All Things It's Not Christmas If The Snow Don't Fall.

We had an amazing Christmas Morning. First, it's just like that Colbie Calliat song, "Mistletoe" for truly "It's not Christmas if the snow don't fall..." And in our case, it fell, in big huge flakes. Amazingly beautiful and so quiet - truly a Narnia or Hogwarts setting just outside our door. And no, I didn't Photoshop that picture...that is truly the early blues of Dawn lighting the street. Notice that lamppost? I expect Professor Dumbledore to put it out any moment now.

All of this was made more real by the fact that Alex woke up at 5:45 am, followed by Bella at 5:46 and our resident sleepyhead, Kata at 5:48. And sure enough, they had to peek into the great big red bag that Santa left for them.

Santa got the presents Just Right, this year. Alex got his Harry Potter Scene It.

And Kata got a game for her Nintendo DS. She's creating pets now left and right. Fully expect her to be a vet. Or if there's ever a chance to build another Ark - she'll be ready with the animal fulfillment piece.

Bella has been driving Sharpay around in the pink golf cart. Now if only Mattel had made the seat belts fully attached instead of detachable, Ken and I would've been pleased. We've attached those dang seat belts a total of 673 times on Christmas Day alone. We can hardly wait for them to get "lost."

My favorite part of the morning is when the kids bring the gifts they made in school. Okay, usually I need tissues at this point. It's for my allergies, of course. Bella was especially proud because this was her first time making gifts in school - a beautiful card and a tissue paper and glitter covered photo album. Oh, she's going to be a scrapbooker like her Mama. Alex, the professional, made an ornament out of popsicle sticks. I love popsicle art the most, next to glitter, of course. Kata made a wonderful card for both of us.

And that last picture you ask? The one with the shiny tag?? Well, Ken made that. Alright, he ordered it for his Twilight addicted wife. He knows me well.

And Santa? He didn't forget Mama. No, he got her a Noise Canceling Headset that fits in both her PC and her iPhone. Oh, Santa, thank you. It's better than Prozac.

And then it was time for stockings. Santa cleverly gave everyone an audio CD book. Thank you, Santa. Bella's listened to "Cinderella" at least four times a day. Anything to encourage our love of reading.

Santa didn't forget the Daddy of the household. He somehow knew Ken's love of Hickory Farms sausage and cheese. And a gift card to Barnes & Noble for whatever sports book he desires. And a few Blu-ray DVDs. How did he know that Ken loved "Horton Hears a Who?" and "Cars"?

Then the play resumed. Bella loved her Barbie lilac dress. This girl loves dressing up more than anything.

Kata got a How to Be a Princess game. It's all about Etiquette. And no, you can never start too early.

As we slowly began to wind down, Ken was still putting together items and slowly his back was giving out. It's hard to be a father on Christmas Day. Santa should stick an elf or two in his bag so they can assist in the assembly and batteries not included processes.

One of Alex's favorite gifts was a collection of NASCAR hats from Uncle Dave and Auntie Angie - you guys rock! These are perfect for our weather around here. And he thinks he's cool. And he is.

See more things to put together. Indiana Jones' Temple Thingey was also a huge hit.

Please note which boy's hand is holding Indy? Yeah, it wasn't just the 9.5 year old that enjoyed the toy?

Oh, with snowfall comes Snow Removal. Alex's is practicing his Harry Potter "Expecto Patronum" spell. Dude, how about the "move the snow" one, do you happen to have it handy? Perhaps my three years of High School Latin can come into use now - Moveo Nivem.

Wishing you a happy rest of this Holiday Week. Enjoy the warmth of family and friends and know that we're thinking of all of you.


RR said...

Looks like you guys had a wonderful xmas!!

I love the "thematic" PJ shot ... and the one of Ken outside with the car - scraping ice?

katarinas mama said...

Scraping ice, dude!! Yup. Ice and very powder-y snow on top of it. The Thematic PJs may end next year when Alex's is officially double-digits but until then...mwaaahahahaha...like to ensure years of therapy for all the kids!