When we got home I didn't have anything special for Advent because I goofed and let him watch the planned movie over the weekend. (A Curious George Christmas movie.) For dinner I made pancakes including one that looked like Frosty the No-man pancake, as Bennett calls them since he doesn't pronounce the S.
Tuesday was Christmas Eve. Bennett went to school in the morning so that we could have time for wrapping presents, last minute shopping, and scrambling to finish his big gift. More on that later. I picked him up after lunch and we came home for nap. Of course it took him a while to fall asleep.
After nap (which we had to wake him from) we put on spiffy clothes and then headed off to pick up Nana and Auntie Hanna before heading to church. After church we went back to their house for dinner and presents.
|Bennett started to play with bowls, measuring cups, etc and Nana gave him an apron to wear while he "cooked".|
|Lighting a candle with Nana.|
When we got home Bennett put out milk and cookies for Santa and then got changed into his new Christmas PJs. While visions of sugarplums danced in his head, the elves were hard at work scrambling to get Bennett's big present (a recreation OSV barnyard)
|Monday night progress|
And the end result? Bennett loved it! He'd received a few animals for his birthday so we had those set up at the farm-- pigs in their pen, the oxen in their pen, Summer (the calf) in her pen, and the horses out in the yard since they technically don't even go with the farm.
|The farm on Christmas morning|
MERRY CHRISTMAS! Bennett woke around his normal time, 7:00. He let us lounge in bed for a little while and then we went downstairs. Here's what he saw when he came down the stairs:
|His reaction as he saw Doc and Blue.|
And even better, here's his reaction in video format!
Shortly after we came downstairs Grandpa came over to join us for breakfast and watching Bennett open presents. We started with stockings. Bennett got a couple of cows (dubbed them Lance/Henry) and a sheep and immediately went and put them in the farm.
Next we connected with Grandma and Grandpa Tedford via Skype so that they could watch Bennett open all of his presents. There were LOTS of presents! When wrapping we realized that tags on Bennett's presents were pointless as almost all of them were for him. Plus they were the ones in the Cars wrapping paper.
One of Bennett's presents was a bin with more animals, all of which had to immediately be put on the farm. He now has:
- A team of oxen (He got these for his birthday. We intended them to be Lance and Henry but he named them Doc and Blue.
- A pair of horses, Jim and Pete (birthday gift)
- 2 pigs (birthday gift)
- Summer, the calf (birthday gift)
- 4 cows. These were intended to be Bonnie, Button, Betsy, and Rainy. He named two of them Lance and Henry (the oxen). The other two he named Bonnie and Button.
- 2 chickens, a rooster, a group of chicks
- 1 ram, 2 sheep, 4 assorted lambs
One thing that was interesting to see was how he immediately put the cows into the milking stalls in the barn even though he's never seen the milking stalls in use (we always left for nap before milking time). How did he know that's where they were supposed to go.
|Cows in the milking stalls. |
Chickens sleeping in their coop.
Horses in the storage area.
Mater driving down the middle.
|All of the animals in their appropriate pens|
Other gifts included PJs, books, puzzles, baking items for his play kitchen, a hand knit sandwich (bread, lettuce, Swiss cheese, tomatoes, egg slices), toy cars (Lightning McQueen and Mater), pattern blocks, a Curious George ornament, Duplos.... They boy definitely had a good Christmas!
|The animals are "sleeping" so he covered them with "blankets".|
Modeling his new dinosaur hat. (It's a red present.)
After presents it was almost time for lunch and nap. Shortly after he woke up, Mimi, Uncle Andrew, and Aunt Gentry came over for more celebrating.
|After not wanting to wear his crown, he finally put it on and then wore two more as bracelets.|
And that pretty much wrapped up the day. Shortly after everyone left it was time for Bennett to go to bed. Chris and I did some dishes and then relaxed for a little while. One more celebration to go on Saturday!