Every year John and I try to do something to surprise the kids. They give us a wish list each year and we try our best to get those things. And then we try to come up with a game with gifts to surprise them.
This year we had a game where each couple had to pick a grocery item and tell us how many of them would add up closest to $30.00 without going over. Missy and Andy won with $28.80. Every other couple went over. They all got the groceries that they were able to bid on and taped to one of the back of one of the items was a $30.00 gift card to one of their favorite restaurants. They had a great time.
The kids had to sing a song for everyone and the girls all got a unstuffed Build-a-Bear and a gift card to take them back to stuff them. Addi got a box full of his favorite snacks. I think the girls were afraid they would have to take their bears back and give them back. But all seemed really happy.
We also got each of the big girls a craft to do over 2012. Caitlin and Micah got scrapbooks and supplies. Missy is making a game crate for the kids games. Andrea, I wasn't sure and what she wanted so I gave her a new glue gun and gift card to Michaels.