Since I don't have any pictures from Christmas Day at the Buckley's, here's a nice picture of the Buckley sons and girlfriends from our trip to the Dicken's Fair earlier this year:
From left to right: Sean (youngest), Me (awesome coat) Jared (oldest), Rhi (pregnant with twins) and Terry (middle)
Christmas got a late start; Rhi and Terry didn't make it up to Sean's parents' ranch until 2ish. Understandable, because they were with Rhis' mom and family, but it meant several hours of waiting around. I could've gone with my parents to see The King's Speech and still made it back to the ranch with time to spare, but it wasn't all bad. It was fun to goof around with Jared and Daddy Buckley, and keep Mommy Buckley company in the kitchen.
There were mountains of presents under the tree. MOUNTAINS. It was a little overwhelming, to be honest. We spent hours - and hours, and hours - unwrapping everything. What did I get?
- Second season of Avatar: The Last Airbender and Child of the Morning from Rhi and Terry
- $100 Kiva.org gift certificate from Sean's parents
- Hidden Getaway Jacket from Modcloth, also from Sean's parents
- Several books from Sean's parents, including Essence & Alchemy: A Natural History of Perfume, 31 Months in Japan: The Building of a Theme Park, and The Hard Facts of the Grimms' Fairy Tales (I proceeded to read a story full of violence and murder to Rhi's stomach. Gotta start working on ruining the twins before they escape the womb!)
- Gone With the Wind Ultimate Collector's Edition from Jared (an off-list gift that was awesome)
- Miscellaneous trinkets, puzzles and little gifts in my Christmas sock from "Santa" (also Seanie's parents)
So yeah, I was completely, totally spoiled.
Rhi was unnaturally excited about the worm box we got her. You read that correctly: she wanted a worm box for her kitchen. I try to get people the stranger things on their wishlists whenever possible. Sean had written Jared a note explaining why he was only getting a Star Trek DVD for Christmas, and Jared thought it was hilarious. He was reading it to everyone but cracking up so hard that he couldn't get more than two or three words out at a time. (I'm very sorry I don't have a scan so you can see Sean's letter. It was epic.)
We got Sean's parents a Blu-Ray player, which they really wanted. The cost was split between the five kids. We followed up with a set of Star Trek movies for Sean's dad, and a necklace for Sean's mom (that, naturally, was lost somewhere in the US Postal Service). I felt like Terry got cheated, because we only got him some car parts, but it's what he wanted! He was very excited about the cupholders we got him. I mean, I would have been like, "Cupholders? Really?" but he was like "OMG AWESOME!!!"
It's a little strange to think that next year, when we do Christmas, there will be two rugrats screaming in the corner. No more 'adult' Christmases. In a way, that's too bad...I really enjoy what we do now. But who knows? Maybe it'll be even better when the twins are crawling around, getting stepped on by the dogs. Huh. I wonder how that's going to work, the babies and the dogs. Snoopy is a paranoid animal, and he kept freaking out and trying to hide behind the Christmas tree. I wonder how he'll react to babies? Gus, the youngest dog, was really annoying. I had to practically kick her every time I wanted her to go away.
Oh well, Merry Christmas 2010.
In just a few short hours, Seanie and I will be boarding our plane to Florida. Very exciting...!