This is so much fun. :)
Because it's my belief that Santa shouldn't get to have all the fun, last night we all gave each other gifts. Alex had a great time opening his, but we had a better time watching him. He was SO excited. So excited, in fact, that he immediately pointed to one for me and said, "I can't wait until you open up your beautiful gold bracelet, Mommy!" (Cue chagrined Joe.) See, the day Alex was born, Joe gave me a gold charm bracelet. I didn't wear it for a while because it had to have some links removed and I wanted the charms soldered on. Unfortunately, the first time I wore it, it was lost. :( So Joe decided it was about time to replace it. Joe totally loved his ipod sound dock and assorted stuff. Alex got a couple of Thomas DVDs, some Little Einsteins PJs, a fuzzy bathrobe (that he LOVED and immediately put on), a robotic claw thing that he had gone crazy over at the Discovery Store, etc., etc. (forgive the red eye here)
One of the gifts I got Joe was an Atari Flashback, which looks like the old Atari console and has about 40 games programmed in it. We all had a great time playing -- I was beyond tickled to watch Alex trying to play Pitfall. :) (again, sorry about the red eye -- photo editing can come later)
After gift opening, Alex put out a plate of chocolate chip cookies and milk for Santa and some carrots for the reindeer and wrote a note, which was a little short on sentiment or even actual sentences, but he was tired: Dear Santa, Amtrak trains, Thomas Ultimate Set, Steam Along Set. I will leave you a snack. Love, Alex. (All spelled on his own except for the "e" at the end of "ultimate.") Then I tucked him into bed and he whispered "Mommy, if I hear sleigh bells, I'll tell you."
Fast forward to this morning. At about 8am, he sat up in bed and said, "Do I have to go to school today?" I told him he didn't and he laid back down and went to sleep. Yep, that's my kid. :) About 10:15, he really woke up and we just snuggled for a while -- he didn't say one word about jumping up and going to see what was downstairs. When he did finally get up, he wanted to go to his room to play! I finally had to prompt him about Santa and he said that Santa hadn't been there yet. So downstairs we all went where he discovered the present bonanza, including the big-ass motorized Thomas set that he wanted, including the "real steam" Thomas. He marveled at Santa's "footprints" on the hearth:
the cookie crumbs and carrot ends left on the plate. Of course, he
wanted to get right to the train set, but he was pretty good about
looking at all the stuff, even stopping to flip through some of the
books. He and Joe are now putting the train set together, accompanied
by some Strauss brass music on the sound dock, I'm on the couch looking
at the morning's photos, and all is right with the world. :)
Later this evening:
On the table where Santa's snack had been, Alex noticed some red glitter. I told him it must have been some of Santa's magic dust. He rubbed his finger in it and came over to me, then rubbed some of it on my hand, saying, "Mommy, I want you to have some of this." Then he gave some to Joe and finally rubbed some on his shirt saying, "I'm going to keep some for me, too."