I have no photos from when we got home from Nanny's house because I turned the camera straight onto video mode.
I got some priceless video footage from the minute we walked in the door. Gracie swore she saw candy canes on the tree from outside, and we know that's a telltale sign that Santa had already been there!
The kids were so excited. It was about 2 am at this point. Hanna had fallen asleep at Nanny's but was now wide awake with the thought of Santa being at our house.
Everyone else managed to stay awake, and they were wide eyed and ready in the entrance way, until I gave them the OK to go have a look together.
They saw the dollhouse first, as it stood taller than the kitchen island, so they went straight for that first.
Setup in the dollhouse was an abundance of little critters. Raccoons (actually red pandas, but close enough), hedge hogs, and puppy families. They came with a car and all of the tiny little accessories that hopefully will last longer than a few weeks before they end up in the vacuum.
On the other side of the tree was a beautiful horse that must've been for Gracie because it looked like it would fit her Journey dolls perfectly. There was also several craft kits, a popple, and a tea set, which Santa failed to make obvious who they were for, so naturally the girls assumed they were to share.
It took no time for Ben to find his "shooter" and air pups. He was over the moon when he saw how many bullets his "shooter" came with, but quickly annoyed when he couldn't pull back the hammer without help. He was so tired. He gave up on his gun and went for his new air pups.
I wanted to give Matt his present at this point too. Tim and Yuli came home with us so that they could bring his present along. I had it hidden at their house for about a month so Matt had no idea. It was his dream guitar he's been drooling over for a while. His music idol designed it, and he had to have it. He was very surprised, and it was well worth it.
Next he gave me my gift. A full frame camera and new lens! What?!
At this point all I could think was "holy crap, we both really overspent."
Good thing Santa buys the kid's gifts.
We didn't let the kids stay up too much longer after this point because it was already so late, and we had a busy day ahead of us.
And that wraps up Christmas Eve!