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Sunday, December 28, 2008


Santa definitely came!! I had every intention of spoiling Carter this year. He has out grown a lot of the toys he has...so I am boxing up most of his toy box to allow room for the new ones that are at his age level. I am happy because after a few days he is still playing with his new stuff...that is a good sign! But in all actuality I LOVE buying toys and had a hard time not taking one of everything!

Visions of tons and tons of candy dance in his head.

I am ecstatic to report that the hideous wall paper you see behind the stockings is no longer there...we have been busy the past couple of days...pictures to come!

2:00 A.M. just after Santa finished up.

This Little People Learn About Town is such a fun toy and Carter has been playing with it ever since! There is so much to do...buttons to push...songs to sing...people to put places...just lots of fun.

The Hot Wheels Carter asked for for weeks before.

Grandma Theresa (my mom) sent Carter his very first remote control car...dump truck. It is so much fun! Carter loves it...as well as the rest of us. However, it has a ghost and likes to start driving around in the wee hours of the morning. It can't steer and ends up bumping up against the wall until someone comes and helps it. I have to remember to turn the switch to off at the end of the day or it wakes us up.

Josh got some ties that I picked out and quite like, an electronic dart board, and a Havoc Heli...which turned out to be a very good gift on my part. It is a lot of fun to fly around! I think everyone should get one! I was pleased because Josh always buys whatever he wants throughout the year making it very hard to shop for him. He actually did not take anything I got him back...and that is a first!

Here is my coveted card wall...some of you reading this will see yourselves up there...I have gotten a few more since this picture so if you don't see yours that is why...thank you to everyone who sent me one!

Of course I did not get any pictures of me or my presents...which I need to make sure I take some pictures! Josh got me a sewing machine...that is all I asked for..so he did great! He also got me a bunch of random stuff just to have things for me to open...I ended up taking quite a few things back to the store and will pick out something I really want...or just use the money to pay bills or or by groceries...you know...the boring yet essential stuff.

On Christmas Eve we delivered the Angel Tree gifts to all of the families we had and that was a lot of fun. We then had to run to the store for a few last minute items (it seems the rest of the county had to as well...it was packed) by the time we finished I realized the roast I had marinating in the fridge still had 3 hours to cook and my Christmas Eve dinner would not be realized. We decided at the last minute to go out to dinner instead. We went to "On the Border" and Carter bumped his face on the table and his cheek instantly bruised. The food was okay...but it was fun to go out and just be together rather than in the kitchen fretting over dinner.

We woke up at 8:00 Christmas morning and opened gifts and then Skyped my family and watched them open their gifts. I really love Skype...it makes living far away possible. Then we talked to Josh's family and had a simple breakfast. After that we put on "Horton Hears a Who" and all fell asleep. I can't believe this but I think I fell asleep at 11:30 and I slept until after 3:00...now that was an excellent Christmas nap!!

After I woke up we got ready to go and went over to the Smith's house. We had a delicious dinner and then played games. It was nice to get out of the house for a while and get to know this family in our ward. It was also very nice to be fed dinner!

We then came home and talked to family (and Katie) some more and just enjoyed the last hour before bed.

I cannot believe how fast Christmas came and went. I hardly had time to anticipate it. I didn't get to do a lot of the activities I wanted to do with Carter to build the excitement of the season...but we did get to read a lot of Christmas books and watch the Grinch (Jim Carrey) about 200 times (and it is on as I type this as well). Amazingly I still like the movie!

It was a great day and so much fun! I predict next year to be even better as Carter's understanding of the happenings of the season increases!

Hope all was well for you and your family and I wish you all an amazing New Year...may many great things come to fruition in 2009 for all of us!


Jennifer Dunn said...

Sounds like all of you were on Santa's Nice list this year!

Shane and Amy Jo said...

I got Shane a Havoc Heli as well. Defintely his favorite gift. Good job me!!!

Us Bailey's said...

Meryy Christmas to you! Sounds like Santa found your house just fine! I hope Carter enjoys his new toys -- and I agree I love skype too! Enjoy that new sewing machine and Carter's ghost toy (Joel has one too- it has long since lost the batteries- can't imagine where they went ;)!

Christine said...

Merry Christmas! We love you guys!

Bradbury Trio said...

So glad to hear your Christmas was a MERRY ONE!! And I can see that Carter is already having lots of fun with his new toys!! I'm looking forward to seeing what you make with your new sewing machine too (be careful not to sew your thumb, like I've done in the past! lol) I love ya Laurita!!!! XOXO

julie said...

Your wall is covered!! Does that mean you forgive me for not sending one?!?! Please! I meant to I swear! Besides, I took that picture of my mom and dad..so that counts right?

Kristin, Jeff, and Michael said...

Yeah for Christmas! Carter is so dang cute Laura...seriously....and all i got for Jeff was a book...I am a lame wife...next year i will take your advice and get a Havoc Heli! It really is fun having kids because you get excited about Christmas time again...well you get more excited...like when we were little!

Des said...

so fun! I love spoiling the kids...and it is so easy. He is so cute!

Cassie said...

Your boy is getting so big! Time for another one? Good job on the pink tie. Rhett would never wear pink. I've tried looking for "manly" pink ties and have failed. I did find a purple one however and it went over well. With Rhett being a seminary teacher and having to wear a tie everyday I've broadened his horizon on the girly colors:)