Tuesday, March 27, 2012

It's a Family Tradition

Well, we don't get stoned and sing all night long like Hank Jr., but this year, Bob and I tried to start some family traditions with the boys.  I wanted to start our Christmas Eve with a picture near the fireplace (as it was less distracting than the Christmas tree), and this is what we got.
I love Michael's grin in this one.  Note that the boys were wearing dressy pants because they had outgrown all of their pants from last year and you only need long pants for about three days in Jacksonville.
Those stockings look to be in peril, quick, try and get a picture!
We spent a lot of time talking to the boys about Christmas and really hyping it up for them.  Maybe we went a little overboard because we ended up having to drive them around for an hour before they finally passed out & went to sleep after an hour of trying to get them to go to sleep in their tents.
Ryan playing with the nativity set.  We love to play with the bits and pieces nativity for kids that Mom has been collecting for years.  I kept trying to tell the kids the Christmas story, but they wouldn't listen.  By the time I got past the riding on a donkey, they were gone.
We wanted one of our Christmas traditions to be reading 'Twas the Night Before Christmas.  Sadly, Mom couldn't find her copy, we bought a so so version e-book, and did the best we could.  Mom has since located her copy and put it in a "safe place" for next year.
After the story, it was time for Christmas PJs lovingly provided by Uncle Joseph this year.  Followed by a bath.

Here the kids model their new PJs and begin what I like to call the Superhero Insanity.  There have been weeks where these are the only clothes that have been worn despite my best efforts.  They have been dug out of the bottom of the laundry basket, ripped from the hangers in the closet, and constantly worn.  Good job, Uncle Joseph!
We set out the milk and cookies for Santa.  Everyone put a pre made cookie on the plate (I'm no Suzie Homemaker).  
Some of us picked said cookie back up and "tasted" tasted it for Santa.
The milk also required an adequate tasting.
A brother should not have to taste alone.  Let's just say Santa didn't get much milk and his cookies had been somewhat fondled.
The next morning, the kids crawled into bed with us and waited for a decent hour to go open presents.  Batman waits patiently.
Batman & Spiderman have a discussion that may or may not involve tickling.
Either way, it's all very funny.
Superman is not quite ready to face the world, saving Metropolis is pretty tiring.
Rousing of Aunt Faith, which once again, was difficult for even triplets to do.
Presents!  Santa came.
Working towards being pros at opening gifts.
Handsome brothers on Christmas morning.
Grandma gets into the opening action.
Three Bullseyes and Woody's (thanks Santa/Aunt Mellie).
A boy and his horse.
The first of many rides for Bullseye and Woody.
Grandma reads the book attached to the magna doodle (which has since been ripped off the magna doodle and has gone to save the earth by being recycled).
Since we spent Christmas Eve with my family and Christmas day with Bob's, Santa came on Christmas Eve morning followed by the Ptomey/Cain Christmas.  Uncle Joseph received a castle shaped cake pan from Uncle Zach.  Ryan was very intrigued by this pan.  Perhaps next time we visit, Uncle JoeJoes/Joewish can prepare a castle cake for us.
Uncle Zach and Aunt Mandy having a very pointed conversation with Aunt Faith.
Papa Joe and his best fisherman, James checking out the presents.

Zach and I enjoying my new iPad.  Which the boys have since broken, we've replaced and bought a case that is reminiscent of Ft. Knox.  It was definitely a merry Christmas for all.

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