The kids were great. They waited patiently for Liz to make breakfast, breakfast was then inhaled, and the three families dispersed to our various areas to open our individual presents in our own parts of the house. After some play time with the newly acquired presents, we had a nice lunch and then gathered in the main living room for the farmily present opening! These were mostly presents that would wind up in the playroom as 'general' toys, and the concept was surprisingly understood. There was some apprehension the younger boys might not understand that the present they just unwrapped was technically for everyone, not just them, but we needn't have worried. Wrapping paper flew, and the babies happily sat down and played with the nearest toy while more was unwrapped. The last presents opened were matching Christmas PJ's that Katie made from scratch for all the kids, and after a little struggling (who wants to get changed while there are toys to play with, right?) all the kids were proudly sporting their PJ's. They were already a wriggling mass of Christmas joy (heh) and we desperately wanted a photo of them all wearing the new PJ's, but weren't sure how to get them to sit still. They are, after all, mostly under 3. So, after some pleading, and eventual bribery, the kids all had candy shoved in their mouths to make the photo happen. And it did! They may not be smiling, but it's still a pretty fun photo anyways. It's all about making memories, and being able to look back at this photo 5 years down the road and say "I can't believe you were all that SMALL!"
Liz made a simple but tasty breakfast.
The Godbeer kids sitting down to enjoy! Think Ethan might be a *tad* excited?
Elijah understands the need to clean up before we unwrap gifts. Very thoughtful.
Hannah and Ethan wait patiently for the first gifts to be handed out. Gabriel? Hello?
Jon starts the presents!
Ethan patiently began opening this big box...
...which quickly devolved into this madness. All good fun though!
Jeremiah shows off the new digger he unwrapped!
At one point Evelyn was dutifully handing presents out to the kids...until she got to her brother and wouldn't hand it over. Heh.
Elijah might have enjoyed his candy cane a little *too* much. That look says "you ain't taking this away from me...."
Charlotte was also a sticky red and green mess after her candy cane!
Evelyn shows off her pink tutu that Auntie Laura made for her!
Amidst the new food and kitchen toys. The babies all looove playing kitchen!
Elijah and Charlotte, newly changed into their PJ's.
The older kids join in the kitchen fun..
These blocks were also a hit. They're a little more versatile than lego, and have some neat parts you can build onto for some interesting creations!
The Farmily kids, 2012! Merry Christmas everyone!!