The kids slept in until well after 8:00 AM. Marc & I were up before them & waiting. When they got up, however, they were ready to open gifts. And, to be honest, I was ready to give our gifts to them.
I made the comment to Marc that it's been very obvious that Kate is a 2nd child. She opens gifts so much easier than Luke did at age 2 since she has an older sibling to imitate.
We gave Kate a cute little pink "IKEA" table. Kate really wanted (and still does want) her big brother to sit with her.
We gave both kiddos WSU "Shocker" shirts. I may be biased about these kids as well as the university, but I think this pic is CUTE!
We gave Luke a desk. The desk had to be assembled; therefore, Luke & Marc spent time doing just that!
The goal is that this desk will last Luke through high school! In the meantime, Luke has started his "work" at his new desk -- which entails counting money and reading books (today, Luke was caught reading at his desk -- reading his Bible about Moses & Noah)....Marc's parents, the day after Christmas, gave Luke a chair to go with his new desk!
Kate spent a good part of her day playing with the new "Melissa and Doug" toy my parents gave her, and Luke played with his "money machine" (aka coin sorter) that his Uncle Joel and Aunt Amber (and cousins) gave him.
Luke gave his sister a new baby doll. This baby makes crying sounds when squeezed. Kate's an awesome little Mama and comforts the crying baby when she cries. Awesome.
Luke promised his sister he would have a tea party with her, and he stuck to his promise. It was pretty cute even though, to keep it real, crying always ensues...sigh...The crying ensues over Luke taking part of Kate's tea party set away from her. I can't figure out if this action is a result of jealousy or of just being a mean big brother (which, fortunately, 95% of the time, Luke is not mean to her)....
This Christmas of 2014 is one I hope I remember. By "worldly" standards, it was absolutely nothing special. But, by my "Sarah Friesen" standards, it was simply awesome to celebrate Christ's birth, at home, as our Little Friesen Family of 4. Simple. Simple just like Christ's birth.
The next day, we were once again home, but Marc's parents came over in the evening. It was a nice, simple evening. Marc's parents gave Kate a cute little rocking chair. Unfortunately, Kate did not want her pic taken in the rocking chair. SO, in this next pic, you must simply use your imagination that you can actually tell Kate is in her new rocking chair -- Ha! (If you're curious, Marc's dad is in the background)!
Also from Marc's parents, Luke received a train set. Oh. my. word. Luke has spent quite a lot of time since Friday evening with this train set.
And, just for fun -- here's a pic of Luke with his new watch Marc & I gave him. He asked me to take a pic of him with the watch :)
Lastly, one of Marc's & Luke's "projects" has been for Luke to learn how to tie his shoes. Luke can now tie his own shoes, BUT it takes him a bit. SO, the task needs to be perfected, but the project has been completed! It's exciting to me as his Mama to see his accomplishment. And, Marc's parenting has a lot more patience than mine. So, it worked out that Marc has been home to teach him (Marc's off work for this entire break)!