Hailey, at the LAST minute, said she wanted Santa to bring her a puppy that knows your name. I was like WHAT?!?! But guess what? Santa can do it, he can do anything :-) This puppy grows, talks, moves, it does know her name and she got to name it whatever she wanted! It is pretty cool (plus I don't have to feed it or take it out to go potty!)
After the kids finished looking through all their other Santa stuff we took a break and had a little breakfast. I made Amber's 'oh so yummy Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls'! And we pretty much ate whatever other sweet was sitting around the table!!
Then it was time to open presents. We let the kids be 'Santa' and pass them out. They were so cute trying to read the tags. And they pretty much wanted to help everyone open every present they passed out!
Again, we were so happy to have Darren home with us that day! It was his fist Christmas off in three yrs. But he did have to go in to sign warrants!! So he wasn't completely off, and they did ask him to work from 6am-6pm, but he said NOPE!
After presents the four of us went over to Darren's mom's house and visited for a little while. We exchanged gifts and the kids desperately wanted to torment her cats :-) After that we went with Darren to sign his warrants and then headed back to my parent's house to have our late lunch. We decided against tradition and had awesome rib-eye steaks with baked potatoes. So good!! We just were not in the mood to do 'holiday' food again.
So I got Darren a pretty cool gift this year. It's for him to use during work (and play). I got him an XM satellite radio yet I didn't get the dock for it to sit in so we are waiting on that to come in the mail...sorry honey! But the really cool thing I got him I knew was going to be late!! That's because I didn't find it online until Dec. 23rd!! So I made him a card and told him his other gift would be a little last because Santa was trying so hard to get here fast that he got pulled over and that is what is holding him up!!
They had cake, punch, mints & nuts at their reception.... at the last minute my mom's dad decided they needed finger sandwiches! My grandma looked at him and said 'well you make them then...we've got enough to do!' And he did!! :-)