Despite colds and a bit of GI bugginess, we had a great Christmas and quiet New Year's Eve.
Before I even opened one package, I had my best Christmas presents: watching the kids' faces as they opened their stockings and presents. Especially James. Two years ago he was so disinterested in the whole event that we just stopped opening his presents. It made me cry. Last year he was politely interested. What he really liked was playing with the tissue paper: Wheeeee!
*This* year, he ripped those wrappings and got into what was inside. Sounds awful to say this, but my heart sang. Because he was engaged and right there with us. Best gift hands down!!!
He loved his laptop toy so much he wouldn't put it down ...
... until his dad helped him open his bowling set:
Which encouraged him to open his toy stick/wand that makes things slide, twirl, and make noise:
He got a Leapfrog fridge Word Builder magnet set from his Nana. He and his sister have been playing with that, and his laptop. On his new bed. And they play really well together. THANK YOU!!!