The day started off at 5.04am when Jay came into our room, very excited! We told him to jump into bed with us to wait till Kobe at least woke up (usually around 5.30am), but after 5 minutes I couldn't make him wait any longer as he was just so excited. He ran out to the lounge room to see what Santa had brought him and was very happy. Kobe woke up as we predicted, so Jalen decided it was time Harri woke up as well, so we could all open up our presents.
Noah decided however that it was way to early to be up just yet, and after 5 minutes of being awake, snoozed in his recliner all morning!
Kobe was so cute - he just loved everyone opening all their presents and sat happy and quiet all morning.
On Christmas Eve we kept saying how this time last year we knew we would have a baby next Christmas, and it is just so hard to believe that Kobe is that baby we talked about and how we didn't imagine him to have such a personality and be doing so much by Christmas.
I had a couple of surprises under the tree for Aaron, and I had been hanging out for about a month for him to open them up, to see his reaction. I had booked him and Jalen plane tickets to go over to watch the first round of the AFL in Melbourne, at the MCG. He is so excited as he gets to watch Hawthorn V Geelong (the grandfinal replay!). There were definitely 'happy tears' (as Jay calls them!). I also booked for Aaron and I to take Harri and Jay to a game later in the year - this time to watch Hawthorn V Tigers - the second trip wasn't really planned until I saw they had seats for $25 each way, and I couldn't resist.
The big surprise for the boys was Guitar Hero World Tour. I'm not sure who was more excited - Aaron or Jay, but when the boys started to open it up Jay just kept yelling 'you have GOT to be kidding me!!!!'. It was so funny. Most of the morning was spent playing it.
Aaron's Dad and Step Mum, Carrol came around and Noah finally decided to wake up just after 10am. I wish I got to sleep in that long!! :)
We had saved all of Noah's presents for him to open up and it was so nice as he was so awake and alert, and really looking at them.
The BEST present we got was something that his teacher from school organised - his painting on a canvas, that he did totally independantly! On the back it says 'This masterpiece portrays a richer language than words. It evolved freely and independently. Each brushstroke is precious, with the final stroke simply stopping in a very interesting place'. It's definitely one for the wall!
I was so excited to get a dance mat game for the Wii. Talk about unco though!!
We then headed out to Mum and Dad's where we had a beautiful lunch of cold meat, and salads under the trees. It was the nicest weather we have had on Christmas day for years!
We all enjoyed laying out on the grass.
Jay is at such a great age. He is such a good boy (most of the time!) and lots of fun to be around. I don't think I actually saw him half the time at Mum and Dad's house.
Mum is the newest papparazzi in our family with a brand new camera! Now we can tease her about snapping away all the time.
After lunch Alex and Aaron put together a new trampoline that Mum and Dad had bought for the kids to use at their house.
They did a great job and it was all worth it to see the kids having a great time on it.
Before tea we opened up presents.
We do the Kris Kringle thing where each of the adults buys for another adult, and then with the kids we all put a certain amount of money in per child and then one person gets all the money for that child to spend on them. That way each child just gets one bigger present which is from everyone, rather than lots of little ones which makes it more work for everyone. It works out well for the kids as well, as it means they end up getting one really good present, instead of lots of little ones. We had to buy for Chloe and Lachie. Chloe was very excited to see her dolls house.
We had a hot tea of roast pork and turkey.
After tea we attempted to take some family photos. Steph bought me a remote for my camera! I attempted to use it to take family photos, but it just wasn't working - I probably had the camera set wrong. Steph did end up taking lots of photos with her remote though. They are classics as she just took them all randomly when we weren't ready. This one is with me trying to work out what is going on with my camera! Kobe and Lachlan both had, had it by now!
It was such a nice day - especially because of the weather, and also because Noah was the happiest and most settled he had been on Christmas day in years.