26 December 2008

A Very, Merry Christmas indeed

Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Aunt Tracy, Happy Birthday to you!!!

When our bellies are stuffed with wonderful food and we've snacked until we're about to pop, the lights are the tree are turned off, the stocking are unstuffed and re-hung by the fireplace, all the ripped-apart gift wrap is stuffed into trash bags, all the empty boxes are on the street for trash pick-up, all the new toys have been unpackaged and tried out--when it's all over.....you think, how could it have been any better?? Well, this year it couldn't have been any better. Well, maybe, the weather could have been a bit more desirable, less humid, less damp, more sunshine; but, hey!

My parents came here Christmas Eve to be here for Christmas morning with Santa's appearance and for Christmas lunch. Family, food, and loads of fun!! There were definite themes in the gifts that the boys received, primarily, "hunting" paraphenalia with some sports items and many, many, many trucks in the mix.

Uncle Jason gave the boys their very own "hunting chairs" just like their dad's. And, a basketball for their new goal that Santa delivered later that night.

This was my favorite "opening presents" picture and what was discovered after opening those packages turned out to be one of their favorites.

Papa Cody and Maw-Maw gave the boys shotguns just like their dad's, remote control cars, a video game for the TV, and slippers.

Despite the obvious question of whether or not they had been good boys all year long, Santa Claus did make a huge appearance at our house for Christmas morning. And the looks on their faces make it all worth it. {grin} (As I am typing this post and hearing them bickering across the house, I wonder???)

In keeping with the hunting theme, Santa left a four-wheeler and bows & arrows.

Santa also left them each new bicycles.....a New Orleans Saints bicycles for Buck-a-roo and and LSU Tigers bicycle for Frank-o. And, the good 'ole St. Nick also left them each a "Santa Sack" filled with a guitar, DVD, and nerf gun.

Of course, they couldn't wait to get outside...so that's exactly what we did, bright and early at 0630. They rode their new "rides" all day (in and out of the fog, drizzle, showers).

Don't let that last picture fool you....And don't be so naive to think that it was all smiles, laughing, and perfect pictures...because even on Christmas, you have to share with your little brother because Santa said the four-wheeler was for the BOTH of you and even on Christmas an almost four year old will pitch a "running-dog" fit because he doesn't want to share with his little brother despite the fact that he is sitting on a brand-spanking new bicycle that Santa Claus brought him.

Daddy Buck and I made it a point to begin to teach the act of giving to our children this year; Buck-a-roo did understand and enjoy giving out the gifts that he had helped to purchase and wrap.

Oh yea, and did I mention something about several trucks (thanks Aunt Debra and Alexis)earlier....car haulers, remote control cars, a car village rug for driving your miscellaneous cars around. The boys have so loved playing TRUCKS over the past few days and I have only almost broke my neck and ruined the holiday with a trip to the ER stepped on one of the many cars/trucks strowed throughout our living quarters.

It's all about a celebration with family for the birth of Jesus Christ and seeing the priceless, no~words~to~describe looks on the faces of children on Christmas morning. As the song says, ithe most wonderful time of the year!

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