December 20th: Christmas!
We celebrated our family Christmas this morning! It was absolutely magic =) We had asked Serenity if she wanted us to let Donovan wake her up, as he wants to every morning, so she could go down for presents with him. And she enthusiastically agreed, and was so excited when she heard him calling, “sis! Sis! SIS!” We started with stockings. Serenity found a Hello Kitty with a lollipop, and some fleece play lollipops, and one real cookie lollipop in her stocking. There turned out to be sort of a theme with her presents this year =) She also got a Cinderella nightgown, a Hello Kitty Christmas ornament and Skittles, of course. She loves the candy with her letter on it the best. =) Donovan was not very excited about opening presents, but he loved it when we opened them for him! He first pulled out some bath crayons, that he wanted to open and play with immediately, but we instead distracted him with some more stocking fun. So he got a gigantic bouncy ball in his stocking that he knew just what to do with. He walked right over to the tile floor and bounced away!
Then we got to the presents under the tree. Serenity opened up her pillow racer first, her pink unicorn that she named Magical. Donovan saw her riding it and said immediately, “I too! I too!” Fortunately, we got him one as well. We had to open it for him but he instantly preferred his dinosaur and got right on, roaring away. Later we fed the dinosaur leaves from the felt garden, and Serenity said Magical liked sparkly petals to eat.
Donovan also got a drum, which he banged on just like in music class. It was wonderful to see him so excited! And he actually says “so excited!” which is so so cute! He says that often in the morning when we get him out of bed too =) He’s excited to greet the day! Serenity got him an Elmo dvd and some little golf-ball sized wiffle balls.
Serenity got new play-doh toys, which we also used this morning, and a mind blowing science set, which she was hesitant about until Eric reassured her that it wouldn’t actually blow her mind, it was just fun experiments. She wanted to play with that right away too, but we need to wait for naptime. I’m so glad they wanted to use everything right away! I think they truly loved everything they got! Donovan got Serenity the Periwinkle costume she asked for, and she’s still wearing it.
Oh, I almost forgot to write about the tails! I made an elephant hat and tail, and a lion hat and tail! They were excited to see them! Serenity put the elephant right on. Actually I think both kids like the elephant best. Donovan only wore his for a second in the morning, but he asked to wear it again later on. Serenity went around trumpeting just like in her elephant and piggie book. Such fun!
When Eric got home from work, we enjoyed a Christmas feast courtesy of Papa John’s pizza, since I painted the inside of our pantry and emptied the house in preparation for our new floor on Saturday! Then we headed upstairs to make a humongous crazy fort! Eric got a new set of pink crazy forts for Christmas, so we made a big barn and stable. Serenity called it her castle, and she stabled her unicorns in there. She got the new one for Christmas, which I didn’t want upstairs for fear of sliding down the stairs on the wheeled fun. But we discovered that she had three other unicorns, including a pillow pet, and one pegasus, so we used those. She was Sleeping Beauty in her pretty pink dress, and she used fancy accessories to groom herself and her unicorn, and she had Eric give her all kinds of riding lessons, as she practiced galloping, grooming, and finally feeding and watering her unicorn. She named her pillow racer Magical, and decided to call the pillow pet Magical as well. =)
Such a magical Christmas =)