So, this is only a few minutes after getting up!
Santa rocked the Groves house!
And left Gabs a much too big bike. Way to go, TG!
The other one seemed to fit Ellie Sue perfectly! She took off through the house like she was SUPER BAD!
Poor, poor little two braided GG. She just couldn't touch the pedals!
It looks like Santa threw up in pink!
Until you get to our "mature" daughter's side of the room!
Ellie was the first one up and came to our room bright and early. She didn't pass go and she didn't collect any of her toys before she came to get us!
Nor did she lean over and awaken her little sister to come and enjoy it with her right off the bat. I had to encourage her to go let her in on the secret!
Santa brought LOTS of art supplies. Santa, is you crazy?! Is that PAINT!?
and baby dolls? Heck yeah! we GOTS us some baby dolls!
This has to be one of our best years ever. The girls are old enough now to get excited about every little thing. Gabbi sits and stares and ponders every single thing about a toy. Ellie tears open the package and chunks it to the side to get to the next one.
However, if you ask Gabbi what she got for Christmas from Santa, it's always the same... "Toys". In fact, that's exactly what she'd tell you every time you asked her what she wanted from Santa too! "toys".
Now, ask Ellie what she got for Christmas and the words that pass her lips, "A hot glue gun and a sewing machine". That's my girl!!
Daddy came in to be surprised by the loot.
And to do the all important opening of packages and such .
Then he made himself a cup of coffee and put on his skull cap (proof positive that he keeps our house at subarctic temperatures!) and enjoyed the show.
Gabs could have sat and slathered lipgloss on her lips for 30 minutes straight. She really could! She will go back and forth and back and forth and back and forth.... until her face is COVERED in make up!
I am keeping a grateful journal in 2012 (and encourage you too as well... more on that later), and one of the things I wrote yesterday is that I am grateful that my little girl likes to wear her hair in two braids. Isn't it the sweetest thing? At least one of them doesnt' think she has to have a Snooki pouf every day! See... I'm grateful for that too!
Then came the arduous task of sorting the gifts from under the tree. We had a few that we wrapped for each other, a few for the kiddos, and lots to go to JinJin's with later in the day.
Todd and I are not nearly as agile as we once were. WOuld anyone agree that hitting 40ish is when things just really take a turn?! It did for us. God forbid I had another kid whose room had to be UPstairs! Oh, Lord!!
I do LOVE a full stocking! DOn't you!?
I'm also glad we saved a few wrapped gifts for the girls. They really enjoyed getting to open a few on Christmas morning.
If you follow me on Facebook, you'll know that Staci threatened to get these for Ellie at the mall. They didn't have her size though. And she thought that would be enough to keep her from getting them. Ha! I figured, if I got the boots in a 12 (she wears a 9 1/2), then I could claim she could only wear them around the house. Riiiigghhhhhttt!!
I mean look at the JOY on that kid's face! She was totally beside herself!
The girls also opened a gift from Tashia on Christmas morning, a new LSU cheer uniform for each of them. Wonder when we'll be needing those? Hmmmm??? yea, I wonder!
yayyy... glittery Toms!
For BOTH of us!
Ellie drew her daddy a piece of art on her very own. Not only that, but she also got all the wrapping paper and supplies and wrapped it for him. She also wrote the names on a majority of the tags on the gifts under our tree this year. My baby girl is growing up!
Gabs may also tell you that besides "toys", this mirror ranks pretty dadgum high on her favorite Christmas gift list.
Lizzie just came in for the socialization. Really, she wishes everyone would just go right back to sleep. It was way early for that girl.
And then came stocking time!
Now JinJin and Pops didnt' raise no skimpy stocking stuffers!! Nosirreee.
So, as Gabbi cheered over getting her M&M's (simple pleasures for that girl!), we all three posed for our merry Christmas picture together.
Uggh, Gabs. That's gross.
Within minutes, the fingernail polish was a-flowin!
Except for the artist. She was busy putting on her press on nails.
Nails, makeup, high heels... THAT's what lights her fire!
Our den was ransacked, but it was a really awesome morning at the Groves' place.
and honestly, I love the LOVE that I see when my girls are playing and sharing together and with each other.
And more exciting than anything is that Miss Ellie Sue got to wear her high heel boots over to JinJin's.
You think she's proud of these?!
Gabs got her M&M's in hand and her Rapunzel dress on and was ready for the fiasco about to ensue at JinJin's too.
a little spin in her Barbie car.
Pops and Nana gave her this car the night before on Christmas Eve.
And to say she likes it is a gross understatement.
I'd say she more LOVES it!
and what makes Gabbi happy makes Mama happy!
Sorry Lizzie girl, you aren't going to be able to go today. We'll see you this afternoon, after mucho lunch and present exchange. And don't be judging... I KNOW I need to clean out that garage in the background... thus ORDER!!
With a loaded rear end, we packed it on up and headed on out.
Christmas morning 2011.
P.S. Got your word?! I think everyone saw mine and WHY I chose it. For the record, I KNOW why I chose my word and what areas in my life need ORDER. You can't have a blog, put your life out there publicly and not expect a little scrutiny from time to time. But, just sayin, I was not asking for any input on WHY I should have chosen my word or WHAT areas of my life needed ORDER. Nor do I need to know the priority in which the reasons needed to be listed. I know this. I chose my word because of it. It's MY WORD. My LIFE. My health. Sorry. I'll be back tomorrow. Happier and more chill.
Thanks for reading my blog.