It really was a wonderful Christmas. I think it was extra special for several reasons, the biggest thing was it being on Sunday this year. I honestly don't remember the last Sunday Christmas which I think was when Jared and Kamryn were 6 months old. I can see the pictures in my mind but don't remember a lot of that actual day.
On Christmas morning I woke up at 8:00 (after being up until 2, and why we were up so late, we didn't have anything to put together. We just don't do enough in advance) and was surprised it was that late and we hadn't heard anything from Jared and Kamryn. Paul and I both showered and got ready and at 9:00 we still hadn't heard from anyone. We were getting to the point that we didn't know if we'd get to do any Christmas before church.
At 9:30 I went down to Taylor's room to check on the kids again and they were all awake and just laying there in their beds. So they came upstairs and we all got ready for church and had some quick bowls of cereal. Then we finally got to go in the living room to see what Santa brought. Santa really spoiled us this year. Our family gifts were our trip to San Diego but there were still a lot of presents to open.
Jared by all of his Santa presents
its fun watching the kids go through their stockings
check out that big Santa present for Brooke
Kamryn with her new baby doll that Santa brought
Brooke, wearing her new gloves, intently reading the info
on the movie she got - Pride and Prejudice
what a cute little mommy
Jared checking out the Batcave Santa brought him
Taylor was very patient and waited until after church
to open most of his Santa presents
Baby Bella, Wulfy the Husky Webkinz, and Kamryn
Jared with his new bullfrog webkinz
he named him Super J
Paul opening some of his Santa presents
he didn't do too well guessing this year
Brooke with her new luggage
for her summer trip to Europe
Taylor with his iHome that Santa brought
Paul, so BadAwesome
Big surprise from Santa
an iPad for the family
Brooke at the Shingleton family gathering Christmas night
Jared and Jaxon having a boxing match
with the socker boppers they both got
I got a great surprise too - a new iPhone! Now maybe I can be more organized and remember things better :)
The best present of all was a letter from Justin. It came as quite a surpise. We didn't expect anything but I just happened to be checking my email and there was an email from Justin. It was such a great letter and really long and full of info about his Christmas Eve and Christmas activities to that point. I read it out loud to everyone and teared up several times. Such a great gift and perfect end to our Christmas gift opening.