Well it’s Christmas morning and the gifts were largely opened last night at Lee and Brittany’s place. Christmas Eve started with us running out early to Wal-Mart for batteries and then chilling out a bit at home until we went by Jared and Katherine Siebert’s with gifts for them and the boys. We bought the boys (and Jared) multi-tools which were promptly taken to their backyard start cutting down trees. Hopefully none of them bled out. Shopping for Jared and Katherine was quite easy as we gave them a couple of our favourite books of the last couple of years. We got a wonderful card and gift card from them which we hope to share. Jared did the impossible and got Jordon reading some science fiction in 2001: A Space Oddessy. Jordon doesn’t read a lot of fiction but Jared had been working through the series which got Jordon interested.
After that we drove to Warman and saw Lee and Brittany. Lee being Lee started to lobby that we open all of the gifts right away. Brittany stopped him (and Jordon) and made us a wonderful dinner first. After Christmas we exchanged gifts. We gave Lee a Flip Mino HD video camera, a case, and a tripod. Jordon got into the TV show MI-5 so we gave him the DVD of season one and an authorized history of MI-5. Hopefully he enjoys it as much as Jordon did. For Brittany we gave her some serving dishes, a spice rack, a book journal (she is an English teacher), and a hot chocolate maker with a plethora of hot chocolate mixes.
They gave me a Keurig coffee/tea/iced drink maker and gave Oliver a Thomas the Tank Engine railway track. Mark was given a Denver Broncos hat that he won’t take off an a mini Denver Broncos helmet and most funny, a Denver Broncos iced Pilsner glass. I guess that is for when the Broncos played like they did this weekend.
Jordon gave me a Kobo Vox tablet. He had to fight a bit to get it set up but it is sync’d up with my email, contacts, calendar, and now has a variety of apps on it. Mark got me a case for it and a season on the Muppets. Oliver got me the third season of the Muppets, Star Wars Lego for my Nintendo DS, and some Halle Berry perfume. Jordon also gave me a book on the Titanic because we are heading to Regina to see the Titanic exhibit at the Saskatchewan Science Centre on Friday. Along with my stocking came the traditional gifts of a ladies razor upgrade, some beauty products, and a new kick butt tooth brush.
We gave Oliver a Rescue Heroes fire truck and helicopter, a Lightning McQueen fishing rod for the cabin, some Nintendo Wii controllers for kids (with some games for him and Mark to play together), and some Toy Story action figures. Of all of the gifts, he cared about the Fire Truck the most and was heard at 3:00 a.m. singing a song about how awesome Rescue Heroes are. He had a iPad like reader from V.Tech and we got him a case for it as well as some more reading cartridges. While shopping, we saw a V.Tech laptop for only $10. We weren’t going to get it but the price was really good. As I write this, Oliver is chilling out and “blogging” about his Rescue Heroes right now on it.
We gave Mark an official Kinsmen Football League football by Nike, Coleman field watch, a Husky football jersey (that we got really cheap on sale at the Husky Store), a remote control car that he really wanted, a nice multi-tool set, Modern Warfare 2, Wayne Gretzky hockey (along with Ollie), a magnesium fire starter and some board games for the cabin. He was thrilled and promises to be the chief fire starter at the lake this summer. I am not holding my breath.
Scott gave the boys a classic book series that his kids loved. Mark is already digging it.
Because all three of the guys mocked for me for my Snuggie, all three of them now have Snuggies. Thrilled is not a word I would use to describe their reaction .
After we opened the gifts last night, ate some ice cream cake and then watched Elf with Will Farrell. Bob Newhart and James Caan should have both done more Christmas specials. Nothing like a silly Christmas movie with family to make the night a great one.
We are heading over to the Reimer’s today for Christmas dinner and to enjoy some more Christmas cheer with friends. I hope your Christmas is a good one.
Update: Spent evening with the Reimers and Kristy. We ate a great traditional Christmas meal; turkey and the trimmings. Mark and Gloria played Jenga, Oliver locked himself downstairs, and Kristi is the alpha-nerd with a heated Snuggie that we gave her for Christmas. It was a great night. Oliver ran himself ragged on a sugar high all day and as he fell asleep on the drive home he said, “I love Jerry, Gloria, and Kristy” as he fell asleep.