We drove home the day after Christmas so Trek could get back to work on the 27th. After driving for 5 hours straight, we unloaded the car & started to get things somewhat cleaned up.
Then we got to have Christmas #2. ha ha ha. We're only allowed to open presents from Trek's side of the family at his house just to make things even & fair for everyone else there which totally makes sense. So when we come home from their house, we get to open presents from my family & from my friend Nancy who spoils my family rotten every year.
First we opened our Nancy gifts. Nancy is my friend of 18 years. We met on a airplane when I was working for Disney & we became fast friends & exchanged email addresses. The rest is history. Having no family of her own, she's adopted my family as hers & we call her our Fairy Godmother. We love her dearly & are SO grateful for all she gives us every year. We are so blessed to have her in our life. Nancy always sends the kids new clothes, coats, & shoes for Christmas every year. She picks out the cutest things too. We love our Nancy gifts.
She REALLY spoils me every year. I get clothes, shoes, purses, make-up, kitchen stuff, & more. It's always a blast seeing what Nancy sends me.
But there is always an "open me last" gift from her, & it's always jewelry. Nancy studies gemstones (she has several Masters degrees in biology, chemistry, & nuclear physics. She's basically a scientific genius). Gemstones are a big hobby of hers. She's a huge collector & she has spent the last 18 years building my collection as well. I always get a special piece for my birthday & for Christmas each year. This year was my favorite piece yet.
She bought me a diamond & 10k gold Cinderella Coach pendant. It's gorgeous . . . so gorgeous that I couldn't even get a good picture of it. But it's beautiful. There are several diamonds around the coach, & one big diamond dangling in the center. I love it so much.
Trek usually gets clothes & a nutcracker from Nancy. She has built him a fun collection of nutcrackers over the years. He loves his collection.
After our Nancy Christmas, we opened the presents from my side of the family. . . my parents, my grandmother, & my brother's family.
|Mamoo bought the entire family the Wii game Mario Party 10. The kids LOVE it.|
|Baba got Lo a cute polka dot dress.|
|And Justin & Cari got Craiger Guess Who.|
|Craiger got a play doh set from Mimi.|
|Justin & Cari got Cadence a beautiful dress.|
|Mimi got Taya Harry Potter 3: The illustration edition|
|Baba got Bladen a tambourine for his drumset.|
|Mamoo got Trek & I an AWESOME world map that allows us to scratch off the places we've traveled together. It makes us want to travel even more together in the future.|
|Mimi got Lorien some curlers.|
|And Baba gave Craiger the Battleship game. (Can you tell Craiger is my game player?)|
|Cari & Justin know me VERY well. They gave me some Mickey Mouse pajamas & a beautiful dress that has hidden "Lock Shock & Barell" from Nightmare Before Christmas.|
|Justin & Cari got Canyon some new Infinity characters.|
|And Baba gave Cadence a polka dot dress.|
|Cari & Justin gave Taya Harry Potter Pictopia.|
|And Mimi, as a fellow Zelda lover, gave Bladen a Zelda wii game.|
|Cari & Justin gave Lorien a beautiful TARDIS blue dress.|
|And Mimi gave Craiger her favorite game . . . Clue.|
|Baba supplied Canyon with a BOX full of playdoh.|
|And Mimi gave Cadence a cool new curling iron to try.|
|Baba gave Taya an adorable new dress. (My girls needed dresses SO badly & now they've got tons of new ones. Hooray!)|
|As we were unwrapping presents, Canyon couldn't help but stare at Mario Party 10. I think that was his favorite present this year.|
|Cari & Justin gave Bladen an awesome Periodic Table of Elements book. He is SO into Chemistry right now. He will love this.|
|And Mimi gave Trek a "man bag"|
|My dad picked out a lovely dress for me. I love it.|
|And my dad got Trek a docking station for his phone, ipad, & watch.|
|My mom, & fellow cross stitch lover, bought me an amazing new cross stitch pattern to do. I'm excited to do this.|
I didn't get pictures of our DADDY GIFTS this year for some reason. But every year my dad gets Trek & I something extra special. This year he got Trek a "Disney Circle" device that controls the wireless in the house (so we can turn the girls' internet on & off on their phones). And he totally shocked me with a serger. I totally got spoiled.
And look at the dresses my dad picked out for me & my girls. He does such a great job when it comes to gifts. I love him so much.
It was a wonderful Christmas. Perfect in every way.