Christmas Day 2010

by Cate on December 27, 2010

Our Christmas Day tradition has always been that we open presents here in our house first, and then go down to my parents’ house for breakfast, and then open presents there. The kids managed to stay in bed until 8 am on Christmas morning. I am thankful for small favors as this Mama was up until about 1 am, putting last minute touches on homemade gifts, wrapping presents and playing Santa and the Tooth Fairy.

Madeline's Favorite PresentI asked Madeline what her favorite present from me or Santa was, and this Panda Pillow Pet took top honors. The child needs an intervention when it comes to Pillow Pets. I am hoping (praying!) that the company stops making them, because I think she has them all.

Nick's Favorite PresentThis was Nick’s favorite present. He likes Beyblades, and I found this on a whim during Black Friday shopping with friends. Whims apparently pay off.

Ready Set GoThe scene at my parents’ house before the kids were let loose. My brother-in-law took pictures from the other side, to capture the kids’ “reaction shots,” but I haven’t seen them yet.

Assistance from the TroopsTradition is always that the youngest in the family is in charge of distributing the Christmas presents. My (younger) sister was mighty glad when she was able to give up her post as Chief Giver Outer, and now with a collective four kids between us, the torch has definitely been passed. It worked out perfectly. Nick reads the labels and the oldest girls handled distribution.



Sadie's Favorite PresentI think it’s safe to say that this is one of Sadie’s favorite presents. It might not be my sister’s after a week of hearing Elmo sing the Chicken Dance.

Nick's Favorite Present from Grandpa and GrandmaNick’s favorite present from Grandma and Grandpa.



Madeline's Favorite Present from Grandma and GrandpaThe girls all got these chairs that turn into sofas from their grandparents. I tried to explain that I didn’t think Madeline needed one, but clearly I had no idea what I was talking about because they were a big hit all around.

Nap Time


Girl Talk

Sophie and the Tree

Mail DeliveryMy brother-in-law dozed off for a few minutes on the couch, and while he did, the girls kept “delivering mail” to his legs, tiptoeing as quietly as kids can at that age, scurrying away in fits of giggles.

Nick and Sadie ColoringSadie is quite taken with Nick and was all but velcro’d to him for much of the day.

Photo AlbumThere were strict budgets this year, so I went the sentimental route. For my sister, I put together a photo album featuring some of the very best pictures she and I have taken of Sophie and Sadie during the year. We all take a ton of pictures, but finding the time to actually put them in an album is another story.

Just COuldn't Make ItPoor Sadie tried her darnedest to make it through dinner. But couldn’t.

Hide and SeekSophie. Hiding. In a game of Hide and Seek. The concept of hiding is still in development.

Christmas Dessert

Tomorrow, my turn. For my favorite present. The kind you can’t buy A very non-material one that is utterly priceless.

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FireMom December 27, 2010 at 9:34 pm

OMG, cute cupcakes. And lovely photos!


Joanne December 28, 2010 at 7:25 am

Sounds like oodles of fun at the O’Malley house! It’s always so funny which presents kids like best…usually the ones you wouldn’t expect!


Ramona December 28, 2010 at 12:15 pm

Looks like a fantastic XMAS for ya’ll.


Patsy December 28, 2010 at 12:58 pm

Looks like it was a wonderful day full of family and fun!


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