Saturday, December 25, 2010

A very merry Christmas

 






























Our Christmas eve/day has been so much fun! We've all enjoyed having everyone home for Christmas! :) Dad and Grandma brought the kiddos downtown yesterday (I was at work, once again!) and we went to Church and came home to potato soup in bread bowls. After Christmas cookies for desert, we all got to open one present (new pajamas) and the little kids watched a movie and put cookies and milk out for Santa. The rest of us watched Christmas with the Kra*nks, a funny tradition of ours. We had lots of laughs :)

This morning, Christmas started a little after 8 with our annual Christmas picture on the stairs. We all went through stockings first and all had some good stuff in them! Gracie's big "santa gift" was roller blades, AC's was a pink microphone, Kate's was a Tiana costume, and Charlie's was this remote control dump truck (it's in the last picture with Gracie) For the next while, we alternated opening presents. Everyone ended up with some great stuff! AC is especially excited because she received the real bow and arrow she asked for! She also got a little popgun and cowgirl outfit that she has been really excited about! Kate got a bunch of ballet and princess stuff that she, of course, ADORES. It was so fun to watch Charlie and Grace take all of the Christmas festivities in. Gracie got into it really fast and was so excited about everything she opened and would run and bring it up to her room right away. Charlie's remote control truck was a huge hit and he spent most of the morning playing with it, but whenever it was his turn to open, he would excitedly say "Char-ee turn!" There was nothing like seeing these 2, at ages 11 and 4, taking in all of the aspects of Christmas for the first time.

We were all excited to give Grandma a phone FINALLY! Dad called her as she opened it so the whole box was ringing, and we've spent some time teaching her how to use her new sr. citizen phone :)

Mom made cinnamon eggnog french toast that was the perfect Christmas brunch! AND they are calling for snow later, which would just top off the whole day!!!!!!

So it's been fun, and we still have a lot of fun to happen! Mom is cooking downstairs and we'll have a little birthday celebration for Jesus later today! Because in the midst of all of the lights, decorations, and gifts, the real reason for it all is, of course, HIM.

7 comments:

Beth said...

I laughed when I saw the traditional pic of the stairs....I have now seen 5 of these I think...what a difference! You need to put these all in a post some time! Sounds like a great day! Happy first Christmas home Charlie and Grace!

Wolfe's Home said...

Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family! What joy to have all the family together. May you experience many more blessing in the new year to come.

Laura said...

It looks like you guys had a great Christmas day. How fun to have your whole family together. My mother was one of ten kids and we had lots of crazy fun Christmas gatherings growing up. Actually, they are even more crazy now that we have added in the great-grandkids. I did a double take when I saw Kate's Hanna Andersson dress because our Ellie wore the same one this year! They both (Kate and Ellie) look adorable in it.

Jean said...

Merry Christmas to your beautiful family!! Looks like everyone had a great time!!

Our girls had the same dress as Grace but in black!

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Emily!

Julie said...

Sounds like a great day! Merry late Christmas, H. family!

Kristi said...

Merry, merry Christmas to you and your family!
It's hard to decide if your mom or your grandma was happier...