December Photo Challenge: Gifts

This was an easy theme to photograph although as usual, my photos are more about the stories and less about the technical mastery of the subjects.  My 4 year old is at a perfect age for Christmas and was excited about everything, giving and receiving.  These photos center around him giving and getting presents on Christmas day.  But the baby is also a bit of a gift, especially after some pregnancy challenges before he came along.  So his first Christmas was certainly a celebration of him as well.

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This is Fraser’s “official” 10 month photo taken on December 5th (or maybe 6th).  He is quite a gift, a fun, happy, healthy boy, who keeps us on our toes and amused most of the time.

 

Wow! What is all this stuff?!

Wow! What is all this stuff?!

I think that Fraser was amazed at Mt. Present on Christmas morning.  We had both branches of the family celebrating with us, so there were a lot of gifts under our tree.  Fraser made a bee-line for them and just climbed on up! (this is the first photo in a series).

 

What could it be?

What could it be?

The 4 yr old is not that great at smiling on command yet, but I love this photo of him with his big present from Santa.  (Santa is a terrible wrapper and next year will have to do a better job!)   – The gift from Santa was ordered online and arrived at noon on Christmas eve.  Santa’s helpers were relieved!

Super Hero Comic book

Super Hero Comic book

We want to encourage the 4 yr old to enjoy giving as well as receiving, so encouraged him to give some gifts.  He (With help from dad) made a comic book for his comic book loving uncle.  It didn’t really have a plot, but was all kinds of awesome like a story by someone who’s 4 can only be.  Uncle Paul was thrilled of course!

And for Grandpa, a squash!

And for Grandpa, a squash!

You can bet that Grandpa was surprised to receive a squash from Adrian!  My mom had said that Grandpa really liked squash in an attempt to get Adrian to eat some the week before.  That didn’t work, but he did decide that the perfect gift for Grandpa would be a squash.  He picked it out himself at the grocery store.  Grandpa was suitably pleased.

 

Optimus Prime!

Optimus Prime!

Optimus Prime was the gift from Santa and was just as appreciated as we’d hoped it would be.  The Iron Man costume (purchased on sale the week after Hallowe’en was also a hit.)

 

Advent Calendar

Advent Calendar

My mother-in-law is an amazing quilter and made us this beautiful advent calendar. I look forward to filling it up for the boys every year.  Adrian was so thrilled and amazed by it at the beginning of December that he changed where his chair went in the dining room so that he could look at the Advent Calendar the entire time he was eating his meals.  We were able to take a beautiful video of him telling his Granny how he “loved it so much”.

to Mommy with Love...

to Mommy with Love…

I also got a gift from Adrian who apparently looked at everything in the dollar store and picked this out for me because it was the most beautiful thing in the store.  It’s a star for the top of our tree (which doesn’t currently have a proper tree topper).  He was so excited about the present and managed to keep it a secret from me for 4 days. Needless to say I love it, in all its ridiculousness and yes, next year, it will be on the top of our Christmas tree and for many years to come I imagine!

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