Tuesday, December 25, 2007

The Post-Christmas Post

We had a good Christmas. The short version: we all got way too much stuff (especially Sydney).

But before we do this Christmas let's revisit last Christmas briefly.

Last year Sydney got a Tickle Me Elmo. She never played with it much because it scared her. Sometimes she would play with it when it was turned off, but being stiff and mechanical didn't put it at the top of her toy list. But she did warm up to it as the year went by.

A little over a week ago she was playing with him and asked me to turn him on. She laughed and played with him and wasn't the least bit scared of him. Then she sat down in her Elmo chair, held him in her lap and sang him a lullaby.

Anne grabbed my phone to video it, but as soon as Sydney saw her with the phone she wanted to see the video.

This Christmas we spent Christmas Eve with friends. Sydney was upstairs in a play room playing with the boys. I snuck up, wanting to get a picture of her. She told me I had to go away. I told her I wanted to get a picture of her playing and then I would go back downstairs. So she promptly ran across the room and posed for me.

Sydney On Christmas Eve

And, yes, she wanted to see the picture after I took it.

We got home late and Sydney went to bed. Anne and I got things set up around the tree in the front room and then after Santa visited we took a picture.

Christmas Tree and Gifts

There's a lot of crap under (and around) that tree.

Sydney got up early on Christmas. We went downstairs. She was happy and excited as I carried her down the stairs, but we went and ate breakfast first.

After that we went out in the living room. I was waiting to record her with my phone as she came in. (The larger and unwrapped stuff was covered with blankets when we came down and we uncovered them while she was eating.) It was a nice little video as she came in and got excited looking at things as she walked across the room. Unfortunately, I failed to save it. (I didn't delete it. I just failed to hit the save button.)

Luckily Anne was following Sydney in with our regular video camera. And one of these days if I ever figure out how to get the video off the camcorder and onto the computer I'll be happy to post it.

Sorry about that.

Sydney had a lot of fun opening presents this year.

Sydney Opening Presents

She understood what was going on better, but still didn't want to wait her turn and we took turns opening presents. The first few she opened were small miscellaneous gifts by her stocking. After opening those she tore into her stocking.

Sydney's Stocking

One gift out of her stocking she particularly liked.

Sydney's Elmo Umbrella

We let her open the Elmo umbrella one time and then about every two minutes after that she wanted it opened again. We didn't and it got hidden put away in the closet at the earliest convenience.

Sydney had three "big" presents. One was a new tricycle from Grandma and Grandpa B.

She calls it a bike, so that's why I say that in the video. Anne saw it on Amazon and almost all the reviews said it was a great tricycle, except that the age range on it was too young. A lot of people said it was too big for their younger kid.

What? It's too big? That's perfect for our super-tall daughter!

With the handlebars fairly low and the seat all the way down it's just about perfect for Sydney. Now she just has to figure out how to pedal. And steer.

Sydney's New Tricycle

Sydney's second big gift was a kitchen set so she could play cooking. That was a gift from Mommy and Daddy.

Sydney's New Kitchen

It's amazing the price range that these things go through. This is the best one we found fairly inexpensively. (About $40.)

Luckily, Santa got Sydney some stuff that goes with the kitchen pretty well. She got a plastic shopping cart and a box of food. (You can see them in the tree picture behind the edge of the coffee table. When we were pricing those we found them for $15 and $10 respectively at Target. Luckily Santa saved us from having to buy them.)

Santa also got Sydney her third "big" present. It was a doll.

Sydney's New Doll

Yes, it's a doll that closes it's eyes when you lay it down. And, yes, Sydney is holding her eye open in the picture.

It came as you see it there with a change of clothes, a burp rag and a pillow. Santa also saw fit to supply two bottles for her. Sydney fell in love with her right away. When I asked the doll's name a little later she informed me that her name is, "Baby".

(Yes, I asked if Baby could dance. I also suggested that Sydney not put Baby in the corner. Just type "baby in the corner" into Google if you don't get that.)

Sydney also got some other dolls for Christmas. One of our friends gave her a plastic tub/bag pack of cloth dolls on Christmas Eve. It has a total of eight dolls in it. When we got home we let Sydney open it and take one doll out. Sydney held it tight on her way upstairs, making me carry Cookie, Teddy and Blanket.

The new doll got the place of honor right next to her in bed. Just even with the bottom edge of the pillow where she can snuggle it. That used to be Cookie's spot. Cookie got pushed up to the top of the bed, even with the pillow. And the doll's there again tonight. I'll try to get a picture of it for the next update.

All in all we got a lot of great presents. I would really be remiss if I didn't mention the awesome present Grandma and Grandpa B got me. It's a framed reproduction of the Ellis Island page from when my great grandfather came to the U.S. from Switzerland. He was my mother's grandfather and the man I was named after.

It was a very happy and merry Christmas here and I hope all of you had a happy and safe Christmas with all your friends and family.


Blogger oppiejoe said...

looks like you had a good Christmas Tah...

7:42 AM  
Blogger Marguerite said...

Great post! Thank you! Love the video of Sydney on the "bike".

Bet Sydney will be pedaling and steering very soon.

11:01 AM  
Blogger Marguerite said...

And special thanks to John for putting the "bike" together!

11:03 AM  
Blogger Nettie said...

Thanks for the update sweetie. I'm glad you guys had such a wonderful Christmas!

2:16 PM  
Blogger Mouse said...

I'm glad you all had a great Christmas. *hugs*

12:43 PM  
Anonymous beth said...

Havin fun making vids, huh? ;o)

I kid out of jealousy. I need a new Vid cam! It's on my list...

Say, what are some good pc games for Vista? I tried both BG and ID, and both have compatibility issues with Vista. I googled around for a patch, but nothing is seeming to help. I figured you'd know :)

3:00 PM  

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