It's been fun to watch them play with all their new toys. A big hit was the HUGE palydough kit. Hours and hours of fun!
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Sometimes I feel like I'm not really in the moment when I'm taking so many pictures. So I didn't take any until after all the presents were open, so I could really enjoy the time with my little family.
We heard a little pitter patter around 7:30. It was so fun to lay in bed with Dave and hear Aubree's discovery of Santa's arrival. The tree with presents, and the stockings are in different rooms, and I kept hearing little feet running between them :) We let her have her moment, and then got Soph and went down to join her. It was such a fun morning.
Sophie loved all her presents.
I was SO PROUD of Aubree. After our incident Christmas Eve with her one present, I was really nervous for this morning. We have always had hard Christmases, and birthdays with her Low Emotional Threshold. We did have a long talk the night before about appropriate reactions, and how we can help her, etc...and she did AWESOME. She figured out that she was okay as long as no one was watching her open the presents. As soon as she discovered what it was, she invited us to look too. :) We didn't have ANY eruptions, and she actually wanted MORE presents, which has never happened. It was amazing. Small victories :)
She was super excited to find flarp at the bottom of her stocking.
After presents, we got ready and went to Sacrement. I was proud again when they didn't put up a fight to go to church on Christmas! They did bring as many toys as they could hold, but they were great the whole time :) Then we went up to Grandma's and did it all again :) We spent the day there. And this is where my favorite memory happened. We got Dave's Dad, 17 Miracles, for part of his present. We had never seen it, and during nap time he put it on. Aubree didn't have to take a nap (Sophie wanted too, or she could have skipped too) and so she ended up watching it with us. My favorite memory being this: comforting Aubree as she was just sobbing after watching the movie. It took about 30 minuets to console her. This is one thing I LOVE about her emotions. She feels the spirit stronger, and the emotion in movies. She was so concerned about us dying, and the characters in the movies. She felt their pain and loss. At first I was a little scared that it ruined her Christmas. She just wanted to be held, and go home. But after letting it ride it's course, and a little encouraging, she was up and playing again. It was a precious moment I got to share with her, and I am very thankful for it.
The rest of the day and evening was fun, normal, and restful. I got to talk to my family, wish them a Merry Christmas, and instead of being sad that they're far away, be grateful that I have them. It was a FABULOUS CHRISTMAS!!!!
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Christmas Eve turned out to be a really fun night. We have a couple of traditions we do and it set the tone perfectly for Christmas. First was their present after naps. I had Dave give them a bath so they were nice and clean. I purposefully didn't dress them. They each got their box and went to town...
Aubree has a challenge that we have to work with. She has Low Emotional Threshold. Which basically means that she is SUPER sensitive to emotions. She feels it A LOT stronger than kids her age. She doesn't know how to handle it most of the time, and she ends up "exploding" from what she's feeling inside. This happens with good and bad emotions. And one of her challenges is opening presents. (funny to us who don't have it, but it really is a hard thing for her) The surprise is too much for her little body to take sometimes. This was one of those times. She opened the ornament just fine, Belle, but as soon as she opened her other one she couldn't take it.
a little pee wee pet hornet, and new pajama's. Do you think she liked it?
and let the girls sprinkle it over the lawn.
and found the perfect place to put them.
After that, we read the Christmas story in Luke, and bore our testimonies to the kids.
They were really excited but went to bed on time, and were placated a little with their new pajamas and pillow pets. It was a fun filled, emotional, great night.
I forgot to blog about a neighborhood party we went to earlier this month. It was really fun, and a fun story came from it. We had a white elephant gift exchange at the end of the party. The one Dave got was this picture that our friend Jordan took of himself, framed, and signed. We were all laughing SO hard. Then I realized that Aubree loves him, and it would be fun to see her reaction to it, so I made sure we went home with it! Sure enough Aubree just LOVED it. At first it went everywhere with her, on the couch to watch a movie, at the dinner table, the counter for snacks and activities, etc... then the other day she got excited and told us she found a home for "bullseye" (as she calls him). She took me up to her room, and this is what I saw.
Funny, funny girl.
And I had to take pictures of them opening their present from my Mom and Dad (early)
Friday, December 23, 2011
Tonight, was a trip to the Mall to meet Santa. Aubree was very impressed that the "for reals" Santa would be at our mall. Unfortunately everyone else had the same idea, and we waited in line for an hour and a half!!!!! But they actually did AWESOME.
Today we went to see the Elve's at Gardner Village. We originally planned to go with the Lasko's and Millers. But the day of our original plans, Aubree and I were up all night throwing up! So it worked out that we went alone. Our girls didn't even know the difference, and we had a blast. I downloaded the form on-line, and we were ready.
It was a success!