Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas 2011

This year Vinny was certainly more aware of the spirit of Christmas, with all it's preparation and anticipation. He learned about Baby Jesus and the manger in preschool, he decorated the tree so that Santa would know to deliver presents to our house (or Boppo's house in this case), he baked cookies, and tried to cut down on his crying so Santa would keep him on the nice list.

James took charge of the traditional reading of Santa Mouse after Christmas Eve dinner at Tom and Weez's house. With just a few pages left to go, we were all startled by the jingle of bells and Ho Ho Ho from a rushed Santa.
We never did catch a glimpse of him, but he did leave a pile of presents for the kiddos!
Vinny only wanted two things for Christmas: Thomas and Cars. Well, upon opening his new Thomas Pillow Pet, he complained, "But I want Cars, too." Little did Vinny know that Santa wasn't done yet. Here he is wrestling with James. These two have a special bond.
Santa went a little overboard this year. Doesn't he know we have to get all this stuff back to California? Good thing we don't have to ship it this year. Hopefully it all fits in the back of the Edge!
Wow! I knew Anthony was a fan, but had no idea he had this kind of status! (a pair of male Uggs in case you were wondering)
Vinny opened presents all morning long, and took lots of breaks in between. He wanted to play with each one as soon as he opened it. He loves the Cars 2 Geotrax set Santa left for him.
And more Thomas trains!
Whoa! Just some of the aftermath...
This must have been the year of puzzles. "I want to beeld a tuzzle mom." "Let's beeld."
Loving the Patriots gear from his cousin Blaise!
Who brought you these presents Vinny? "Santaaaaaa!"
Christmas will never be the same without Mommo, but we all made it through the day. Even Bill. It was hard, but he did Joan proud with all the gifts he bought for everyone. I felt her presence, and I know she was smiling, knowing how happy Vinny is playing with all his new toys.

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