I woke Ethan up when I put his stocking in his bed at midnight. Through out the night we could here him kicking it, not knowing what it was saying over and over, "Uh-oh!" When he woke up in the morning, he opened his stocking in bed and then we called him out to the tree and he saw the train track Dave set up for him the night before. I loved his reaction, "Wow!"
We then went to Josh and Becca's for morning brunch. Ethan had a yummy egg-free breakfast while the rest of us ate maybe a little too much bacon... ok, maybe that was just me...
I was so excited to share with Becca my gift to my in-laws. We ordered them a Shutterfly photo album and it was a total secret. I have been planning this since October and it was one of the reasons I couldn't sleep the night before! I was so excited to give it to them.
We then opened presents and I love Ethan's reaction to his new Thomas the Train shoes that Josh picked up for him. They are perfect! Plus they light up! Ethan was dancing yesterday to watch them light up.
I made "his" and "hers" magazine racks for Becca and Josh. Then filled them with a few goodies.
Becca made me a Black Apple Doll and is insisting I paint the face. I told her no since she made this one, but she is complaining that I do. What do you think? Becca also gave me a basket filled with goodies and a box filled with fabric to make my own! She pre-cut some faces for me to get me started! I am so excited! She also loaned me her sewing machine and I have been at the doll thing for the last three days since my Internet has been out.
Ethan also got a Thomas the Train movie from Becca and Josh! Look how cute he is watching it!
We then left and headed over to Dave's Mom and Dad's house. The whole family was there (minus Jess and Nick's two little kiddos) and we ate dinner first before opening the gifts.
I would have to say that Ethan did pretty good for not having a nap in the afternoon!
I loved watching everyone open their handmade gifts! It was so great to see reactions. It made all the hard work so worth it!
I think Jeremy liked his cozy... I know that the packaging gave everyone a laugh though. It was so funny!
Dad hung Ethan's ornament that he painted up on the tree. Everyone was happy to get theirs. We are going to make that a new tradition.
Lisa loved her hat that I accessorized! I love this picture of her. It really is cute!
Dave did such a great job taking pictures. This one is a favorite of Jess and Nick. Jess is looking at her little scrapbook tin that I filled with supplies. She is looking at our One Bright Spot tags that I gave her.
I also love this one of Tammy looking at her goodie bucket too. She is looking at the postcard Becca designed. She really liked it!
Ethan got this present from Lisa. He calls them his "Bob" cars and while he plays with them he yells, "Yes I can!" You have to have a toddler boy to understand that! ;)
One of the best presents was this frame from Lisa. Dave's niece, Brittney, won a local contest with this Haiku poem and Lisa framed it. It was very thoughtful and creative!
Ethan had the biggest present of all! When Jeremy was a baby, Dad bought him his first Tonka truck. Well, Jeremy gave Ethan all of his Tonka trucks! It was a special gift and surprise!
No one knew that I hid the book for Mom and Dad behind Ethan's big present. I knew they would be giving that to him last! So we sat Mom and Dad together to open it. The reaction was priceless! Mom and Dad only have one wedding picture and in October I borrowed a lot of photos, many in boxes that they haven't ever looked at. Most of them were from Grandma's home and was just packed away when she passed on about five years ago. I also borrowed that wedding photo.
So, when Dad saw the front cover with their wedding photo on it he swore out loud! He couldn't believe it! I knew it would be such an awesome thing for them and watching them turn the pages and see family photos that maybe they hadn't seen before was so awesome! I can't even put it into words.
I told Mom to read the inside dedication and she couldn't... both Mom and Dad were emotional. So, John read it. I love this picture. Dave captured the moment perfectly. Mom was so touched and moved. I will treasure this moment forever. It makes all the work that it took to put it together melt away... if I had to do it again, I would.
Every family member had a page and thanks to Jess and Tammy, I was able to use some of their pictures for the book. Even though they had no idea what for! I love this picture of Bill and Brittney looking at their pages.
The day ended with us coming home and opening the few presents we had for Lil' E under the tree. Here is a special State Farms truck that Paul ordered for Ethan. It was so thoughtful of him to think of us. We told Ethan that it is a special truck and he can only play with it with Mom or Dad. Now, Ethan asks, "Special truck?" when he wants it.