Merry Christmas 2010!

Christmas around here is simply magical. Our home is warm with smiles, laughter and love.

These are just a few highlights from this wonderful day!

Ginger, as always, was the easiest child to please. She was in awe of each present she received. Here she is with Barbie clothes from Pap and Nana.

This was her most wanted item (next to her own pair of scissors). I had banned markers from any child under the age of 8. Although you would be correct in guessing that I'm a little compulsive about certain kinds of messes, I have to say that one can only find marker art on so many no-paper surfaces (such as dressers, bathroom walks, bed linens, you get the picture) before losing one's mind. Scissors have also been hidden and out of reach (rememember the case of the mysterious missing hair?). Anyway, Ginger was very happy to have the ban lifted.

She was also thrilled to receive a little bling!

A piggy bank from the dollar store was a big hit, too!

I'm not so sure this Wocket was a big hit for Ginger. She couldn't wear it, make art with it, or read it. It's been stuffed in a bag since Christmas day. I guess they all can't be winners, right?

Owen was thrilled with his boring assortment of boy toys. Bakugan, Mighty Beanz, video games.

As you can see, his fashion sense did not change for the holidays. (Not so interesting side note - Owen received this sweatshirt as a Christmas gift from my mother in 2007. The fact that he is still wearing it is a testament to his fashion sensibility. After all, you wouldn't want to wear something that actually fits and isn't designed to look cute on a toddler).

Maddie was tricky this year. She told Santa "Please bring me something to entertain me." That is totally not fair. I wish someone would explain the rules to this child! Without a wish list, how is Santa supposed to know what to get?

She was pretty entertained by her Nintendo DS. In fact, she has been entertaining her self with this pretty much non stop since Christmas day. In FACT, she has been wearing this same outfit since Christmas day.

And, what's Christmas without a little drama? Here is the Queen with a squishy ball, which was "Just what I ALWAYS wanted!!!"

I don't even remember what this was about. Whatever it was, it was pretty dramatic.

The girls dressed in their outfits that I got on clearance after Halloween. I think they cost 25 cents each. They've been wearing parts of these outfits ever since, so I think that was money well spent.

CoCo loved her Grinch, until I read the story to her. After that, she wasn't so impressed with him.

Even socks are exciting if they are wrapped in princess paper and found under a tree!!

And this is the Mayor of Quinbyville, who presided over the days' activities.

Merry Christmas to you! Hope that the magic of Christmas is with you always!


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