Monday, January 2, 2017

Christmas 2016

It's been a wonderful Christmas! It goes by too dang fast. We had some great celebrations with family and friends. Happy Birthday, Jesus!

Seth's dad has been in the hospital twice in December. He got to come home 12/23. On Christmas Eve, we had a delicious breakfast at his parents' house. I'm not sure where Seth's mom finds the energy and time to pull all of this together after the week she'd had. We were extra grateful for the family time this year. 

How cute are the girls in their matching outfits? 
After eating, it was gift time! Adelyn and James got the joint gift of the Ninja Slacker Line. I can't wait to get this set up outside! My kids LOVE American Ninja Warrior!
 Every year, I make a calendar that's filled with pictures that summarize what happened each month. It takes for sweet forever to create, but it's so fun to see the memories each month. 
 Brenda and Seth
 American Girl Spa Set
 James got a bunch of Star Wars Legos. He's in little boy heaven
 The hills are alive with the sound of music....
 Cousin love
 My family!
 We attended the 4:00 Christmas Eve candlelight service, stopped by a friend's house for some Christmas cheer, and finally made it back home to prepare our annual Christmas Eve dinner. 
 These two made chocolate chip cookies for Santa while the cornish hen was baking
 Then they exchanged their gifts from one another. We always open ONE gift on Christmas Eve and this was the first year they bought for one another. James got Adelyn Shopkin legos, a troll, and a hand sanitizer holder. Adelyn got James Ninjago Lego mini figures. 
 Silly family picture before our dinner
 Yum, yum! Cornish hen stuffed with pecan cranberry wild rice and a salad. We make it every year!
 The kids are breaking the wish bone
 They always have a sleepover together. Seth is reading the Christmas story to them
 Santa came! Here's James's loot
 And here's Adelyn's. I think they were most excited about their sheets (not). 
Christmas Morning: the kids could come down at 7 a.m....they were ready and waiting!

 More Star Wars Legos!
 Seth and I made both kids a board to display their accomplishments. Adelyn's is for her swim team ribbons and James's is for karate belts. It was fun doing this project together!
 Ha, ha! Santa put a Tylenol travel pack in my stocking. This is so when I get the blurred vision/migraine coming I will be prepared. I really don't want another seizure/pass out episode. 
 Adelyn got the Lego Cinderella castle
James is dancing to the Trolls Soundtrack 
 Happy birthday, Jesus! We blew out candles on our red velvet pancakes (thanks to the Cook's for the sweet breakfast package!)

 James couldn't wait to tear into a Lego set. I set up a card table in the foyer for him to build on so it doesn't take over our kitchen and dining room tables. We call it the Lego Office. 
 Quick showers and we're ready for church. Both of the kids' choirs sang. It was a great service!

We went to Seth's grandfather's house early Christmas evening. The kids blew out candles on a Happy Birthday, Jesus cake

Gift exchange with the Pugh family
 The day after Christmas Adelyn worked non stop on finishing her Cinderella castle. She did it all by herself! (in her 100% Mermaid pjs)
 My parents and brother came later that afternoon and we opened up more gifts!
 Mermaid tail blanket!
 Both grandmothers received a pot holder with Adelyn's art work on it. 
 Uncle Joe
My parents got the kids Osmo. It is so cool!

 For dinner, we had steaks, sweet potatoes, and brussel sprouts (with bacon and cranberries- yum!)
I love having family around my dining room table 
 Uncle Joe and James worked on Quixels the next morning before they headed back to SC

I know it's a lot of pictures, but there are too many fun memories to share. That's one of the best parts of Christmas- celebrating Jesus's birth with those you love. Merry Christmas!

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