Monday, December 27, 2010

Christmas, the orderly disorder

There are many things I love about my husband. One of them is how serious he is about Christmas. If you were to tell me Santa is for real and you've seen him, I would argue that he lives at my house, and I am married to him. Anyway, I am perfectly content to sit back and let him run the show before and after Christmas because as my grandmother used to say when she was trying to get you to do something for her "you are just so GOOD at it!". But, he really is. Look at these happy faces!

So what I greatly admire about him, is he makes a valiant effort to establish order throughout the Christmas present opening frenzy. I even contributed by making sure the kids presents were color coded, one pattern for each kid. As OCD as this sounds, strangely, I loved the idea. These types of thing give me comfort when there is utter chaos everywhere else. Like when my entire house looks like a tornado hit, but my toenails are painted, somehow all seems right with the world. Ok, I digress. Anyway, we arranged each kids piles in separate corners of the room. My husband, the master of ceremonies, began the process.

This is before we put all the gifts in the room, but see how preeeetty? Ok, well, the kids are in another room while we took this picture, and really, what's Christmas without the chaos of children? Enter kiddos.
We had them take turns opening gifts. Really, everyone pretty much followed the plan.....
Nothing but robotic pets around here. The latest to The Queen's collection. Poor child, she will probably be a vet when she grows up. 
After a while though, The Little Guy couldn't stand the wait, and started tearing into it.
Angel Boy gets into it too, and starts tearing into it like his brother. He's a pretty fast learner.
The Little Guy tells on his baby brother, like any good big brother would.
This is my favorite pic of the day. "sup, mama!"
Angel Boy is now using his present to reach some of those ornaments on the tree he's been eying all week.
The Little Guy somehow got it into his head that if he would pose for a picture he could open another present, so he kept coming up to me and saying "CHEEEESE!!" whether I had a camera or not.
Sweet pic after The Eldest gave his sister his present to her.
Princess got a babydoll and Angel Boy got babydoll envy, at first he was subtle about it...

Now he's getting a little more aggressive...
He's not messin' around at this point, he WANTS that baby.
Lucky for him he's got a sweet sister who loves to make him happy.
Angel Boy Coup
Dragon in the box
a present from his big sister. Don't be fooled by that smile folks. He doesn't get knicknamed "el destructo" for nothin'. He is pretty cute though.
and finally, a tribute to "some assembly required", for the last 3 days this has been daddy's lot. I have a new found respect for his ability to understand instructions, follow them, and execute. I tried one time and got totally stumped on step 2.

Well, that's all folks! Hope your Christmas is as wonderfully chaotic as ours. I may not be able to get through my living room, but I wouldn't trade my life for anything. 


  1. Lovely! BTW, JI's smile there with Elmo looks more mischievous than innocent to me, but then I've got a boy with the same personality. ;)

  2. V-
    I can't get over how much JI and Nathan look like Chip! Isn't it wonderful to know that you were simply the vessel for Hammond DNA to flow through?

  3. Ha! I know Cari, you'd think after all that hard work, we might get some trace of evidence of our own genes?! But then that's God's sense of humor I guess. Lisa, Chip said the same thing.