And I sure needed my nap on Christmas day.
Dave and I were up until after 3am Christmas morning, and we were tuckered out! It was totally worth it, though.
As referenced in my last post, we made a puppet theater for the girls. Other than the curtains and the re-build upstairs, it was done in plenty of time. But the curtains took me a while since I took my sweet time. And the re-build took a while since Dave had to hand screw everything in so as not to wake the girls up with the drill.
See, we went from having only a little tree, and no presents, in the loft area when the girls went to bed Saturday night, to having a large puppet theater and a mass of Christmas gifts in the loft area when they woke up.
That kind of transformation takes time, people. It takes time.
Every morning, Mookie has this tradition, if you will, of stumbling into our bedroom around 7:30 for a bit of a snuggle and to play games or read while we all wake up. So we weren't really worried that she would see anything out of the ordinary before we were ready for her to see it. And Sprout has this tradition, if you will, of sleeping till about 8:30, so we were all set in that regard. Once Sprout woke up, we all went downstairs for some breakfast...and to build the hype a bit. Since Mookie hadn't seen any presents under the tree, she didn't really expect anything out of the ordinary, but we kept talking about this BIG surprise, and how excited we were, and how excited she would be, and how much fun we were going to have, etc.
So about 9:30, I went upstairs first to set up the video camera and to hide in the puppet theater to take pictures, and then Dave brought the girls up.
Here's the before (you can see the puppet theater on the left):
Mookie was so startled by the transformation! You can see the surprise, and fear?, in her face.
She was actually so scared that she got down on the floor and started to crawl! Poor girl!
But when she figured out that it was a puppet theater and that it was all good, she jumped up and RAN for the "puppet feetar" as she calls it. :)
I love that photo! I love that face!! :)
"Look, Mama! I can do my very own puppet shows!"
Then she came around back, grabbed the few puppets we had (many more showed up soon!), and commensed to wowwing us with her mad puppetry skillz.
There were quite a few puppet shows that day...and every day since. :)
Not one to be left out, Sprout was trying to get in on the puppet show action. (LOVE the hair!)
Here's the whole family before we opened any of the presents. The loft was a WRECK by the time we were all done. Still is...
Dave gave me a pair of Christmas socks (among other things...like an Accuquilt Go! Cutter) (Score!!) and Sprout desperately wanted to wear them. How can you say no to that cute face?
Here she is with them on. These are certainly easier for her to wear than my regular slippers!
This is such a goofy shot of my goofy girl. I love it.
We got Sprout a little kitchen tools set, and both girls really loved it. Occupied them for quite a while, actually.
I found these little fairy wings at Target on clearance, and thought Sprout might like them. Well. Little did I know! She immediately said "Ningabow! Ningabow!!" (For Tinkerbell), and held out her arms. I said "Do you want to put these on? And she said "Yup" And I said "Okay." And she said "K." I just adore this age!!Her Tinkerbell wings stay on pretty much every moment she knows they're there. We sneak them off every now and then, but when she sees them, she wants them on again.
Poor girl. She was just poopin' out, there! We'd only been going for about an hour and a half at this point...
She found her second wind, though, and got to playing again.
So, that's it! We took our sweet time, and very leisurely opened all of our presents. It took us about 3 hours, really, but there weren't THAT many presents. We just took. our. time. We read stories. We had puppet shows. We snacked on candy. We played with new toys. We stayed in our jammies all day.
And then we used our new sandwich press to make fancy triangle sandwiches, and then had a nice, well-deserved nap.
Which explains why I slept right through my put-the-turkey-in-the-oven-NOW window, and we didn't eat our Christmas Turkey until 2 days later. It was good, though. :)