We had a wonderful Christmas. The boys were very pleased with their gifts, Todd and I were pleased with our gifts. I felt very pleased with the gifts we gave. Even to the really tough Grandpas. Everyone was happy! We helped buy gifts for the families who needed it in our community and shopped for them. It's what the holidays are all about. AND we all stayed away from the plague. (Knock knock) It's all good. We are truly blessed and I mean that 100%.
Perhaps one of the biggest surprises this year was Todd's brother and his wife gave our family a Wii, and a controller, AND Rock Band. What a wonderful gift! We were very overwhelmed by their generosity. As expected Todd and his brother took over the Wii Christmas night and played Rock Band until they had to pry their eyelids open with toothpicks. The Rockin' continued into the next day with stops in between of Zachary getting on board and playing the guitar and the drums. The drums were frustrating at first, but he picked it up and then he REALLY started getting into it. Occasionally even Daniel would come in and do the vocals! It's amazing. This is what makes it a truly wonderful gift. It is something for the whole family. And believe it or not, the whole family is participating. This is what separates the Wii from other gaming systems. It not only brings families together but it gets your butt imprint off of the sofa at the same time! Genius.
Today we bowled. All four of us. Together. FOR THREE GAMES. That bears repeating. We bowled 3 games together as a family. We didn't spend any money (well Mark and Amy did, but there again lies the genius), everyone was laughing and having fun. Well, actually after Zachary lost a game he left for a bit but he came back on his own and tried again. It was a minor glitch. I was thrilled because Daniel was 1. happy 2. engaged with us 3. kicking everyone's butt. Yup. Daniel had a 195 in his second game. A 163, and then fell a bit to the 140's. He got a lot of splits in the last game. But he was still enjoying himself and overall he was the winner, by far. He looked at me when we were all laughing and said, "mom am I cracking you up?" (he finally understands that this does not mean the person will crack up into small pieces and fall a part, literally. For years he would get upset when people would say that!) So thanks Uncle Mark and Aunt Amy, not only for your generosity, but for an inspiring gift that is helping Daniel play with his family. Wii wish you a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!
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