It was my sister's year to host Christmas Eve. The boys had fevers & coughs though so I wasn't certain we should go. My sister made the call for us to go ahead & come, the kids had all been together just 2 days before so if they were going to share germs, they most likely already had. She also didn't want to not see us for Christmas, so we loaded up & went.
She made a delicious lasagna for dinner along with some of our family's traditional finger foods & treats. The kids & our mom & bonus dad opened gifts. We didn't stay long since the boys were sickish & I wanted to get them in bed at their regular bedtime so Santa had plenty of time to prep.
Garren, Nadia & Kellan group hug
Garren, Nadia, Kellan, Caden & Chandler opening gifts...
Nadia & Chandler
An air hockey table!!!
Some semi-selfie fun...
Kellan (you can see the sickness in his eyes) :(
Caden (the same sickness in his eyes) :(
Christmas morning the boys woke up at 4:30AM. At first it was just to potty, then one of them asked "has Santa come yet?" We had to distract them a bit at first, their main gifts were too bug to bring in the house but also could not be left outside all night. My mom & bonus dad spent the night with us, so Donna & my dad rolled the 4 wheelers & jeep out of the garage while my mom & I distracted the boys with a couple gifts to unwrap.
Kellan, Garren, Caden opening some books, Nerf guns, Hess trucks, & Avengers.
Then... "Did you hear that?! It sounded like reindeer! Lets go outside & see if they are still here!!!"
Caden & Garren asked Santa for 4-wheelers, Kellan asked for a Jeep
Papa & Garren
Talking the boys back inside until it was light out was no easy feat. They DID NOT want to get off their new rides!!! With the promise of more presents to open, they finally gave in.
Caden, Kellan & Garren back for more...
hungry hungry hippos, gone fishin' & some washi tape (G is obsessed with tape!)
Gifts from Nana & Papa included some Minion dishes,
lots of Miles from Tomorrowland & Avengers stuff
I LOVE this corgi shirt I found for Donna!
Donna's mom & dad arrived about 10AM & gave the boys more gifts to open... It was a very Minion Christmas here as their stocking were also loaded with Minion bath supplies, toothpaste & toothbrushes, notebooks, pencils, tattoos, coloring books & stickers. ALL MINION!!!
And FINALLY the sun was up & they could ride!!!
I cooked just about everything for Christmas Dinner, Donna's mom made & brought pies & my mom made a cake & Waldorf salad. Everything was delicious if I do say so myself! LOL & the grown-ups had a lovely dinner while the boys picked at what they wanted to eat & played. I wasn't forcing or fighting over this meal!
Grandpa & Grandma Tilyou, Papa & Nana, & MomMom
I was certain that the boys would drop off for a nap at some point but they didn't. After our parents all left Donna went in our room to nap, she had worked 2 continuous weeks including early mornings & late nights. Luckily Caden & Garren followed suit & were passed out at 5PM.
Kellan however was on a roll & enjoyed playing with every single new toy by himself for a while. He eventually went to bed at his regular bedtime & I passed out shortly thereafter!
I believe 4.5 is the perfect Christmas age! The boys were very aware & excited at every single stage of the Holiday Season this year. We really really couldn't have had a better or more fun Christmas!