Our holiday has gone well (if you ignore the whole being sick thing for Princess and I). The kids were pretty darn cooperative about going to bed, though I pre-emptively went to lay down with Isaac to make sure there was no struggle about it, and after a busy day of playing with everyone (my nephews had been over earlier) he went out by 8:00.
Mom and I got all the presents tucked under the tree, got the stockings sorted and filled and then discovered that there was nothing for Princess from Santa. Not that she would know, but I was willing to bet Isaac would, and as naughty as he's been, if he gets presents you can be certain she deserves presents! So, at 9PM on Christmas Eve, Mom and I are out hunting for an open store. We got lucky and the second open store had these cute little trucks for the sand and a steering wheels with buttons that make all sorts of car/truck/ambulance sounds. She makes car sounds as she pushes cars around, so it was perfect. All the boys wanted to play with her little trucks, but she fought to keep them, and when my nephews got their trucks from me, she went to go get those too. She likes things with wheels. She uses them as skates for her hands and crawls really -really- fast with them. :-)
So, the extra trip was worth it.
Isaac, surprisingly, wasn't up extra early and he was willing to lay down with me once he did get up to give everyone else a chance to wake up on their own. He was perturbed because his music player wasn't working (he was afraid he needed new batteries) and he couldn't go back to sleep himself. I could feel him awake next to me and asked him what he was thinking about. "New batteries." there was a long pause and then, "And Santa." But for a very excited 4 yr old, he kept it together with waiting.
We opened Santa's gifts and a few select gifts from each other, but there was no rush. They were content with that and didn'f fuss over the rest, which was lovely -especially since we had to wait a long time for my brother and his family to arrive. To fill time Brian and I left Princess with my parents and took Isaac to Busch Gardens, which was a very busy place on Christmas Day, but it was a beautiful winter day in FL so it was nice to be outside.