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Twas the day of Christmas….

Twas finally time for naps

And all through the mess

Not a creature was stirring,

Except for Dad on WordPress…

We had a happy and fun time Christmas morning and if the sight of family videos and lousy photography via cell phones doesn’t rub you the wrong way why don’t you grab some egg nog and sit a spell.

Christmas actually started a little early for our girls. When I got home from work Christmas eve I spied a box with their name on it by the front door.

Now if you have been following 3D for a while you may know who this is from.

Our girls are blessed with a whole stadium full of grandmothers that adore these girls. And every Christmas eve a box shows up on our doorstep from a very special grandmother. Here is a peek at some of the fun Christmas eve as their Holiday gets started 12 hours early…

But soon after some super gifts, church, and dinner it was off to bed to wait for Santa!

With all the gift giving and good will we couldn’t for get snacks for dear ol’ Santa though…WP_20131224_003Homemade Gingerbread cookies thanks to our nanny!

As usual, Christmas morning started way too early (this doesn’t happen at your house, does it?). The kids were up for hours while the parents were still in their PJ’s.

Knowing Aunt Sue would still be wearing her camera though I decided to wear my ‘Max-the-Dog’ Santa Clause hat to cover up some troubling bedhead and try to look a little festive!


Now it may come as no surprise to you but our girls were pretty good over all this year. The Clause’s actually think a lot of the girls and decided to leave each one a whole sack of presents for their very own!


Thank you Santa!

And so spying their booty bag of gifts the craziness began!

The girls tore into their respective bags. We had to separate the bags to keep from confusing who got what toy. They each got some things from Santa that they asked for and some that they didn’t ask for. But none of the gifts kept the smiles from showing!

Yes, Skylar could not be confused by Daddy and knew exactly what she wanted to do with her stocking money…head to the kid heaven of Chucky Cheese!

The girls worked through their bags a little bit more and I saw I had a problem on my hands…WP_20131225_003

..and we are just getting started at this point!

I’m going to need some more trash bags..

Yes, this is our first Christmas without a fireplace and the debris was piling up. The girls didn’t notice though. They were just getting started as well.

Evidently Santa and his elves heard Dylan started school this year and some of her Christmas booty went to keeping her ‘Kindergarten fashionable‘..

Santa knew what Skylar likes too! And while Skye never asked for a special gift she got a surprise one any way….

Yes, ‘EVERY child should have a camera’ so they can take impromptu pictures of their Mom and Dad….and thus not use up so much data on their parents cell phone!

Santa was his usual generous self and nobody in the family was forgotten….


Now if you look at Chumley’s Christmas collar you may notice some Jingle Bells on it. He accepted the collar like a good sport and never seemed to notice the bells jingling every time he took a walk.

This actually helped to keep our whole house festive with the sound of Santa’s sleigh in the house. ….that is until we went to bed. Chum sleeps in Mom and Dad’s room and so the collar had to come off before he stuck one foot, er, paw on there. But the collar didn’t come off before I raced him around the backyard at bedtime!

This gave the whole neighborhood the jingling sound of Santa’s sleigh (bells) feverish tearing though the night time air, looking for a roof top to land on.

Now some of you may be wondering, did Santa remember Dylan’s special gift, the Stuffy? See if this smile and what’s under her arm can help you out….

Sorry, that is the most she would hold still with the Stuffy in her hands.

Now what about Daddy?

Do you think Daddy was good enough all year to merit some Christmas treasures?

Well, I got a very special Christmas bag from Santa under the tree too, filled with exactly what I want….


I also got some dazzling refrigerator art (for work) to remind me why I go to work in the first place…



Not too bad, eh?


I hear some creatures stirring in the house now. And I still have some ‘assembly required‘ on my To Do list.

But first I think I will get another bowl of this….


Have a very Merry Christmas everyone!

Thanks for dropping by!

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27 thoughts on “Twas the day of Christmas….

  1. It was a nice one Sandy! Thanks. I hope you had a gret one with your family too. Happy holidays…week!

  2. Hey, this is even better than I imagined! My lawyer Daddy always taught me to read the fine print – did you see this embedded in the agreement to this download link you provided?

    “You may charge a fee for the physical act of transferring a copy, and you may at your option offer warranty protection in exchange for a fee.”

    Letsee…how much can you earn from passing this link along?

    btw the boys LOVE this, too funny!

  3. Ahh, looks like your family had a beautiful Christmas. 🙂

  4. oh I thought it was you that totally gave me a hard time! That video is old, we have way more snow right now. I was born in Montreal, Quebec and you are the first American to say I don’t sound Canadian! Ever!

  5. So you are so far ahead of me in the hipness of today’s gaming! Elf bowling wasouor favorite time takng game. Check it out here…


  6. Thanks, 3D! We used to elf ourselves all the time with the older 3 who loved it, but it got old and we forgot about it. Now we can try it with the baby – thanks for reminding me of that – he will probably freak out and hide when he see it, he gets so embarrassed so easily! What was that other elf thing I heard of, was it bowling or something like that?

  7. Oh, and I meant to tell you…my wife has a great app on her phone you and your boys would love…’Elf Yourself’…where you take a picture of you and your boys and then the app turns the profile into Elf people and they do the funniest dance. Your kids would love it!

  8. Mom cleared out most of the presents by the end of the day. She did like the book PLUS we got her another Shel Silverstein book (See Bedtime stories in my header) He is the best kids poet / Story teller! I think you can appreciate the ‘How Not To Do The Dishes’ poem…Mr. Chum had a GREAT Christmas. He got all the leftover Turkey again! Have a great week Ms. Aurora! Thanks for stopping by….

  9. I Had more energy back when your kids were young too! Thanks for your kind words…but I will still take any tips I can get!

  10. lol, OK Diana that wasn’t me. I never saw that video before. And You sound American! You sound like you live right around the corner except for your long O’s. Are you really from Canada? I mean there was hardly any snow in that video, right? And now that I saw that video on youtube, and your user name it appears I know your b-day as well 🙂 ..wherever you were born…Cleveland? Buffalo? Detroit? Have a great week mon amie!

  11. Could only see pieces of the videos cause youtube has been mostly dead all week here.
    I see you left the open presents, or what was left of them, by the tree.
    The stuffie made it.
    She liked the book after all.
    Chucky Cheese 🙂
    Good to see that Mr Chum had a happy xmas too.

  12. yeah you heard it on one of my posts and made sure to mention it to me in an email! Remember? http://talktodiana.wordpress.com/2012/11/07/resistance-is-futile/

  13. Both stages are great! There are pros and cons to all stages but overall it works out nicely. I had more energy back then which helped. Now, I love when they do the work. Your girls are going to turn out to be beautiful caring young ladies who will spoil their daddy rotten! 🙂

  14. So now that you are experienced, I wanted to ask you, which do you prefer, Well behaved teenagers or young cute toddlers? And how do I get mine to turn out like yours? And they made you brunch! You’ve donea great job there Maria! You should be proud! The brunch sounds Yummy!

  15. Thank you Ms.Lola! Allthe best to you bothas well! You’re going to drop by next year, aren’t you? 🙂

  16. And thanks for stopping in on our family Donna! I know othere people’s kids are always tha interesting. Glad you had a fun time with your friends….and you are staying warm! Have a great Holiday weekend too!

  17. The girls LOVE there Stuffies! I hope to make it to the PO this afternoon to get yours in the mail. I hope you had a great Christmas with everyone! Tell Jess we all send our love!

  18. Oh thats right, yo could hear us in the videos! My bad. I would tell yo I ennjoy YOUR accent too (cause I surely don’t have one when I am in y country) and i haven’t even heard it yet. Joyeux Noel! Diana!

  19. Looks like you had a lovely holiday! Have a very happy, healthy New Year, Andy!

  20. Actually it was the accent and don’t get me wrong, I love it!

  21. Looks like it was a very special Christmas at your house! Lovely photos and videos.:) Thanks for sharing as always! – Donna

  22. What a nice day you had! I absolutely love the pics and videos but my fave is the two girls inside the Santa sac! Precious!

    We woke up at 10 (sorry) and I’d like you to know that I’m still my bata! The best present of all was my kids cooking and preparing the brunch! My son made a delicious egg casserole and my daughter was in charge of the ham and cinnamon buns. I got to sit on the couch and relax until the meal was ready! It doesn’t get better than that! 🙂 A wonderful day with my little familia.

    Enjoy the rest of the week.


  23. Yay!!! I’m so glad the “Stuffies” made it! I was wondering about them! Merry Christmas to all!

  24. Merry Christmas SSM! Yes, tell him to come on, the more the merrier! Unless he is the one that is scared of Princesses.

  25. Merry Christmas, 3D! Our little one saw this and said, “Mama, can I fit in a stocking like those guys?”

  26. Well we are Americans. I have to guess you are not talking about our accents, right? What do you see that makes us seem ‘like Americans’ , out of curiosity? What differences are there between what we do and you do up North? ..other than a child running around in shorts Christmas morning…Merry Christmas Di!

  27. Thanks for sharing your amazing Christmas! You guys sound soooooo American! 😉

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