A few of the things the kids received:
Here is Emmett and his new cell. He still prefers ours, but this has been a good diversion.
Isabella and her doll (whom she named Rianna). I've loved the "American Girl" dolls since I was a girl. This is Tar.get's version. It's probably not as well made, but on sale for $20 or mail order for $110--what are you going to pick? ;o) She is thrilled. She also got a horse from G&G Cooley for the doll to ride. And I have my work cut out for me in doll clothes making--which should prove to be a fun venture. Marissa is now thinking perhaps she needs one too. ;o)
This is an art caddy Marissa received from us, along with crayon, oil pastels, markers, etc. We can never have enough things to draw with. She is excited to have the crayons sorted by color group making it easier to pick *just* the right shade.
"Connectagons"--Jackson received from my parents. Jackson has enjoyed making "spider webs" and "monsters." They have been fun for the whole family (even Emmett, although he mainly likes to throw them).
The rest of the day was pretty laid back. The girls and I went to visit my sister Lynsi and brand-new baby Drew at the hospital. We then had a delicious meal at Josh's parents' home. As the afternoon wore on, we wore out. ;o) After a light supper, the kids were in bed at --seven o'clock--and we didn't hear a peep! I attempted to clean up a bit, and we then had a quiet evening to ourselves as CHRISTMAS '08 came to a close.