need my 8 year-old to walk me through it.
Now the boys are in bed, reading the Guinness Book of World Records and the 3-D I Spy book. The girls are listening to books on CD from the library, and Matthew's long gone. Chad heads back to work bright and early tomorrow. We sure enjoyed these few days of indulgence and relaxation!
Once things in the kitchen were in order, we headed into the living room for the real deal.
Everyone was eager to "help" Matthew open his gifts. He didn't mind help up to a certain point. Then he let it be known that he no longer required your assistance.
I think it will be many years before our kids recognize how lucky they are. Not only do they get to have a Christmas at their own home, but they have two wonderful sets of grandparents who love them to pieces and spoil them rotten. (We do need to have a Family Home Evening lesson on gratitude soon, I do believe.)
We loved spending time at Mom and Dad Barnett's with Amber in North Ogden, and then at Mom and Dad's in Mountain Green. We certainly missed Blake and Maren, Braden and Brody; Chris and Gabby; Doug and Rachel and Theron, Grant, Kate, Paige, and Juliette. We loved watching the video Doug and Rachel posted of their Christmas morning in Germany. We felt as though we were part of it. And we loved talking on the phone to everyone. Merry Christmas! Some of our most treasured gifts are each of you.
Here are the sweethearts:
Matthew loves Grandpa!
Amber is apparently cleaning out her place and brought over a few Jazz items to hand down to the boys, who were happy recipients. I think one of them took this picture:
Mom took us all out to the movies to see "Tin Tin" and Dad stayed home to take care of Matthew for us. Thanks to both of them for making that time so relaxing! When we got back, we had lunch and then opened gifts. We had a really nice time in North Ogden and thank Mom and Dad Barnett for everything.