Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas Memories 2011

Festivities started on Friday before Christmas.

Jamie was finally home...after being gone most of the past 3 months at his new job location.

We are all so happy that we don't have to say goodbye anymore as he heads hours away to his new job. The next time he leaves, we'll be heading out with him.

So, Friday night was pizza and movie night. We watched The Nativity, with Jamie's finger on the FF button for the "scary" parts.

This is where I found Laura that same day. I think she was trying to figure out a way to enter the "forbidden closet" until Christmas is done.

Christmas Eve bubble bath! Laura thought Jenna was so funny blowing bubbles!

We open our presents on Christmas Eve morning, and the kids stay in their jammies all day. They couldn't come downstairs, though, until we called them. Goodness knows, we need a cup of coffee before the chaos begins! So, this is what we found waiting at the top of the stairs! (FYI...the gate is so Laura doesn't fall down the stairs...not to put our children in jail...really).

Our annual Christmas morning, Santa hat picture.

So nice to have all of our children home this year.

Crazy fun, Daddy!

Jenna's first Christmas. She just soaked it all in, loving every minute!

Daddy helped Laura open her new, big girl booster seat. No more baby car seats for her!

The rest of the day was just for relaxing. Jenna read her babies a story while they slept in their new bunk beds.

Amarin played his new Madagascar DS game.

Charlie tried figuring out his St*r W*rs lego set.

And we all tried our oh-so-cool dancing skills on the Wii.

On to the morning of the 25th. Santa puts surprises in their stockings.

Hey! Santa ate our treats!

Char tried squeezing his head into a new hat from Grandma and Papa.

Hugs for another grandma.

Off came the Christmas dress, and on went the ballerina clothes.

Cousins and uncles...

and more peek-a-boo and tickles for baby cousins.

It was indeed a very, Merry Christmas!


Jean said...

Merry Christmas!! Looks like everyone had a GREAT time!!

Praise the Lord !!


Jay and Chandra and Penny Regan said...

So glad to hear about your Merry Christmas and prayers for your big move! This next week is when we officially start home schooling. Thanks, again, for your advice. Thanks to it, I decided to go with Abeka for Science. Thanks, again!

ahusted said...

Fabulous! I can't stop smiling with all your smiling faces. Thanks so much for sharing :)

Anonymous said...

we just read your letter and enyoyed your blog with all the nice pictures. We wish you a good start in 2012 in your new home. Greetings to your family and Jim and Luealle. Andre, Birgit and Rainer

Karin said...

Awww...loved all the photos! They look like they had so much fun! :)