25th Day: Merry Christmas!

  On the 25th day of our 25 Days of Christmas we had one of the most memorable Christmases we have ever had!  The day started early, Tricia woke me up at five wanting to open presents.  I, like any good mom, passed the buck onto Brad saying it was up to him.  So Tricia woke up Brad and he said only if the dishes from Christmas Eve were done.  Tricia did the dishes and woke us up again at five thirty.

  After making our way downstairs we set the ‘Yule Log’ up on the TV and set up the laptop with Skype to Nanno (my dad- it’s Italian for Grandpa and how Marshall will call him).  Marshall was none too happy to be woken up so early after such a late night, but once he saw that we were finally going to let him open presents he perked right up.
  Marshall must have been a very good boy in 2012 because Santa showered him with great presents.  He was so excited and took time with each gift before we would just have to move it along by taking the one he had and giving him a new gift to unwrap.
  After we were done opening our presents and playing with some of our new stuff we all took a family nap.  When we woke up around noon I started getting Christmas dinner going and we skyped with Brad’s side of the family.  Marshall loved seeing all his Aunts & Uncles, cousins, and of course Grandma & Grandpa Glade.  It’s so nice to be able to see family even though we live miles apart.
  Some of our gift highlights:  Tricia & me crying from excitement/ surprise over Brad’s gift of tickets to meet the cast & crew of Walking Dead (our favorite show); Marshall cuddling his bear pillow pet and ‘singing to it’; and Brad’s surprise over the Android tablet from Marshall & me.  We were so blessed this holiday season, blessed with all the gifts from family (thanks Nanno, Grandma & Grandpa Glade, Tricia, and Tammie & Joe), and blessed beyond presents.
  We definitely  made some special memories and new traditions that we will keep in our family for Christmases to come, as well as celebrating old traditions that have a special place in our hearts.  Merry Christmas to everyone!  We hope that everyone had a great holiday season and enjoyed our little blog.  The Dingmans will be back with 25 days next year!
  And now, Photobomb!

 

Yule Log going on the TV, Nanno on Skype on the entertainment center and our stockings
(The stockings were to heavy for the stocking hooks)

 

Opening up the first gifts of Christmas

 

 

Marshall got Duplo (the big lego style) blocks from Grandma & Grandpa Glade!

 

 

Marshall pulling the movie Brave out of the wrapping paper

 

 

Loving his movie

 

Marshall hiding his movie so mom won’t put it in the cabinet with
all his other movies

 

Marshall excitedly unwrapping a Zootalker figurine

 

Mom helping Marshall get his camel Zootalker out of the packaging

 

Marshall holding his camel while unwrapping another Zootalker

 

It’s an alligator Zootalker!

 

Marshall waiting patiently as mom gets his alligator free of the packaging

 

Marshall excited over all of his Zootalker figurines
The Zootalker set is visually stimulating to toddlers and teaches animal names and sounds

 

Marshall opening his ‘big ticket’ item from Santa

 

It’s the Zootalker Zoo!  Home for all his little animals

 

Marshall can’t wait to set his alligator loose in the zoo

 

All smiles over his new zoo

 

Let’s open this up now!!

 

Marshall so excited over his special bear pillow pet from mom & dad

 

He could not stop cuddling and singing to his new bear friend

 

Marshall is such a sweet, sensitive little guy

 

Tricia excited over her redneck wine glass from her stocking
(a ceramic solo cup on a wine glass stem)

 

Santa’s welcome to Missouri

 

Opening stocking stuffers

 

Reading Brad’s gift envelope

 

Reading Brad’s note

 

That moment when you realize you get to meet the cast & crew
from the walking dead!

 

So excited to go see the cast & crew of Walking Dead
(Marshall got scared because he doesn’t know the difference between
sad tears and happy/ crazy tears)

 

Marshall showing off the envelope to Auntie, probably trying to make her cry again

 

Santa gave Mom & Dad bobbles in their stockings
The water bottle has a built in filter so we can drink water from anywhere

 

Marshall trying to run away with his zoo

 

Opening a present from Grandma & Grandpa Glade

 

It’s a football sweatshirt and pants!  Marshall loved them

 

Marshall helping to clean things up before we go on with opening gifts

 

Marshall did a great job of taking turns opening presents

 

Tricia ‘ooh-ing’ over her new bracelets from Nanno

 

Marshall taking off his Santa hat

 

Mom showing off her earrings she was given from Nanno

 

Marshall running around with his camel Zootalker

 

Dad & Marshall playing Zootalkers

 

Marshall motioning ‘No you come here’ as Tricia beckons him
over to open his present from her

 

He came over once he realized it was his gift she wanted him to see

 

It’s a toddler’s size letter jacket from the Heidi Klum collection!

 

His special present from Godmother ‘Bob-bob’

 

Marshall’s 1st letter jacket!  Such a little stud.

 

Marshall modeling his jacket for everyone

 

Mom loves her gift from Auntie ‘Bob-bob’

 

Dad opening his presents from Grandma & Grandpa Glade

 

 

It’s a SCSU shirt for this alumni

 

Marshall’s turn to open up another gift from Santa

 

It’s a Kangaroo family of Zootalkers

 

Mom helping to free more Zootalkers

 

Marshall opening his laptop up from Nanno

 

 

 

He loves his new laptop

 

Auntie loving her earrings from Nanno

 

 

Being silly with her cheetah print scarf

 

Mom opening her present from Auntie Bob-bob

 

Showing Nanno the present from Bob-bob

 

It’s a lantern to start mom’s collection

 

Marshall opening his other gift from Auntie Bob-bob

 

Auntie Bob-bob gave him a Little People construction site

 

Marshall playing with his new smart phone from
Grandma & Grandpa Glade

 

 

Auntie Bob-bob showing off her new cheetah print bangles

 

Marshall opening up his Spiderman ball pit from Grandma & Grandpa Glade

 

Christmas.  Like a boss.

 

Marshall decided to block dad’s camera shot of Auntie opening one of her presents

 

Marshall’s godchild gift (a tradition on Mom’s side) to Auntie Bob-bob
a plush cheetah print blanket

 

Marshall got the ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs’ movie

 

Marshall curtseying with his movie

 

Marshall waiting patiently with his gift as Auntie shows off some more
earrings from Nanno

 

This one’s next guys!

 

Auntie being silly with her new bejeweled V (for her last name)

 

Auntie Bob-bob loves her jeweled candle holders from Mom & Dad

 

 

Another jeweled candle holder for her room

 

 

Silly Auntie trying to smell a DECORATIVE candle

 

Marshall hanging out with Auntie and watching the Yule Log burn on TV

 

Marshall got a firetruck from dad & mom

 

Marshall running away with his firetruck

 

Mom showing Marshall how to get the sirens on his firetruck to work

 

Auntie handing Marshall another present while he plays with his firetruck

 

It’s the Cinderella Diamond Edition movie set!
Yes, we gave Marsh Cinderella.  Anytime we were in the stores and he saw Cinderella playing
on the TVs he would get excited over the little mice.  So we got him what he liked.

 

Mom & Dad gave Marshall a drum!
He loves to drum on anything and everything so we got him a drum
so he can really work on his skills

 

Marshall playing with an ornament he got from Grandma & Grandpa Glade

 

 

Auntie Bob-bob being surprised with her full length mirror from Nanno

 

What other kind would it be?  Of course it’s jeweled!

 

 

Auntie Bob-bob excited to not have to go say hello to her mirror in the
store anymore!

 

Marshall opening his last present from Santa, a Zootalker Train

 

 

Marshall got a leopard Zootalker with a book about leopards

 

Marshall opening his last present from Dad & Mom
A Little People’s Wheely playset!

 

Marshall checking out his newest playset

 

 

Get this out of the box mom!!

 

Going back to his firetruck

 

Dad opening his present from Marshall & Mom

 

 

So excited over his surprise

 

 

Marshall playing with his drums

 

Our little music man

 

Christmas aftermath

 

Marshall hauling around his Little People Construction Site

 

Part of Christmas Dinner

 

Dad carving the turkey

 

Auntie repping the redneck

 

Mom makes a moist turkey!  Dad lifted up the turkey leg and
all the meat fell off it and into the roasting pan

 

Merry Christmas!!

 

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