Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas Morning Stockings

For most people, the Christmas stockings are a nice appetizing "tide-me-over" until the big presents under the tree are opened. Well, when Christmas is done "overboard" style at the Nelsons, one person's stocking contains enough presents for an entire family. Each person averaged around 26-30 presents in their stocking. Here is a picture of Jaxon's stocking waiting for him to open.

Here Jaxon opens up a few of his stocking stuffers, that don't really get stuffed into the stocking, because there aren't stockings big enough to fit all those presents.

Amanda shows off one of her many stocking stuffers.

And even with all the new toys and games and treats that he got in his stocking, Jaxon still preferred to play with the tupperware from the kitchen.

The aftermath of the stocking opening

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Eve Presents

The tradition with the Nelson family is that everyone gets to open one present on Christmas Eve. And the tradition is that the Christmas Eve present is usually a pair of new pajamas or slippers or some sort of sleeping wear. This year for Christmas Eve was no different. After dinner, and before the evening board game events began, the stockings were placed near the fireplace and everyone got their Christmas Eve present to open. Here Jaxon makes sure the stocking are all lined up perfectly.

Jaxon gets a little bit of help from Amanda to open his Christmas Eve present.

Here Jaxon gets a good look at his present. It is a new pair of pajamas for him to wear.

Jaxon liked his new pajama's, but first wanted to wear Amanda's new slippers before he got ready for bed.

Here Jaxon models his new pajama's. They have a monkey Santa Claus on them that says, "Gimmie Gifts." Jaxon is also showing off his "tough guy" face. "Don't mess with my presents" he says. Actually this is the face that Jaxon makes when you tell him to grin for the camera... It's really quite hilarious.

The Christmas Trees

As part of the "going overboard" for Christmas, the Nelson's picked up two Christmas trees to decorate for the holiday. A smaller artificial tree was placed in the downstairs living room area next to the fireplace...

And a large 8 foot natural tree was placed upstairs in the bonus room. This is the tree that all the presents were placed under and where everyone gathered around for presents on Christmas morning.

Amanda's New Haircut

Amanda went out with her mom today and got her haircut and colored. She chopped it off pretty short this time, and had it styled to look like some girl named Alice from the Twilight movie.

I haven't seen the movie, only the picture below of the girl. But I think Amanda's hair looks good short, and she really likes it too.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Christmas at the Pisko's

Since we are going to be out of town in Edmonton at Amanda's parent's place for Christmas and probably New Years, we went to my parent's place tonight for a Christmas dinner and to open presents with my family. All my family, with the exception of my little sister were there. Jaxon had fun playing in the basement with his cousin Hayden waiting for dinner to start. He is just starting to realize his musical potential. Here he is with some Cymbals he found.

Here everyone is gathering around the tree while Jaxon takes the presents to everyone to open. If you look closely, it looks like it is snowing at my parent's place...It's either a Christmas miracle or else it really means that I have to clean my camera lens.

Jaxon finally gets the hang of opening presents. At first he just wanted to give the presents away to everyone else. Then when we told him that they presents were for him to open, he only wanted to play with the first present he opened and couldn't care less about the other ones.

The one present Jaxon got that he just loves is this Optimash Prime Mr. Potato Head Transformer figurine. He carried that thing around the whole night wherever he went. He didn't even care to take it out of the box. He just wanted to carry it around by the handle.

Here's another toy from the past that Jaxon got this year. A Lite Brite! My sister had one of these growing up. They were so much fun to play with.

We had a really good dinner that we prepared and took out to Okotoks. And a good time visiting with the family. We'll be leaving tomorrow to go to Beaumont for the holidays. It should be a fun time... I hear Amanda's mom has gone overboard this year.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Santa Picture

Jaxon wasn't quite as excited to see Santa this year as he was last year. We had to join him on Santa's seat just to keep him calm. Even with Trevor (his monkey) accompanying him, Jax was not a happy camper. He enjoyed the animatronic mice in Santa's workshop way more than he liked Santa. But I have to give "props" to the photographer who managed to take a good picture of Jaxon in between his sobs.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Decorating the tree

On Sunday November 30, Tim took the day off from studying for his CGA exam, and we decided to decorate the Christmas tree. Even though it wasn't December yet, we thought it would be a good family afternoon activity to do (since Tim was going to be gone on Monday night taking his test for Family Home Evening, and since he wanted to be around to decorate.) Here is Tim with the tree set up putting some tinsel around it. Check out the sweet Angel on the top... and check out Tim's sweet Santa hat.
Jaxon was really eager to help decorate too. He loved looking through the ornaments we have and attempting to put them on the tree. It took him a while to figure out how to hook the strings over the branches...
...But he eventually got the hang of it. Here he is putting a Christmas up on the upper portion of the tree. The good thing about where we placed the Christmas tree is that is in the corner and we only had to decorate like half the tree.
Here's Jaxon hangin another ball on the tree.
With the tree lit up, Jaxon takes a look under to see where all the present are. Soon we will have a ton of presents under the tree (but most of them will be for everyone else that we are giving presents to.) All of the presents for us will be up at Grandma and Granpda Nelson's house. Amanda's mom has been told that she has to "go overboard" this Christmas, since last years Christmas wasn't overboard. If that wasn't overboard, then I can't wait to see what is overboard.
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