We always take a picture of the Christmas tree before the carnage. Doesn't it look peaceful?
The big present was this kitchen. It's technically for Norah, but both of them play with it. Krys put it together the night before, so when Norah woke up she could get into it before we opened presents. Krys was able to sleep in because neither kid was bugging me to open presents. Mia, I think, doesn't realize what the deal is, and Norah is still too young. In a year or two we expect her to be a lot more annoying about the gifts. Norah LOVES the kitchen!
Mia, as you can see, also likes the kitchen. Norah does not like that Mia plays with it as well.
Norah also got a rocking horse. If you push its ears it neighs and makes clip-clop sounds. She has already worn out the batteries because she likes hearing it make noise. She doesn't, interestingly enough, love riding it. She'll ride it, but she much prefers to push the ears and listen to it.
Here are my girls!
Norah digs new clothes!
Yes, it's an ugly man with cute daughters. Thank goodness they take after Krys!
Norah figures out what to do with presents!
Mia gets a new book!
It's tough for Mia to open gifts, because she only uses one hand, but she gives it a good try.
Mia hangs out with Mommy. We had to pass her back and forth because she gets heavy when she's on your lap for so long.
My parents bought Norah a play sushi set. Who knew play sushi sets even existed? Krys was happy, because she wants to train Norah to like sushi so she'll have a "sushi buddy" when she gets older. I'm not a big fan of raw fish, and we aren't even going to try with Mia, so we'll see if Norah gets into sushi thanks to her new toy.
Mia's big gift was a keyboard. The kids, of course, are fascinated by everything, including putting the batteries in.
Mia was very excited about her keyboard. She wanted one, and before Christmas, Krys was asking her if she wanted a "piano," and she kept saying "yes" very excitedly. We think it will help her with her fine motor skills, so we'll see if her OT uses it. Norah, of course, tried to butt in on her playing.
There's Norah butting in!
Mia made this for us at school. Krys took it to work, and all her co-workers thought it was very cute, because it is.
Mia jams on her keyboard!
Norah finished the day where she started - playing with her kitchen. They have been digging it ever since!
We had a nice day. The kids, as I mentioned, weren't dying to open presents, so we were able to eat breakfast and get them dressed before we opened stuff. My sister was amazed that they weren't more annoying, but she also said that her kids weren't so bothersome when they were 2-3 either. It was only this year, she said, when her son is almost 6, that he was really bugging her. So we'll look forward to that. Krys went a little nuts with gifts this year, but I think we're going to ease off next year and in the following years. They have no need, really, for all the stuff, and we'd like to make sure Norah doesn't get spoiled before she starts to realize that she gets presents on Christmas. If we can give her less and make her think that's normal, she won't be as annoying when she gets older. At least, that's the theory!
I hope everyone had a nice holiday. We're looking forward to the new year - Mia is still loving school, and Norah's getting much better at talking and doing other stuff. The kids are just super-groovy!