On Christmas Eve, we went to my Aunt Ann's house with my mom's side of the family. We used to get together all the time when we were younger, but the family has grown so much we don't see each other often enough. It was so fun to all be together. The food was delicious. And, as tradition requires, we played the chimes. We came home later that night and read the Christmas story with Andy under the tree. We left out cookies for Santa and sent Andy to bed. Cam and I stayed up getting Christmas all ready and watching Elf.
|Andy joined in on the chimes this year!|
Christmas morning was magical. Andy asked Santa for a trampoline and a tic-toc (clock). The tic-toc was a relatively recent Christmas wish, so Santa may have had to stop at Walmart on Christmas Eve. For some strange reason, he was very excited about having his very own clock in his room. We kept it pretty low-key. Andy got the trampoline, the clock, a preschool readiness book, a puzzle from Max, and some new slippers. Max got a couple new books. (We already have so many toys for a one-year-old boy, we didn't see the need to buy a lot more.) Cameron got a massage gift certificate, a new cell phone case, and a jazz ticket to go to a game with his dad and brother. I got a massage/facial gift certificate and a new running headband.
One of my favorite things we did was letting Andy pick out presents for everyone at the dollar store. Our immediate family, grandparents, and all his aunts and uncles. The presents were pretty hilarious. I'm not even sure what to call my present...some sort of hot pink decorative centerpiece? He got Cameron a paddle ball game. And he got Max a coloring book. Some of the other gifts he got everyone: Brendan got hangers, G.G. got a mini skateboard, Sara got one of those giant crayon banks, my dad got a pirate mask, Abby got fairy wings, my mom got a gumball machine. It was so funny to see what he picked out for everyone. And he loved helping me wrap them all up. It was really sweet to see how excited he was to give things to people. He could NOT understand the concept of how things were supposed to be surprises. He second he saw Abby, he told her, "Abby I got you fairy wings for Christmas!" I reminded him it's supposed to be a surprise, so then he whispered, "Abby I got you fairy wings." :)
Anyway, after we opened up our gifts at the house, we headed up to my parents house to
watch Abby open up about thirty presents of clothes open presents and have breakfast. So fun to be all together Christmas morning! My parents pretty much give us money and then we buy what we want. We got a Blendtec this year. We LOVE it. Andy got a leap pad, and Max got some musical instruments that he loves to play with.
|Cute Andy and Sam on Christmas morning.|
We headed to Cameron's parents house later that afternoon. We opened up presents all together. The boys got so many fun toys! I think Andy's favorite is his new remote control cars. Max loves the new shape sorter he got. Greg and Kathy were so generous with Christmas money for us and then lots of fun other presents. We're so excited about our tickets to Hale Center Theater! Kathy's side of the family came over later that night for a big Christmas dinner and celebration. We had a little Christmas concert. Cameron and I played a duet, Cameron sang a song he'd sung in church on sunday, and even Andy played a few numbers. We practically had to drag him off the bench--I think he would have been happy to play for us all night. We slept over that night and had a great time.
|Andy got to ring the bells.|
|Andy playing for everyone.|
|And here he is bowing.|
|My mom did a traditional gingerbread man, my dad called his creation nut man (?), Sara did Cogsworth (1st place), Cameron did Brobee, and Ben's is a map of Jenny Lake and the Tetons.|
|A close up of Cameron's Brobee. Pretty impressive! He got fifth place this year instead of his typical last place, so he's pretty thrilled.|
|I think this looks like a mermaid, but Andy says it's a pirate.|
|Jordon did Batman, Rachel did the joker, my Elsa, Christine did Olaf, Andy's pirate, and Abby's smoky the bear.|
|We love bowling with the family! We always divide into teams and make it a competition with a prize. I think our team won! Andy LOVES bowling.|
|Proof Max and I were there.|
The big fail is that we never got a shot of our little family all together! Next year we'll be better. We're so grateful for the wonderful Christmas that we had, for the chance we had to celebrate the birth of our Savior. What a wonderful time of the year.