Thursday, February 23, 2012

Christmas in February

  It took me forever to do this post.  That's excuse #1.  The other excuse isn't really an excuse.  I'm just trying to get settled into our house and I'm not worrying about the blog just now.  Life has to have a regular flow in order for me to fit in time to blog.  We're getting there.  Slowly. 
New pajamas on Christmas Eve.
Four (?) musketeers, amigos, etc.  :)
Reading the Christmas story from Luke.
Nativity for the little people to "see" the story.
One of their first nights in their new room.  Some of them are still in sleeping bags because the beds aren't all made yet.
Peter and I worked together to wrap everything that still needed it.  I bought myself an alphabet stamp set this Christmas and had fun putting the kids' names on their book gifts.
All set.

Stockings before Church.

Snacks and appetizers after church.
The children exchanged several small gifts.  I think that was the best part of our Christmas celebration, for sure.  They thoroughly enjoyed the things that were picked out for them and watching their brothers/sisters open the things that they had picked for them.  Good memories. 
Millie and I knew Cecily would just LOVE these mittens as soon as we saw them.  I think we were right!  Millie is reminding her that she also got her a play oven mitt. 
Calvin found this fish ornament for Sam at Goodwill.  It was just the thing.  Sam was quite pleased.
Next is all the gifts from Grammy and Papa, starting with Elijah.

I apparently missed Cecily's gift.  Sorry.  :(  But did you see those happy faces?  They loved their gifts!
The kids all got a "book stack" gift (a few new books each) and one other gift.  Here they are with the book stack gifts.
One of Amelia's new books.
Here is Cecily with her new horse. 
Coloring books from Aunt Leslie.  They're awesome.  And so is the zipline and shopping cart from her too.  Thanks, a bunch!

 It was  a crazy Christmas with the move.  But taking some time to celebrate Christ's birth with the kids is too important not to do.  It will be a memorable year.  :)

1 comment:

Jennie and Julie said...

Wow! You would never know the story behind these photos...just look at all those happy faces! You can't tell at all that you had JUST moved in. Elijah is so very cute...I'm glad you posted new photos of him. He looks very serious though. As soon as he gets bigger there won't be room on the couch for all the kids side-by-side. Thanks for the photos of the kids with our gifts. It's amazing you were able to get photos at all. It was a fun time looking through all these this morning. Thanks for perservering. Love, Mom