17 December 2011

Santa Visit Version Two









We had a great Friday. The kids were awesome! Morley had an ortho appt at 8 am in Sidney. The kids and I drove around until the van warmed up and watched Frosty the Snowman while we waited...in our jammies. The girls had preschool at 10, Phillip and I played with his farm toy, and I got ready for the day. We had lunch at McD's for a reward. After school the boys went with Sister Gull for the rest of the weekend. The Gull's have boys the same age so it was much more fun than lounging around here. Justin watched the kids while I went Christmas shopping by myself for 90 blissful minutes. Since I was out Innej came to play tricks by ringing the front doorbell, knocking on windows, leaving kisses and a fun note. She also broke the back window with her sharp knuckles. At least it was just the the outer glass! Dang it! Innej needs to pay attention the the temperature when knocking on glass that weathered many hail storms and is freezing cold. Ella even caught on to the excitement. She was convinced that Santa was fake and elves were imaginary. The candy convinced her a little bit.

Today we had a fun time going to McD's again with Justin this time. Then we went up to Cabela's store to visit with Santa again. I think there must be one fancy Santa Nelf here in Sidney because he sure looked like the one from Thursday night. This time Phillip was prepared to reject Santa...until he pulled out a 'andy 'ane. The treat convinced him to stand nearby for 20 seconds. Everett was all smiles. Ella finally told me what she wants for Christmas. I've bugged her for three days now. She wants a white puppy with a pink collar. Good luck Ali! The store had a room set up with treats and more crafts. Both girls wrote Santa letters.

I took the girls with me to Walmart. We went shopping for Justin's Christmas gifts. The first item they chose was a lovely set of Princess nail polish; I convinced them that Justin was not into nail polish. We headed to the tools. Amelia wanted to get Justin a $400 drill. Yah, no, nice try. We headed over to camping. Amelia found a $200 airsoft rifle claiming that her daddy loves guns and that he needs another one. Then it was a camo jacket so Dad could get lost on the grass. My favorite was a $50 nerf gun so Dad could shoot Phillip when Phillip pulls Amelia's hair. After much deliberation we settled on something that Justin is sure to love according to Amelia. Justin is having a blast teasing Ella. She brought a white unicorn her Grandma gave her. Justin teases her each time she eats something white that the item is unicorn meat, hair, milk, etc. Ella is quite perturbed! Amelia is not tease-able. She just crumbles into tears. Ella is made of steel with three older brothers and a teasing daddy.

Cabela's Christmas Party









 Note the foam piece in Phillip's ear! He is always stuffing things into his ears and nose




We started Thursday bright and early when Ella came to stay with us for four days and three nights. The boys stayed with us Thursday night then went to the Gull's home for the rest of the weekend. I am so very proud of the girls for not fighting and trying ever so diligently to be nice. Thursday evening we went to a fun Christmas party with Justin's coworkers. We brought along the Haley kids for extra fun and kicks. Morley was not so keen on the whole Christmas scene...he was almost a scrooge at the tender age of 12. He was glued to his iPod until bed. Everett was the one who elicited some emotion from ole Morley. Morley crooned and played with little Everett for quite a while. Back the the party. We walked in to find tables filled with different crafts. Amelia and Ella LOVED decorating paper ornaments made from special paper (scratch off the black to reveal rainbow colors). The boys made foam gingerbread houses, ornaments, and foam snowmen. Santa came in shortly after the party started. The top photo shows Amelia's reaction while he passed by.

There was a light dinner with plenty of cookies. Phillip is quite the John Lance. What I mean by that is our family has funny stories about John helping himself at church functions with his own plates and food. At the church party Phillip was infatuated with the food table. He hid under the table stealing carrots and dipping it into the dishes about 20 times; stealing food off plates parents laid down to help a child; and piling his plate with yummy delectables (actually he filled about 10 plates). I caught him under the table nicking some poor kid's cake right off his plate. He is so fast! Well, he loved the Cabela's food table. This time I knew what to expect so successfully thwarted him by giving him a plate full of food at the beginning. Silly kid.

After crafts the kids got in line to visit with Santa. Phillip learned how to say "ho, ho, ho" with a raspy voice. Hilarious. Morley was to grown up to join us. Wink. The kids each got a fun gift from Santa after visiting with him. Phillip was not so sure about sitting on Santa's lap. He lasted about 30 seconds. Ella was brave this year and sat on Santa's lap. The kids loved their gifts. Everett got a doggy blanket, Phillip got a deer pillow bigger than his torso, Amelia/Ella got dollies and butterfly watches, Brayden a nerf gun, Drew a snowball maker and snowman kit, and Morley a large chess game. Phillip about made everyone pee their pants as he loved and tackled his deer pillow. He dragged that thing around all evening. By the time he went to bed it was in desperate need of a wash.

The kids got settled in for sleep. Amelia and Ella only talked about 5 minutes before they fell asleep. The boys had a difficult night due to my negligence. I forgot to turn off the baby monitor. Unfortunately, Everett had a hard night. He was up crying off and on from 9:30 to midnight. After that I spent a couple hours in the van with a crying baby. His little teeth are trying to come in and so his nose was all stuffy. Usually I just go in the basement but the boys were all down there. He fell asleep around 3:30 am and woke up the boys at 6:30 with more crying. Sorry kids! I felt so bad sending them to school with a crappy night's sleep.