Christmas morning was a bit of a circus. We all agreed to get up at 6:30 to open presents knowing full well that the girls would be ready WAY before that. In fact, Maddie woke up at 4am (told by her Great Uncle Scott that Santa had not yet arrived, so she needed to go back to bed), then woke me up at 5:30, 6:00, 6:15, and finally 6:30. Once given the green light, Maddie woke up Brooke and they ran downstairs to check out the stockings and Santa gifts.
We paused briefly for a Cinnamon Roll appetizer and waited for the rest of the grown ups to come down to open gifts.
The girls tore through their presents, while Susan and Papa (and the rest of us) tried to de-box, clean up, and assemble items. By the time we got one thing set up, the girls were on to the next gift. They got a Karaoke machine....
And a cotton candy maker.....
We then took another quick break for breakfast tacos and freshly juiced oranges and grapefruit (from Terry's trees!).
Maddie got a pot holder maker thingy and needed her Grandpa and Great Uncle's help with the final touches.
I got this terribly great video of Zak doing Karaoke, but I'm too embarrassed for him to post it. It was to Huey Lewis and The News' Heart of Rock and Roll. Here's a pic:
Then the girls and Susan made several varieties of popcorn in their new machine. It was amazingly good!
Then Terra, a newly minted Hatha Yoga Instructor, led us in a group yoga session.
Downward facing dog....at which point Zak said, "All I'm getting are pictures of your butts, so I'm done."
For Christmas 2011, I'm particularly grateful for family who traveled a very long way to see us!