We ended up with, I think, fifteen kids who were fourteen and under at the family’s Christmas Eve get-together. I’d show you the chaos that is during present opening time, except five of those are foster children and I’m not comfortable posting their pictures online.
This one, however, I’ll share: TK wanted a lint brush for Christmas and Grammy bought him one, along with a nice dress shirt. It’s hard to see in the picture, but she also gave him a Ziplock baggy of lint she’d collected, so he could play with his lint brush right away—
To give you some insight into TK’s personality, this is how he showed up at 7:30 Christmas morning to sit on the floor and open gifts (and yes, he always buttons the top buttons)—
Mini got a rope circle with a plush squirrel making it into a chew toy/frisbee sort of thing, and she wasn’t sure what to make of it at first—
SK was so excited to get his own iPod Touch, this was the first picture I could catch of him standing still enough so he’s not The Blur—
TK’s leather jacket, which goes rather nicely with his favorite trilby—
They never outgrow the joy of playing with the boxes—
The cracker candy was a huge hit at the Christmas Eve party, where a big, rectangular storage container of it was utterly demolished.
The Wii is killing me. I’ve got more aches and pains today than I’ve had in…years. Definitely doesn’t use the same muscles ATVing does. Yesterday we rented Trivial Pursuit for the Wii and played teams last night—Mr S & TK against SK and I—and it was close. Both teams had all the wedges and we were trying to beat them into the center hub, but Mr S & TK got there first. We gave them a geography question (because the maps on the Wii version, quite frankly, suck) but the question asked where the ending of Shawshank Redemption took place, which is one of Mr S’s favorite movies. SK & I were devastated by the loss, but there will be a rematch.
All that’s left of Christmas 2009 is the clutter and debris (because there sure isn’t any cracker candy left), but it was a lovely holiday and we had a great time.
Now to get back into the rhythm of real life…later.