I love that her hair is waving behind her as she sprints into the room-- her excitement was so much fun to watch.
When she did enter the room, she pretty much froze for a second as she took it all in. It was easy to tell that she was surprised and amazed at what had happened since she went to sleep the night before!
Jack and Ben were excited, too, and of course, brought their blue blankets with them.
One of their favorite gifts was this slide/climbing apparatus. Mairead said, "Look! It's a playground in the purple house!"
After some time on the slide, Jack and Ben settled in with some new books.
Soon, the Crowders arrived with Lily. This was her second Christmas, though she was only five days old for her first one, so this one was much more fun!
She looked and felt like an adorable, soft stuffed animal in this cute coat from Jimmy and Jessica.
Jen and Mike gave the kids this cool device that plays songs and is a camera so the kids can dance along and see themselves on tv. They seemed a bit mystified by it, but I think it is going to be a hit.
Then, it was time for grown ups to open their gifts. Everyone was so thoughtful and so generous-- thanks, everyone!
This is a custom made Hannaford shirt. It's a running joke in our house that Dave is their best customer. He does all of our grocery shopping and he is there literally 5-7 times a week!
Seriously. How cute is this kid with the cheeks?
And this kid isn't too bad herself. She is getting so grown up looking- we just think she is beautiful.
This picture was taken just before the boys headed to bed.... all three of us were pretty exhausted by that point!
This might be Mairead's favorite gift. It is a little tent shaped like a turtle that was opened after 8pm and was put together only at Mairead's insistence. She LOVES it and will spend over an hour playing in there. She has collected some blocks, a few cars, some little farm animals, and her brothers' pillow pets to stock the place. She couldn't be happier in there!
After the kids went to bed, things may have gotten a little silly... this picture represents a very long story involving some funny looking hats and probably too much egg nog.