Here's how our night began (and ended, and we also did this in-between activities too. All the little kids, ours included, kept trying - and succeeding some of the time -to sneak into the gym to play more during the rest of the festivities.):
This was even more fun than it looks! We were seriously playing all night, and when we finally left, Wes and I both agreed that we needed to get a group of friends together and do this for a fun date night! And boy oh boy the kids sure slept good after that!
After we played for awhile, we all got together and had yummy pizza, even yummier salad, and ice cream. My boys were in hog heaven with all the ice cream, toppings, and soda. They complained of tummy aches after we left, and they knew without us telling that it was because of all the"junk food". But I'm sure they thought is was worth it! I know I did when I was eating vanilla ice cream with raspberries. :) I thought the food was extremely smart.....who doesn't like pizza, salad, and ice cream? Yum!
After dinner, we headed into another room and had a special surprise visitor:
I'm sure my cousin, Dan was surprised to learn there was a gift for him in Santa's bag. And even more surprised when he learned he'd be sitting on his lap!
Here's some of the little ones anxiously awaiting their turn on Santa's lap:
Here's our big boy, Kolton, even more excited than he's letting on:
He looks upset in this picture, but he really was excited, as you'll see in the video below. He's so shy, and he often tries not to smile or appear excited. Hopefully he'll grow out of that someday, hopefully soon.
Here's a short clip of him telling me about what Santa brought:
I'm sure my cousin, Alisa, was about as surprised and delighted as Dan was to sit on Santa's lap. But really, they both were such good sports.
Jonah kept himself entertained with everyone's strewn wrapping paper....
Is my younger brother, Jesse, to big for Santa? Not a chance!
Jonah didn't mind, as long as he could have something in his mouth.
Micah was nervous at first, but warmed right up once he realized that Santa came bearing gifts! Poor guy patiently waited through every single child.....he was the very last one to receive a gift from the Big Guy. But, by the expression on his face, do you think it was worth the wait?
|Sorry about the poor quality of all these pictures and videos. They were taken from my phone. I need to get a decent camera soon.....hint hint Wes. ;)|
As you can tell by the video, this little part of the program was pretty much spur of the moment. But they had fun just the same.