Christmas day 3 wasn't originally supposed to happen. As mentioned previously Christmas day ran long so the next day we packed up the kids and ran out to my hometown to finish the immediate family gift opening. This trip was much less stressful than the night before.
When we first got there we hung out for a while before we started opening any presents. The house needed to be picked up some from the night before. While Mom and I were doing this Alyce and Luke were left to their own devices. Luke was playing with toys in the family room while Alyce played in the living room. There is a saying that when the kids are too quiet it means they are up to no good. After a while I went in to check on Alyce and when I rounded the corner I caught my little girl red handed! Alyce has opened the wrapping paper on the corner of one of her presents! Maybe I should have been mad but instead I said in a playful voice "what are you doing?". Alyce immediately recoils and covers her face in embarrassment. Naturally instead of teaching a valuable lesson I reached for my phone to snap a picture.
Pretty soon thereafter we open presents to the kid's delight. Both Alyce and Luke did very good jobs opening up their presents and taking turns. Alyce helped Luke whenever he ran into trouble. In all they both behaved themselves.
By the time we headed back home Mom and I could tell the kids were spent. Two and a half days long days of good behavior, over excitement, and late nights took their toll. While the kids were in nap time Mom and I used the opportunity to assemble Luke's new toy, the Wheelie car ramp. Assembling toys on Christmas put a smile on my face as I thought to myself that the torch has been passed.
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