The kids woke up early, asking to open "just one little present"...I caved..lol! I usually have the advent calendar include a scripture about GIVING and then let them each open one gift. This year was no different, they got to open the gifts that were from each other. Blake gave Taylor a huge Mc2 science kit and Tay gave him a 6 month XBOX live account. Tay was thrilled, and while Blake appreciated her gift, he was a bit bummed that it wasn't something to actually play with. Even an almost 13 year old likes to stay busy playing! So...I let them each open "just one more" and they were both happy as clams. Tay got a pair of snowflake earrings and Blake got a smartwatch, I love happy kiddos. Blake went to figure out his watch, while Tay did some science experiments. The kids also gave me a great gift...they got the front room tv to show a cozy fireplace with Christmas music! YAY!
We got ready first thing, because Allison and Andrew were headed up for a visit. It was so nice getting to visit with them, and getting to know Andrew more. It ended up being a short visit because they had plans for the evening, but at least we got to see them. It was already a blessed Christmas Eve.
The kids started begging to open our presents, it seems they want to do it earlier and earlier each year. Billy and I were trying to hold them off, but then since we are all just home for the entire day, we figured, why not?! We let Tay say a prayer of thanks, for God giving us Jesus and said Happy Birthday to Him, it was really sweet. We were excited for the kids to open gifts to as this was a special Christmas for Blake because he got something he has been wanting for a long long time...his own pc in his room! We did make him wonder if he was getting it, we let him open every other gift and kept making comments about how we hope he wouldn't be disappointed. Billy even wrote him a poem riddle thing and wrapped it to make him go searching for it. He found a gaming pc in his room, under his desk. He was the happiest kid ever, and of course, that makes us the happiest parents ever too. Tay got a VR headset and other science kits. she was happy with her gifts and even happier for Bubby getting what he really wanted! She was so sweet, she was hoping he would get a pc, I love that she cares about her big bro. Billy got me thej foot massager that I asked for and the best gift ever for me...blog books! I get to print our last vacation book and THE NEXT ONE!!! We get to go to Sunnyside Fl next year! Billy got a special capo, some clothes that were needed, a griddle, and a digital record player. We also got some hand made gifts from the kids, those are always the most precious.