After breakfast we headed downstairs to open a few gifts. Each kid receives five presents and we had decided to have them open three of them, saving two to open on Christmas day in Iowa (per their request...we aren't totally dictatorial).
Be forewarned: we aren't the family that buys super cute matching pajamas so our pictures look good on Christmas morning. We aren't even the family that brushes our hair before gift opening so some of these aren't pretty....
Sadie was up first in hopes that she would be kept occupied with her "surprise" gift while the rest of us were opening ours.
The bow tradition was upheld - even amidst those less enthusiastic than others..
At this point, Christmas slowed way down for us. Everyone wanted to see how these things worked. Such a geeky family.
The rest of the day was spent lounging around, studying manuals and books and websites. Did I mention we are geeks?
Well...most of us...
Christmas #2 for us was in Iowa at the hotel. Jake was super excited that there was a workout room so on Christmas morning he, Mike and I headed down for a "workout". Maddie thought we were all insane. Jake and Mike actually did things while I spotted for Jake's weight training while watching HGTV. Afterward we headed to breakfast and to the room where the kids opened two small gifts.
Jake was only too excited when he found out the hotel offered free tea in the lobby area. He had a cup in hand every chance he got.
Gift opening was pretty simple, but nice for them to have something to celebrate the day...
The rest of the morning was spent watching a movie and knitting until meeting up with our family.
Christmas #3 was back at home where stockings awaited us. No pictures exist from here because, quite frankly - I was kind of Christmas-ed out at this point. I think we all were.
So...that ends the holidays - at least the national ones - for around these parts. We had