On Christmas Eve, Courtney invited us all over to their house for dinner and presents again. We split the family gifts in half by opening several on Christmas Eve. (Which Brent has little patience for--he thinks they should all be opened on Christmas.) I think it is great, because we just have too many if we wait and open them all at once. Finn was most of my entertainment for the evening as he had NO interest in any of his gifts but only wanted to play with the wrapping paper and boxes. He played with this one piece of paper for a good 15 minuets, hitting it, eating, it, waving it, and moving it around the room. He also stood up all on his own for a second and I was so surprised. Dinner was great and we had a really nice night together.
I think we felt a bit lonely on Christmas morning this year. The past two years we have had people staying with us, so this year felt really quiet. And since Brent and I don't buy gifts for each other Stella was the only one unwrapping any gifts. Except Brent did get a magic finger slicing toy from Stella. He had mentioned earlier in the year that it was his favorite gift as a child and one of his brothers broke it before he could even play with it so Stella and I made sure he could have a new one. He used it all day and had so much fun scaring everyone and amazing all with his magic skills.
Stella was most excited for her big present from Santa. We had Santa's elves working really hard this year hunting down a toy that is no longer even made. It was the High School Musical playhouse/high school and since I knew that hunting down hard-to-find gifts was what Santa Elves do best, I put him in charge of it and he delivered. She got all sorts of other great gifts as well, and the room was full of wrapping paper after all the presents were opened. She's one lucky gal.
Christmas day was really a busy one--we headed over to the Sallay house for lunch so that we could see all of those guys too.