This was our tree this year. In the past we’ve done a different “tree” for each of the kids, but this year it only made too much sense not to. All their gifts fit under the same tree. That’s the first time it’s happened in a while, but hopefully not the last. We didn’t get a lot this year, but it was good. It felt like just the right amount of stuff for all of them.
Sander used to be obsessed with trains. He’s not as into trains as much as he used to be, but it’s still a thing for him. It was only too fitting that there was a train game waiting under the tree for him!
This was one of the few pictures I managed to get of Corde for Christmas, and a picture of Beekee too. You can see some of their loot piled up, not much, but something. They each got two Pokemon decks, which is what that was about.
Nika even got a present, well, only one that she really got early on. She got a stocking full of dog toys too, but that didn’t get the attention that the bone did! She already bit off a hunk of it that she carries around the house. That one’s going to last her a while!
Luca’s favorite gift this year was Just Dance 2016. They loved the Just Dance game they got from the library, so we decided to pick it up for them. The thought was it’s physical activity, so it will keep the kids active. I mean, they don’t really need something to keep them active, but it’s good in the winter when the weather isn’t great for getting out.
This is how excited Luca was to be opening presents. Can you tell Pokemon was a theme? They got a lot of Pokemon cards this year.
It wasn’t long after the presents were opened when this happened. We hadn’t even had breakfast when they started playing. They were super excited to get back into playing again. They even taught Sander to play. Luca tried but got bored pretty early into it. That kind of patience takes time to develop.
However, he did have plenty of patience for checkers, with help, of course. They got special Mario Bros. checkers, which made it extra fun. The “king” pieces are hats. They had an incredible time of it.
While waiting for breakfast we got into Ticket to Ride. The kids had a blast with it. Luca and I played on a team, but Luca got bored after a while. We continued to play without him. Everyone really enjoyed it. I won by a nose!
Someone rolled a twelve when we were playing, and if you know anything about Settlers of Catan, you know that meant there were a lot of sheep right at that moment. I had more sheep than I knew what to do with! It’s fitting that a knitter would get all the sheep! If only it were real sheep…
I’m pretty sure we weren’t quite playing to the rules, but for a first time out of the box (and having not played since before Corde was born) we did pretty well. It was a lot of fun. At the start it seemed like it was going to be a really long game, but it picked up quickly. Once again, I won. It seems to be a theme of the day, but everyone had a good time (except for Luca and Sander who were playing video games).
Then there was Beekee’s chess set. He got one of those chess sets that folds in on itself. One of the clips on it is broken so we may have to get it replaced, but he had a good time learning how to play. I still won (though I was trying to let him win!) He was a pretty good sport of it though. I told him to keep practicing and he’ll be beating me in no time!
Luca couldn’t let Beekee be the only one that played chess. He did pretty good, though I did guide him through what moves he should probably make. I think remembering what all those pieces do was a bit much for a first try out, but Luca did well. We wound up with a stalemate, which Luca decided was close enough to winning.
Finally, there was my fortune from our traditional Chinese food dinner. Luca, Sander, and Beekee (the picky ones) had hamburgers, while Oz, Corde, and I ordered Chinese. Beekee actually ate some of the Chinese food, which Corde said was too spicy for her. Then I got this fortune and couldn’t help but laugh. What better fortune could you get on a day like today?
No, not quite the end. I had to share what our shepherd thought of the snow earlier today. Yes, we got a white Christmas (we had one 4 years ago in Texas too!) She’s such a silly pup!