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It Really Was a Merry Christmas

December 25th, 2006 · by sarra · 2 Comments

Link woke this morning around 7:30 and we headed downstairs to deal with the onslaught of gifts.

First on the agenda was the stockings. The custom is for the eldest to open a gift, then on down the line to the youngest. Link wasn’t so hot on that idea, but we were able to keep order for the most part. After a few rounds, Link caught on to pulling something from his stocking and opening it up. He was able to occupy himself with the most recently opened gift until his turn came around again.

After the stockings were cleared, I started breakfast, and we headed to the tree to work on the big pile. This time we started with Link, then moved to the eldest on down. This was a good strategy. Link helped open the first gift, then played with that for pretty much the rest of the morning. After about 3 rounds we took a break to eat breakfast and to shower and get dressed.

After showers, we opened a few more gifts, then Link decided he wanted to go to his playroom. Santa brought a kitchen for Link and it was waiting for him (assembled) up there, so we decided to take a few gifts and move the whole production. Link was yawning and rubbing his eyes, so we figured a nap wouldn’t be too far off. At about 11:30, we broke for Link’s lunch and he went off to take his nap.

I painted a chalkboard/magnetic wall in his playroom. I bought the paint back in October, but finally got around to painting this week. I was very disappointed in the level of magnetism on the wall (I haven’t tested chalk yet). It won’t hold plastic letters. I got some paper letters from the teacher’s supply store, and put some light magnets on the back. Those hold ok, but they’re a little bit too fragile for a boy Link’s age. And I’m stuck putting his plastic letters on my fridge. I’ve read about magnetic primer. I still have a can and a half of the chalkboard paint, so I’m considering trying some primer then painting it again. I just don’t want to have to deal with it anymore.

While Link napped, the grown ups tried to get through the rest of our presents, and have lunch. At about 1:10, Link woke crying. Alex soothed him and tried to get him back to sleep while we finished lunch and the presents, but he was not interested in sleep. Around 2 we gave up and brought him back down, and went back to opening gifts. Link really wanted nothing to do with presents anymore, (he was busy playing with the ones we’d already opened) so we opened them for him.

Around 3, we went outside so Link could look at the cars. Several people waved and honked at him, as we stood on the overpass. Then we came in and he had a bit of a tantrum, but I was able to distract him with snack time. It was clear that he really needed that extra hour of naptime.

About an hour or so later Link had another meltdown. He wanted to go outside, but he didn’t want to put his shoes on. I eventually got him calmed down and we played quietly in the playroom until supper. He ate and went to bed without incident.

After Link went to bed, we had a lovely dinner and played with Alex’s Wii. (Joan whupped him at Tennis, and I whupped him at bowling)

Link waiting to open stockings Empty Stockings Chalkboard/magnetic wall Magnets on fridge Magnets on fridge Little People:  Pirates and Castle Link and the Little People Link and the Little People Play Kitchen Link Link Link and Daddy The Aftermath Blocks More Blocks Daddy's Wii

Tags: Games and Toys · House · Link · Photos

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Granny // Jan 1, 2007 at 10:13 am

    Great picture of the Wii.

  • 2 kelliepannepacker // Jan 10, 2007 at 10:58 pm

    Love the pictures! I really like what you did with the cards over the fireplace. I may have to steal that for next year. We have a card holder but it does not work for all the cards we get. Links picture
    is awesome, the lighting and everything. I will have to email your Aidan’s.
    I took the picture after I sent the cards out. There will be pictures
    next year.

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