Dad's office Christmas party:
|thank goodness for a laptop and computer--the kids were BORED and it was after 11 when we finally left!|
Christmas Pageant at the chapel. Cory was a Wiseman, Lucy was a Donkey and Mary was an Angel. Typecasting?????
Don't miss this video of Mary singing a solo and a grand finale of all the kids and the audience belting out Joy to the World. I (Kristi) wrangled all the kids for this little event. It was awesome!
The kids' favorite Christmas tradition--cookies! Making peppernuts with Mary Beth and all the kids making and decorating sugar cookies for Santa.
|my favorite tool for peppernut making--the antique nut chopper|
Christmas Eve pajamas--someone was GRUMPY! Is Santa still watching or is he now too busy delivering presents in Japan?
Reading three versions of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. The traditional story, A Soldier's Night Before Christmas, and (our personal favorite) A Cajun Night Before Christmas (thanks, Marta!)
Waiting to open gifts after breakfast...this nearly killed him!
Gift exchanges--we exchanged in a new way this year, which I think everyone enjoyed. We didn't pass out gifts to the "to" person, but to the "from" person, and then each individual gave their gifts out one at a time. I think this resulted in more hugs and thank you's.
|Yay! A camera!|
|One of Riley's handmade gifts...she did an awesome job for everyone!|
Commence playing with Christmas gifts!
|Lucy wore the "ballerina outfit" that Santa brought her.|
|Legos to construct|
Friends came for Christmas dinner. They brought a puzzle for us and we began assembling it with them.
Riley would love for a dog to be a part of our Christmas every year! This year we were dog-sitting over Christmas, which might just be the next best thing.
The kids all missed being with extended family for Christmas. We love you all!