And, of course, can’t forget the presents

I did my after-Christmas posts the last two days. I talked about food and family. But really, can you really take the present part out of the Holidays at our house? My son is four.  This was the first year that he was ALL ABOUT SANTA.  He even tried to put out cookies and milk two weeks before Christmas. But when it came down to it, he was asleep at 5pm, on Christmas Eve. Yes, he feel asleep on Christmas Eve and did not wake up until 6:30am on Christmas morning.

He came shrieking down the hall, and opened up his presents with such glee and excitement. The Angry Household is all about Legos and Star Wars this year. But I bought the Lego Duplos. Yes, he’s 4, and almost half way to 5, but I’m tired of stepping on regular Legos. But really, I think normal Legos are too advanced for him, and the parts are too small.  It started on his birthday.

He got at least five Lego sets. These were from his preschool friends. Really, do you buy your kid a Lego set that states “For Ages 9-13″? Well these parents did. So we had teeny tiny parts everywhere. Angry Husband would put together the set, and about ten minutes later, it would be broken. Way too much disappointment going on here. So one day, I saw Angry Toddler building complicated structures at school with Duplos.  That confirmed it for me. They were not too babyish. And he didn’t think so either. He loved the castle and dinosaur sets that he received from Santa.

Peeking in the stocking

Did your house look like this after unwrapping everything? Well mine did. Angry Toddler ripped right through all his presents. Angry Husband not opened anything yet, and our living room looked like a storm had hit it. We made Angry Toddler fetch a trash bag from the kitchen. Ok, well maybe I’m still scared about the mouse situation in there. But he came back with a fresh bag, and helped clean up all the wrapping.

Christmas Morning Chaos

We’ve been dealing with a broken toy since Christmas toy, hello Hasbro’s Star Wars Republic AT-TE Tank Vehicle. One of the legs was broken upon removal from the box. Now more legs have started breaking.  This is a $100+ toy. There’s no way we can return it. Angry Toddler is addicted. I’m hoping to get some resolution with this after the New Year.  Angry Toddler keeps asking me if we are “going to fix the broken legs”?

But a true classic toy was received from Angry Husband’s parents. They usually mail us a UPS box of gifts. Angry Husband and I received a restaurant gift certificate and Angry Toddler received this Amaz-N-Marbles toy.  He loves building all kinds of levels and moving the marbles through the wood blocks. What a classic toy.  He has a plastic version that he plays with at school all the time.

Marble Maze

I still need to put all the toys away. They are everywhere. I’m lazy like that. I’ve taken the tree down. The decorations are gone.  I still have the cards up, because I’m enjoying all the great moments captured on those cards.  I love to see how the families change every year, the kids are growing up.  Angry Husband scored with some new techie gifts.  I scored with a plane ticket to Blissdom, and some other great things.  But next year, I swear I’m going to shop earlier. I can’t stand this last minute running around.

5 comments
Mikalisa
Mikalisa

These pics r unforgettable! Kids always make the holidays extra special! Angry Toddler sure did rake it in!

Carolynn Santaniello
Carolynn Santaniello

Court, I was admiring that couch also. My little dude wanted some of those duplo sets as well, but we went the matchbox racetrack route instead, and, because he has a big sis he HAD to have a DS. You have an excellent point that the easier sets allow them to be more creative.

Brandy
Brandy

I remember the years we had so many gifts that it took me weeks to get back to organized in the house. But this year I think the kids had many 3-4 each and hubs & I didn't buy for each other so it was a quick one day clean up! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year if we don't chat by then but I am sure we will tweet or run into each other at MomDot Forum!

court
court

Laughing because OF COURSE Bram got all things legos as well. Three different Star Wars lego sets and much more. And those things freaking hurt to step on. I am making him keep them in his bedroom, not the playroom. Tess keeps putting them in her mouth. Your pics look fantastic!!! And your couch? New? Gorgeous!!!!

Brandy
Brandy

Oh great gifts. I've been thinking of getting Owen some duplos but of course by the time I seen them they were all sold out. I've never seen the castle one. He wants the fire truck one lol.

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