Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas Eve Festivities

Mele Kalikimaka!! What an exhausting day!! Dean woke up at 5:30 this morning - how in the world a 2-year-old knows he should wake up early on Christmas is beyond me, but he knew. I thought I'd share some pics from our Christmas Eve fun at my Mom and Dad's last night. We had a great time - the only thing missing was Uncle Jeremy! Joel, Great Grandma Joan and I walked down to Keawakapu beach for sunset and to watch for whales with Dean while Mom put the finishing touches on dinner, which was a bunch of yummy pupus (that's the local word for appetizers). It was a beautiful sunset and Dean had lots of fun dipping his hair in the tide pools (his new favorite thing) and throwing rocks in the ocean! After sunset and dinner, it was time for PRESENTS!!! I taught Dean how to shake his presents to see what was in them, so it was funny to watch him shake all of his presents before he opened them! We all got a bunch of good loot! Joel made out with a Nintendo DS game system, some much-needed shorts and a gift card to Home Depot (he's been wanting to upgrade to a gas-powered weed-eater). I got a gift certificate to the spa and a bunch of really cool crafty supplies that were on my wish list. And of course, Dean is now more spoiled than ever!!! Last night he got a few more of the Step 2 Mainstreet Village sets that he likes, some books & puzzles, a playdoh fun factory, some fake wooden food and utensil sets (to go with the Step 2 Lifestyle kitchen that Santa left him this morning), and a Leapfrog Computer!! The computer is really cool - it hooks up to the TV and has a keyboard and mouse. Dean was actually able to play some of the games. One of the games shows a word on the TV, like "dog" and you have to type the letters on the keyboard. Amazingly, the little genius is able to do it like a pro!! He's going to have fun with that one, but it stays at TuTu's house. OK, how about some pics?? I'll be back in a day or 2 with more pictures from Christmas Day. Hope everyone had a very Happy Holiday, whichever one you celebrate!!Throwing rocks with daddy & playing in the tide pools
Christmas Eve sunset outrigger canoe paddler

Dean enjoying his "fancy drink"

Eddie & Susan (mom and dad)

Joel enjoying the Christmas "fire" my Mom forces us to endure every year

The present fun begins....

My Dad's birthday is Christmas Day and every year he gets a belt buckle from the National Finals Rodeo from my Grandpa Marvin. Happy Birthday Dad!
Dean admiring his new gecko watch


Amanda said...

Thanks so much for heads up on the Step 2 toys!! I got Cage 5 of them for his birthday and him and Nash both LOVE them!!! Your dad looks very happy! Glad you guys had a wonderful Christmas!!

Justine said...

TFS, One of these days girl I am so going to sit on that beach and toast the sunset with you!!!!!!!!!