Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas Unwrapped

After all the anticipation, Christmas is now over for another year.  We had a great day - I hope you all did too.

The kids woke us up at 6:30am which wasn't too uncivilised  - except that I had been up until nearly 1am wrapping presents.

The girls had a great time opening their gifts.  Their favourite presents this year were the fur-real chicks...





I hope they are fairly sturdy as they are in danger of being loved to death, having been carried around every minute since yesterday morning.

Ashlea was able to get into the whole Christmas present thing a lot more this year.  I even heard her say "I got a present" which was very cute.  Pretty much everything she got was "In the Night Garden".  I think we must own their entire toy range by now.



The surprise hit present of the day was this laughing lion that Carolin bought for Ashlea  We weren't sure if she would love it or hate it as she often hates toys that make noise.  The lion  has a motion sensor and whenever it senses movement it rolls around on the floor laughing hysterically - and surprisingly it was a huge hit with Ashlea.  She chased it around, laughing with it, for ages.  At one point she even had it pinned down at the neck, laughing hysterically as it tried to roll away from her.  Hmm...possibly a good idea we didn't get that kitten I was considering for Murray's birthday...



The most fun came at the end of the day when everyone had gone home, and it was just us and a huge pile of wrapping paper.



All in all it was a great day.  Today was more relaxing.  I love Boxing Day - we usually just hang out at home, eat leftovers and play with our new toys (or gadgets in the case of the big people).  The silence was only interrupted by one almighty tantrum from Ashlea. As we were putting the kids in the bath Ashlea started fussing.  I thought it might have been from all the noise so we ignored it for awhile.  The fussing soon became wailing.  And howling.  Murray was bathing the girls and starting to get frustrated so I went down to see what was going on.

I marched into the bathroom ready to tell Ashlea to 'just stop it' - because we all know how effective that is at getting a child to stop having a tantrum.  After demanding of her "What's wrong?" this was the reply I got...

(amid much wailing of course)

                   'Ding dar' (translation: Singstar)
                   'Aunty Calola' (Aunty Carolin)

She wanted to play Singstar with Aunty Carolin. 

SO cute! A real, bona fide tantrum!  You know your life is slightly different to everyone else's when you see a tantrum as being a major milestone rather than a pain in the neck.  After the bath Ashlea did indeed get to play Singstar with Carolin - although she doesn't appear to be as much of a fan of Queen as she is of Abba. And just to reassure you, at no time did any of the (completely sober) adults ignore the children's cries of protests and continue singing "We are the champions" at the top of their lungs.  Nope.  Not in this house...






4 comments:

Sarah said...

Sounds like you had a great day!

Love that Ashlea's tantrum was cos she wanted to play Singstar with her Aunty.

Lacey said...

Glad you had a great day. Those little animals are to cute!

ferfischer said...

Toooo cute! This "in the night garden" thing is very curious. I had to look it up, and now I'll have to watch it online and hope my kids don't get addicted - we don't get it here! :)

Anna said...

Glad you had a wonderful christmas! Love the tantruming!! xx