It was a flurry of wrapping paper! Avery's gift from Santa was a sewing machine and Ben's gift was a crane truck. Ben also received a RC monster truck and Avery a Caboodle filled with bath products and some makeup. They also received some books (the new illustrated Harry Potter!) and puzzles, games, movies, clothes, and various other little items. It's pretty easy and fun to shop for them, as they don't really ask for much! Avery, rather, asked for approximately 76 items in the months leading up to Christmas, but none of them stuck or were remembered. She also wizened up and started asking to check the "stars" (reviews) of products online. That came in very handy when she found out the junky soda machine she saw advertised on YouTube only had 1 star...
After we opened gifts we got ready to head to Mimi and Papa's. I don't know where Ben was...likely somewhere nearby not willing to play my games.
After a delicious brunch these lucky kids got to open presents, yet again. Unbeknownst to us, Ben just started opening presents on his own so we scrambled to keep up with him.
We had a wonderful day and evening! It all went by so quickly, as it always does. It truly is amazing how we plan for a month, and it's all over in a day. That's why I *try* to celebrate with lots of activities throughout December. This was the first year Ben was really into opening gifts, and he got quite used to it. He thought they would just keep coming, so he was a bit disappointed when we told him there were no more gifts. Hopefully as they grow, they will realize all the aspects of the season and the importance of spending time with those that we love over simply unwrapping presents.