Friday, December 27, 2013

Christmas Eve 2013

It was a very Merry Christmas Eve at the Medling house!  Brandon and I informed Anniston the night before that there would be a present from Mommy and Daddy downstairs when she woke up in the morning.  We laid around in the bed, watching cartoons until we all were fully awake.  Then we all came downstairs to this:

Anniston was so in shock I don't think she knew what to do.  She kind of just looked at it strangely until she realized what it was.  I think she was overwhelmed at first and a little bit skeptical because it does make a low humming noise when the fan is on and it's blown up.  So I had to get in there and bounce around like an idiot while she watched from the den windows to show her how much fun it was going to be. 

That's all it took and she was off- jumping around, bouncing, and acting like a kid gone crazy.  She LOVED it!  And I'm so happy she loved it.  Brandon was so excited to give her this present.  I think he was just as excited as Anniston was. 

Our friends have one of these, and every time we go over for a play date, they blow it up outside and let the kids go crazy.  It's awesome.  They even blow theirs up in the garage on rainy days.  We had been thinking about getting one for Anniston for a couple of months, but we didn't want to spend a lot of money.  We thought it would be a great way for her to be active and it would be so much fun when we had other kids come over to play.  It's a bonus that it fits in our sunroom and garage too for when it's rainy, cold, or too hot outside.  We found this at Bargain Hunt here in Memphis for about $150- which is a HUGE price difference compared to what they go for at retail.  We were sold.  It blows up and deflates in about 5 minutes- and is so easy to do.  It folds up neatly in a duffle bag so we can get it out and store it away easily.  I'm so happy she loves it!  We jumped in it all day:)

Other than that, Anniston and I ran a few errands that morning- Target, UPS, and Fresh Market.  We went super early to avoid the crowds.  Afterwards, we came home to bake cookies for Santa.  She kept asking "I eat some too, Mommy?"  Well, obviously!  That's the best part, I told her.  Santa loves to share!

After a good long nap (thanks to the bouncy house!) we headed over to Mimi's for our Christmas with Brandon's family.

Annie loves her cousins and always wants to do everything they do.  They are so sweet to her too and always include her.  They spent some time coloring and drawing pictures while we waited on the food to be ready.

After dinner, it was present time!  Anniston loved opening up her presents now that she understands that there is a gift inside for her!  She got so many fun things and had a blast playing with it all.  Mimi got her a new raincoat and rain boots and of course, Anniston had to try it all on. 

Then we told her that it was almost time to go, so she packed up all her loot in an oversized Christmas bag and toted it around all over the house.

Here is what all she got:

Once we got home that evening, Brandon and I gave her one more present.  Inside was a set of new Christmas pjs and some Dora slippers.  Then we set out our cookies for Santa.

Last year, Brandon read The Night Before Christmas to her before bed on Christmas Eve.  He did the same thing this year.  Look how much she has grown!


Brandon and I had so much fun setting out all her toys from Santa after she went to bed.  I think she is pretty set on toys for the year!  I couldn't help myself- it was so much fun to buy for her this year. 


I think her and Brandon are going to have a lot of fun with that soccer goal.  Can you spot the highly requested lion and elephant:)

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