After stockings we passed out the presents. We were smart this year and wrapped each kids presents in their own type of paper that way we didn't have to put on tags. Callie got this shirt and slippers and insisted on putting them on right away. Guess we should have gotten her some pants too so her legs didn't get cold during her fashion show.Here is Ty with one of his gifts. Francesco Bernouli from Cars 2.I took a video of Gabe opening the present that we thought he would be most excited about, which he was excited but the video option on blogger has been taking longer then I am patient enough to deal with right now so here is a picture of Gabe and Ty opening their together gift.They actually got a 2 person blow up sled that goes really fast down hills, hopefully(or not?) they will have some snow to use it on soon:) The rest of the morning we ate cinnamon rolls and hot cocoa and watched the kids play with their gifts. Later in the afternoon we went over to my parents house to do gifts and dinner. Here is Callie with one of her big boxes(she really was excited to open presents but for some reason the only pictures I got of here there were with the serious face)
Here's Gabe with his Lego launch pad with rocket, I think he likes it:)Callie also got a present too big to wrap. This kitchen set. I tried to get her to look at me so I get her picture with it but she was too busy playing and checking it out she never would cooperate with me.After gifts we ate supper and had fun playing the quarter game. Even Gabe got in on the quarter game fun this year. We had a great Christmas day just spending time with family and relaxing a little. On the 26th we headed down to Andrea and Alan's place in Red Oak for the Carl's family Christmas. I didn't get a ton of pictures but I did get this one of Callie holding her baby cousin Addie, so cute!
The kids loved getting to play together and us adults enjoyed good food and opening up our new favorite toys(iPads!) We decided instead of heading all the way back home that night we drove over to Omaha and got a good deal on a motel room. The kids love staying in hotels and of course getting to swim! After swimming and breakfast the next morning we were able to meet up with Carl's family again for lunch and little shopping. I took these pictures of the kiddos at the outdoor mall area in Omaha.
There was even a ferris wheel inside the Scheels store.
After a little shopping we headed to the Old Market area for lunch at a great restaurant. We walked around the Old Market area for just a little bit until our kids were starting to get tired out(and mom was getting worn out chasing them) We decided with the lack of naps the day before we would head for home after that. We did end up taking a brief detour on our way out of town though. My uncle had mentioned how to get to the train park the last time we were in town but since is was 110 degrees we decided to skip it but this time we thought we'd check it out(and see if we remembered how to get there) We did find it and the kids had fun running off a little energy around the trains.After the trains we headed home. We spent New Years Eve at home this year watching a movie and just spending time together as family(with an unwanted guest early in the morning but that is a different post) and New Years day we spent with my Dad's family in Des Moines. I got worse and worse at getting pictures the more Christmas's we had so I don't have any to show from our time there(Aunts and Uncles if you are reading this maybe you could email me a few:) We had a great time just visiting and eating lots of good food. We hope you and your family had a very blessed holiday season as well. Thanks so much to all our family for the great food, fellowship and gifts. We are so blessed to have you all!