Saturday, December 25, 2010

I'll be home for Christmas...

Our Christmas Eve started with the kids opening one present. It's tradition that we get PJ's to sleep in the night before.

They tore into them...well most of them did. Mason was so mad at me every time I tried to help him rip is his paper. I suppose all these weeks of telling him not to touch the presents really did work.

Kena got pretty princess pj's.

We were lucky to even get Mason's on him. He kept hugging them and saying "oh, oh OH". It was darn cute!

New PJ's

Next we read Christmas books. Some were ours and some were ones that we'd checked out at the library (including an illustrated King James version of Luke 2 which I think we may be trying to find for ourselves for next year). Book reading also included eggnog, because let's face it, what's Christmas without eggnog.

After the kids were all tucked away "Santa" got to work. He brought pillow pets and books for all, including a new How Do, Skippy Jon Jones, and Pink and Purplicious. Does he know our kids or does he know our kids?!

We have no chimney, so the stockings were laid by the tv with care!

Christmas morning was great! Everyone took turns opening presents and I thought I'd show you a few. This was Jax's gift from Kenadee.

A Kung Zhu hamster! Jax also go a new set of puzzles, a Lightening McQueen car, and Toy Story 3.

Trace was really excited for his present from Mason...

A You Build Connect 4 game. You get to assemble your own board out of Lego. Trace also got a new puzzle with 50 pieces, a Nerf gun, and How to Train Your Dragon.

Kenadee picked a present from Mom and Dad to unwrap...

A new princess puzzle! Not to mention her new "lip sticks" (lip gloss to the rest of us), Beauty and the Beast, and a new kitty that moves when you pet its tummy.

Mason's present from Jaxson...

A telephone. I don't know how we made it through so many kids without one of these. Mason also got a ball tower that he can hammer the balls down into, and several new balls (which are his favorite things ever)

And that was our Christmas in a nutshell. It was wonderful and great and everything that we'd hoped it would be. I'm so grateful to my Savior for the blessings that I have in my life. Without his birth and sacrifice I wouldn't have the things that mean the most to me today. We love you all so much! Merry Christmas!!


Marianne said...

We are all just sitting around saying "Aww!" and "Annie has the cutest kids!!" (maybe we can give SOME credit to Cory!

Thanks for sharing the photos Annie! We love seeing how the kids are growing. You two are doing a wonderful job raising them!

Jalyn said...

I remember all those cute days when the kids were so little. Thanks for sharing and you all look so cute.

balloongal said...

It sounds like a wonderful Christmas. How great to be with your family for Christmas. That's a real blessing, isn't it? It's sad that some people don't have that.