Before I went to bed on Christmas Eve, I thought "Did I go overboard? Did I do too much?". And almost instantly I answered my own question - no. For these are precious years and precious times. To create magic and fun for my children - and to create moments that turn into cherished memories - there is no regret in that. I love being a mother, I love making life special and whimsical for my children. I love finding ways to surprise them and bring them joy. So no, I didn't go overboard, I just did what I love to do.
Elsa's face in the next photo just says, "Is it time? Can we start?"
And then the wild rumpus began.
A few hours later our home was littered with boxes, paper, toys, books, clothes, and on and on and on...
A look at some Christmas morning gifts:
Elsa, wearing new clothes - including superman socks with capes and new red boots (which was on her list for Santa) - and holding her new doll.
Alexandra, wearing new clothes and holding a chandelier for her bedroom (which came with bulbs that flicker like flames!).
Lorelai, who was wearing a new outfit but promptly changed back into her comfy clothes, sewing an owl pouch for her phone.
Elisabeth, snuggling a new panda from her Uncle Michael. She has since come down with the flu :(
A four foot sparkly-light-up Eiffel Tower, because if not at the Sorenson home, where? And another look at those red boots - boy oh boy, did Santa knock it out of the ballpark with that one!
My girls know what I love - books! Alexandra gave me Anne of Green Gables, Lorelai gave me A Little Princess, Elsa gave me Swiss Family Robinson, and Elisabeth gave me Les Miserables - which is 908 pages of the teeniest tiniest print I have ever seen. It is going to take me forever to read it - but I don't care, I am excited!!
A jewelry box fit for an Ethiopian Queen.
And Lorelai's new Furby:
I am so excited about those maracas for Elisabeth! You see, Elisabeth is hard to shop for because there is little that she needs and nothing that she wants. Plus, lately I haven't even been able to let her play with toys because she hits herself in the head with them - hard. But look at those maracas!! They are designed with a soft, squishy top! So I can put one in her hand and it won't matter if she chooses to smash it against her cute little noggin!
Also pictured above, a Frozen karaoke machine. Now I must ask you, was that not made for Elsa?? It has been a huge hit around this house! And I may have done a rendition of Let It Go...and Lorelai threatened to Instagram it. Ha!
I was thrilled to give this book to Donald. You see, two of Donald's greatest interest are Disney and WWII, and this book combines them both!
Coming tomorrow: What Santa brought for The Sorenson Pets!!