Obviously, I am doing a major catch up for Christmas. We truly had a wonderful few days celebrating Christmas and focusing on the the birth of Jesus. We had fun throughout the month doing advent activities with the kids that included Scripture and our Jesus Storybook Bible. We also had a Saint Nickolaus family night, which is my next post..
Christmas Eve was a great day. We, of course, were finishing up a few projects before having a house full of peeps! Last year, we were finishing and painting drywall…this year, making PW Cinnamon Rolls, mopping and stringing some lights….so much better! We went to the 3:00 Christmas Eve service and the kids did great. It was such a great time for me to worship my Savior…I needed that time and our church did a great job putting the focus on Christ. For the third year, we had some of our friends over who do not have family local….it is officially a tradition…at least the invite is a tradition, not sure if they will continue to come! We had 14 adults and 16 kids….it was a fun evening!
Our new/in progress Dining Room…able to seat 10 adults and a few stray kids
Our mantle…or spraypainted white branches…with 6 stockings! I bought a pure white stocking for my African son. In my mind, he is a blank slate…we don’t know his name, his age, if he is being cared for or what he looks like, but GOD is fully aware and I trust in His plan for our boy.
I made a Birthday Cake for Jesus. I made a chocolate cake to represent our sinful selves…used white icing to represent His purity and perfection, and added crushed soft peppermints to represent His blood and sacrifice for us. We had a time explaining this with the kids and remembering why we celebrate Christmas! We sang a sweet Happy Birthday and ate some cake! I’m sure we will do this every year…even when the kids are 18.
That night we set out our gifts for the kids. We do three gifts, stockings and have a few “need” items wrapped. This year, Parker’s big gift was a camera and
Emery’s was a bike. For Bradley, we got him a bike and also gave him Parker’s DS (she was getting a new one from LuLu) that we tricked out with Transformers decals…neither of them had a clue! One tradition we started last year that the kids LOVE is having a banner across the playroom that they have to run through…it is really how we hide the loot..
Parker checking out her new blog…
Me trying to show Bradley how to work the DS…blind leading the blind…
After we played a little, we ate our PW Cinnamon Rolls and Breakfast Casserole at our new dining room table. So good…when is it time for a nap??
After breakfast, we opened our stockings and gifts. Jason and I only do stockings for each other. It goes back to the days when we were first married and had not a lot of cash.
We also draw names as a family, have $10 and shop in 30 minutes. It is supposed to be secret, but that is kind of hard with more kids to adult ratio. This is another tradition that the kids have loved..
Jason with is present from Parker.
We also had a White Christmas…with my JOY my Day made (and I painted and Jason assembled)
We headed to my parents around lunch and it was so fun and yummy. We had a beef tenderloin, which I now understand the hype…so good!
My Dad always reads out of Luke 2 before we open presents.
(Disclaimer…pictures taken by my 9 year old with her new camera)
The kids are ready for the go ahead…
Parker’s new scooter
A nerf sword…awesome…
The Year of the Transformer…otherwise known as the toy that makes mom and dad feel stupid.
Seriously, even with the instructions it took Jason 45 minutes to “transform” one!! Needless to say, we sent one back to Amazon…
LuLu, Wally and Uncle Matt came on Sunday and we had a blast with them, also. We had lunch with our extended family and then came back home and had dinner at our house and opened gifts.
Emery opening up a special gift from LuLu…
Bradley and his new Mario Cart…literally
I think that grin says it all….
We also went into Knoxville later in the week and spent time with Grandad and Beth. Beth is quite the cook and we love eating at their house!
We had a wonderful Christmas and I am so thankful for our friends, our family and our precious Savior.