Here is the scene that greeted the kids Christmas morning. Kaia was so surprised that she stopped in her tracks, on the stairs, and stared. The look on her face was so beyond priceless--next year I'll make it a point to get downstairs in front of her so I can get some more pictures.
Jon's mom and brother have been with us for Christmastime. For Christmas Eve we had a Swedish Meatballs and Lefse Dinner and read the Christmas story from the Bible. We did presents on Christmas Day. Kaia wanted to play with each gift she opened, so presents took about four hours. There were little intermissions for breakfast and Harry's morning nap.
Harry was really good at tearing paper off the presents and putting it in his mouth. Kaia was a great present opener, present passer-outer, and cheerleader for her brother! After she unwrapped her skateboard she used it as a car to deliver gifts to everyone! We had a lot of fun unwrapping, playing, and spending the morning together.
Kaia spent a lot of time with this train track...both she and Harry love it! Lest any of you get worried, she also has a new doll which she has affectionately named Baby Sparkle. Christmas with a 3-year old and Christmas with a 2-year old were such wildly different games it's hard to even begin to share how very exciting this year was. Having kids is such a treat at Christmastime. I really loved watching Kaia pick out and make presents for everyone and then get to open all hers. I practically had butterflies in my tummy when I saw Kaia get so very excited for Harry to open his presents. She was really thrilled to deliver a stocking to everyone and watch each person open their own stocking (I was also entertained to watch her discover that Santa had delivered very similar goodies to everyone!). I'm definitely not putting up pictures of all the presents...mostly because it's late...but I will do another short post with Santa pictures. I hope you all had great Christmases!