"Oh my goodness!"
That's what Jeremy said when he saw what Santa left for him on Christmas morning. Ah, I can't even express how words like this are the true Christmas gifts for our family this year.
Christmas Eve, we went to see Santa. I completely forgot and therefore we had to see the overpriced mall Santa ($22.99 MINIMUM order!), but luckily he was really great and Jeremy loved him. I could see him shaking a little bit, but he knew exactly what he needed to do, and you better believe he was not going to leave without telling the big man what toys he wanted. He asked Santa for "Lady, Emily, and a Thomas table". (Possibly a certain mommy has been placing emphasis on certain items when he reads his Thomas catalog - yes, he reads a catalog, he thinks it is a real book.) This is the photo Brian took behind the mall photographer.Jeremy had fun cooking on Christmas Eve for our family feast. He helped me make cookies for Santa and added the tomato paste to the Boldreghini gravy (meat sauce to go on homemade ravioli - recipe from my great grandmother), which prompted him to believe he made the gravy that I had spent 7 hours on. Good thing I like him so much.After mass, Joel came over for dinner, and after I put Jeremy to bed in his new Thomas jammies, Joel stuck around to help Brian put together the Thomas table. Santa's helpers are so cute!Here was our Christmas spread. I think maybe a certain little boy is horribly spoiled, but this is his last Christmas as an only child, so we felt justified. For the record, only the table is new. All the stuff on it he already owned, we just newly arranged it for him.And here he is Christmas morning. There was no jumping up and down or screaming with joy, just open-mouthed awe. I think the most telling part is the moment poor Mr. Moo hits the floor. It was about 30 minutes before Moo was remembered and lovingly introduced to the new toys.
Here we are exploring new gifts and opening presents. The cat is from Cheri and looks a lot like her cat, Aurora. Upon opening it, Jeremy screeched, "Aurora the cat!" and started hugging and kissing it. The only other gift to get such a reception was Emily, the engine Dani sent. Otherwise, he just said "clothes" or "books" in a disappointed voice and moved on. Growing up so fast...After lunch, we headed to Nashville to visit with the Hoppers and Jeremy had fun seeing his cousin, Philip! We had a slight meltdown when Jeremy did not want to share, but other than that, he was wonderful.We had an extremely white Christmas, particularly in Nashville, and Jeremy had a blast hanging out with "Unca Dave" in the snow.This post is way too long, but I just have to say that we have the best family and friends. I told my mom in passing that our circa-1999 TV has been having some problems and tada we get a brand new LCD HDTV from the Carr family. What?! Pop and Nona are also the amazing ones who provided the piece de resistance: the Thomas table! I told my mother in law how I love her quilts and always wanted a UT quilt made from my MANY t-shirts from school/work and tada, the largest and most impressive scrapbook I have ever seen. I almost cried. And check out the ornaments one of the grad students I work with made. Katie, you officially gave Baby Trains his/her first gift!We so love the people in our lives, and we hope every one of you had an amazing Christmas!!
And look! Baby Jesus finally made it into the manger!