Thursday, January 8, 2015

Christmas 2014

We had a WONDERFUL Christmas! It was low key and we really relaxed. I can't say that I've been able to say that every year (and probably won't say that next year!). Less than a week before Christmas, Adelyn ran a fever and had a cough for a couple days. Then James got it. And then Adelyn got an ear infection the day after Christmas. The kids acted pretty normal, but the fever made us stay home and rest. We played at the house- watched movies, organized toys, did puzzles, played games...things I love doing with my kids but don't always have time for. I hate that they were "sick", but it did make us slow down. 
We took the kids to Starbucks in the PJs for hot chocolate followed by an evening of driving around and looking at the lights. 

Adelyn is a Daisy this year. Her troop went caroling at a nursing home. They did a great job! One of the dads practiced with the kids prior and played his guitar. 
Adelyn and I went to Oak Grove's Christmas service (Sunday before Christmas). Since James was sick at home, Adelyn told Santa what she and James wanted and made sure to get a candy cane for him. So sweet! :)
 Emily, Martha, and I took the cousins to Sky Zone a couple days before Christmas. They had a blast! James was sick, so he stayed behind. :(


James was running a fever, but we did go to the afternoon children's service (and just sat on a row by ourselves). I was sad to not be able to attend our normal candlelight service. :(
Their teachers both sent them home with "Reindeer Food" to spread on the lawn. A few days later, James asked why there was still some left. Um......

Seth read the story of Jesus's birth. The kids got to have a sleepover. 

Seth and I prepared our 3rd annual cornish hen. YUM! We put the kids to bed, ate a late dinner, and then set up Santa. It's a little Christmas date night!

These goobers normally wake up between 6:30 and 7. On Christmas morning, it was 7:30/7:45. Seth and I were about to go wake them up.  Their faces were priceless when they FINALLY came downstairs and saw their presents! Adelyn's favorite gift was her Barbie house and James's was Cabbie (a transporter plane from Planes Fire and Rescue)

 Grandma and Grandpa stopped by to see the kids Christmas morning
 Christmas Jammie picture... we looked like this ALL DAY LONG. And it was marvelous. 
 On Christmas evening, we went to Seth's grandfather's house for dinner. Is James not precious in that sweater vest? Seth's parents brought it back from Austria. 

 The kids sang Happy Birthday to Jesus and blew out the candles. 
 Seth's aunt knitted the girls AND their dolls matching ponchos. Lynn is so very talented!

 We went to Seth's parents' house to eat brunch and exchange gifts. 

 James got several guns (a Star Wars dart gun from Santa, a rubberband gun pictured here, and some sticky dart guns). He's a happy little boy. 

 All 4 cousins got the masquerade masks
 The girls both got fur hand muffs (Seth's parents got them in Germany)

 We get our parents a picture calendar every year

Seth's Garage

Later that afternoon, by parents came in town for dinner and gifts. 

 Uncle Joe got James an army camp- it has army vehicles, army men, army guns, army EVERYTHING. It's about 825 pieces of plastic camo pieces and James LOVES it. 
 Adelyn got this cool art box
 James got a sit on digger- it'll be so fun when it's warmer out!

My mom makes gift tags out of old (embarrassing) pictures. Check out my hair!

I hope you all had a Merry Christmas! Happy Birthday, Jesus. 

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