Friday, December 21, 2012

Smith Christmas 2012

We kicked of the celebrating with my family last Saturday.  Rob had a final that day for his class so no one was more ready, than him, to celebrate! (He did well, by the way.)  As usual, my parents had the giant spread of food ready for us to dig in.  We did do a little digging, but we also didn’t make the kids wait too long for their stockings and gifts.

By the way, Kerry took every single picture I have here.  It’s quite nice to have a photographer in the family.  Especially since I’m the exact opposite.  I think she caught so many candid moments and true expressions.  Here’s a few of my favorites:

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We opened from youngest to oldest so Riley was quick to open her biggest present and pulled out this giant horse.  GIANT!  As big as she is.  She loves this guy.  It didn’t take her long to name him Butterscotch and they are bosom companions.  Butterscotch has now been around for a week and he follows Riley around the whole house and threatens to go on most of our outings (with minimal success).

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Ellie’s two gifts went together and she opened the Taylor Swift CD first.  Honestly, I’m not sure she really even knew what a CD was.  I had to explain it to her.  Her second gift was a Hello Kitty CD Player/radio that will also connect to an MP3 player.  Once she figured it out, we had some tunes to go with our Christmas celebration.  And our mornings getting ready for school.  And bedtime.  And anytime in between.  I would also like to note that for about 48 hours it was hard to catch Ellie without a candy necklace on (in various stages of consumption).

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This picture just makes me laugh.  He got a Captain America shield.  It seriously is a brightly colored frisbee with a strap on the back.  You would have thought it was an autographed movie replica.  Austin also received some nerf-type cross-bows, a nerf water gun, and a smaller nerf gun.  The boys retreated to the guest bedroom for most of the day for who knows what kind of war games (and video games).  You can’t blame them when what was waiting for them back in the main room was a lot of this:

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Once all the wrapping paper was torn off, the parents were put to work opening packages and adjusting this and that.

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But, as the kids get older, we have less and less to do for them.  It’s nice.  We adults were able to play quite a few games without interruptions.  And we even involved the kids in a round of Christmas charades.

My parents really put together a great day for us as a family!  Which brings me to two of my favorite emotions captured by Kerry. (She’s sneaky.  Or, maybe it’s just that the room is chaos and you don’t notice the lady with the camera).

First, my dad:

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This is a very typical expression of his when he opens a gift.  He’s happy.  We know he’s happy.  You can see it in his smirk and the crinkle of his eyes.  He tries to act more excited since we always razz him about not being excited enough, but this is his natural reaction.

Then there is my mom:

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This is her natural reaction as well.  You would think she had just unwrapped a box full of keys to the various convertibles we all bought her (it has been on her list for years).  Instead, I think this present was a Chinese cookbook with a few Asian sauces and spices.

She more than  makes up for anything my dad might not have expressed.

All in all, it was a another great Christmas with the Smiths!

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p.s. – Can you believe we are all looking at the camera and almost all smiling?  Next year!

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