You might want to grab a mug of hot chocolate and some munchies, this one’s gonna be on the longish side.
We had a great Christmas! The kids were so excited the entire month and it was contagious. I loved hearing the kids singing Jingle Bells, Annie randomly shouting “Santa Pwaus, Ho Ho Ho!”, Brandon’s cute little Christmas list, reading Christmas books together at night, the awesome snow, getting Christmas cards each day in the mail (December mail is so fun!), talking with the kids about the nativity story and about why we celebrate Christmas…..it was a good month.
We had several parties with family, here are some pictures.
Dinner, gift card exchange, pinata for the kids, and a visit and treats from Santa and Mrs. Claus! Brandon and Sammie sporting their “movie star glasses” as they called them. And the kazoos–those dang kazoos. They paraded around “kazooing” Christmas tunes the rest of the night….
We had a hard time getting Annie to take these ones off!! Even if they were upside down…
Brandon was excited to tell his 3 Christmas wishes (music box, telescope, and train). Yes, he is wearing his glasses and it was a miracle that he kept them on! One of the things we’ll be working on in 2008….
My favorite pic of the night!! Annie was fine just as long as she wasn’t near Santa. She told him “Hi” when he came in, but wanted NOTHING to do with sitting on his lap. Afterwards she was just fine. She told me, “Santa tittled (tickled) me!”
Cute little Jaden telling Santa that he’s been a nice boy all year! Notice the fancy background–we were going for the Santa’s workshop look.
Actually we were in G&G Southwick’s garage.
Yep, no pics of me on Santa’s lap this year. With my protruding belly, it would’ve been tough for you to tell the difference between me and Santa.
We had a delicious dinner at my parents’ house that night with my grandma and my brother Tyler (Ben’s in Florida and Ryan’s in Mongolia). So here is the “local” portion of our family, including Max the dog.
Grandpa Russ read an extremely condensed version of Luke 2 while the kids put together the nativity scene, yes the Fisher Price one.
I asked Brandon what gifts the wise men brought for Jesus and was amazed that frankensense was the first one he remembered!!
Then we opened and exchanged presents. Brandon and Annie loved these little “treasure boxes” that Grandma Yoo-hoo put together for them–inside were little wrapped things and the kids had so much fun looking at each one!
One of my favorite things of the night was the unveiling of Grandma Yoo-Hoo’s gift from my parents–her very own laptap!!! Now she can read my blog!
I love the look of shock on her face. What a great night.
Here is our tree late at night after Santa made his visit.
Lucky for us, both kids slept in Christmas morning! The first thing Brandon did was to check and see if the cookies and chocolate milk were gone….and they were!!
Santa must’ve come! Opening presents was so much fun. Brandon did a good job distributing all of the gifts by reading the names on the tags. He told me that his favorite things were “opening presents and making Santa’s treats!” I couldn’t even get anyone to look at the camera, they were so busy ripping off the paper.
Brandon kept saying “it’s just what I wanted!” after opening each present. Among the gifts were the Geotrax Grand Central Station and another train w/ remote, a telescope, a baseball music box, Kid K’nex, Rose Petal Cottage, Fisher Price Palace, My Little Pony tea set, Princess karaoke radio, a water-proof Cabbage Patch doll, puzzles and games and books…. etc. Jaden surprised me with some good stuff, including a cell phone, a new big camera bag and some bath stuff.
Hooray! One of the things I got him was a digital frame all ready to go with photos from the entire year. Then we set to work putting together the toys. I hate how toys are packaged, it takes like one hour to get one piece out of the box.
Off to lunch at Jaden’s grandparents and then we went to his parents’ for the rest of the evening, after a pit stop to talk to Ryan on the phone from Mongolia.
We were pretty tired at this point but still had fun with Grandma Judy and Grandpa Judd and Jordan, Amy, Janson and Meagan. Just took a few more pictures there, but again, no faces looking at the camera.
We played a little bit of Guitar Hero. Brandon’s rocking out with Uncle Jordan’s crazy mountain man hat!!
Whew! What a day. We were exhausted but had lots of fun spending time together and with our families. We’re so lucky and everyone was so generous. THANK YOU!!
As we were taking our decorations down and putting them away, I quickly took some pictures of my favorite ornaments this year–the ones Brandon and Annie made. I love ‘em!