I snuck a picture of Terry, he does not like pictures either, there are three of us in our family who avoid them, Terry, Eric, and ME!
Brian was 6 when Julia was born and he wanted me to send her back, she got too much attention being the first girls after 4 sons, though it did not take long for him to adore her and take care of her.
Julia is also away from home a lot, you know how high school life can get.
Julia holding up her new jacket, she looked cute in this, and I was glad to remember that Julia had said she loved a jacket like this once before. I love finding things my kids enjoy.
Check out the movie in the background; A Christmas Story, Tom's favorite movie for the holidays.
Meghan did not care about her gifts after seeing Enchanted, she adores that movie, and she wanted to go back to our room and watch it, after she put on her new dress that is! She is finally enjoying dressing dolls, and got a lot of clothing for her new Barbies and Our Generation dolls. Of course, Barbie is pretty hard to dress, so mommy gets the honor.
Amanda and mommy opening her presents. I am hoping this will engage Amanda in play a little more, she barely recognizes that toys are for playing. It is hand over hand right now, but she did push one flap down on her own.
Amanda's favorite thing right now is sitting on our laps and getting hugs and kisses, who can complain about that? She also likes to sit in the sun, smart girl, getting her Vitamin D.
That was the gift opening part of our Christmas day. Right after we had finished, the CO alarm went off and the monitor was flashing DEADLY GAS. We all looked at each other because we felt OK, I was nursing a slight headache, but my allergies was terrible so I figured that was why. My husband looked up the instructions and the papers said, call 911 and evacuate the home. So he did and we all went outside to wait for the fire department, feeling rather foolish about it too, I might add. Still better safe than sorry.
Grandma came by for a while, but she is struggling with a knee replacement and tried to enjoy herself, but I think she was in pain. :o( Tom showed her the girls blogs, she had never seen them, and it was the first time she met Amanda.
We finished off our day seeing When the Earth Stood Still, the little girls were so good too, Amanda fell asleep in my arms and Kara intently watched the movie. It is VERY difficult to get all of the kids to the movies together, they all scatter in different directions at the end of the day. Then there is sitting together, there are 10 of us, and we never leave on time, so usually we sit in the front three rows. Our theater decided they needed to charge for all kids over the age of 1, and we had to pay for Kara and Amanda even though they sat in our laps, kind of irked me, and we will not be going to the movies anymore, it was $47 for Tom, Amanda, Meghan, Kara, and I. Ouch!