Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Up on the Rooftop

Christmas was wonderful this year.  We spent Christmas Eve with my mom's side of the family.  We went to mass and then headed over to my Uncle Joe and his wife Stef's house.  Every family was responsible for bringing some kind of soup and a dip.  We always have wonderful food and this Christmas was no exception. 

Before opening presents, we have the brave youngsters sing a few carols.  My son was first this year.  He sang "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" and "Christmas Colors" which he learned from his preschool Christmas program.  He was too cute!  Unfortunately, I forgot my camera and didn't get a single picture.  I was so mad at myself.

Christmas morning I was awoken by my incredibly excited son.  My dad spared us all an hour or so by keeping Dylan preoccupied.  As eager as he was to open presents, he kept himself busy in the living room singing "Up On the Rooftop" over and over.  I wish I could have video recorded it but am very grateful for the extra sleep.  Once everyone woke up, we tore into the presents.  I could sit here and tell you all the things that went on but that's what pictures are for.  So, without further ado, here is Durning Christmas 2010.

                                       Mason waiting so patiently for his first present.


                                 My sister, Brandi, with her two favorite boys.                


My dad got the guys matching hats but little did he know, my mom got him the same one.


                                      Cinnamon rolls.  Yummy!


Helping Papa open his big present.  It was a snow blower and he was very very excited.


                        My mom hiding behind her beautiful gift from my dad.


My sister Sydney in the jacket we're all going to wear for New Years and sing Elvis's 'Blue Christmas.'


Hi Nate!  You are super cool. 



Between my dad opening a present to him, from him (you really need to know my dad to find this funny) and getting to see all of my family, it couldn't have been better. We were sad to leave but we still had two more gatherings to attend.  

When we got home, the boys opened their presents.  Mason's big gift was a Fushigi Ball.  It's some mystical gravity defying (stupid) ball.  It's for jugglers and circus clowns, in my opinion, but he has been pretty darn good this year and it was really cheap compared to Dylan's big gift.  And who in their right mind, can refuse to make that adorable little face happy.  Not me, that's who!


Dylan is a video game freakazoid.  He would spend every minute he possibly could playing video games.  It's one thing I never will understand.  Needless to say, most of his gifts were in that category.  He finally got his Nintendo DS Lite.  And like a freakazoid would, he like totally freaked out.


We made our final appearance that night at my boyfriend Ryan's parent's house. We ate delicious lasagna, opened presents and played card games. The boys both got a single pop-up tent and a sleeping bag, which they slept in that night.  I wish I could sleep in a tent with my sleeping bag on the floor under the Christmas tree.  But there were several other "adults" around so I decided to act my age.  Ha!   We were so glad to finally be home after only spending a total of 4 hours in our house in 3 days.  We slept like babies.

Hope everyone else had a wonderful Christmas.

nicole d

1 comments:

d_durning0623 December 30, 2010 at 9:40 PM  

Love, love, love your blog Nikki. It's so nice to see you doing this. Can't wait to read your next blog and to see your cool photography.
Love,
Mom

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