We spent New Year's Eve 2010 at our friends, Clint and Amy's, house. There were 5 couples there with all 12 of our combined children. We had a great time. Nana and Papa were in town, so we took the kids to them at 8pm and enjoyed the rest of the night kid free.
Here are the kids having supper, minus Ty.
While the women fed the kids, the guys watched America's Funniest Home Videos.
We had a White Elephant gift exchange. I thought I was being pretty sneaky and "accidently" left our gifts behind. Well, I should have known better. Greg and Corey brought them back to us while we were out of town. Do you see anything odd in the picture above? And they "borrowed" ALL our ladders so we couldn't get it down for a few days. Good times!
Christmas Day dawned with the girls sleeping in. Upon waking, Paige helped me make Monkey Bread for breakfast. She's been asking for it for a while and it is our Christmas breakfast tradition. We read the girls the story of Jesus birth while they ate, so we all don't forget the real reason we celebrate Christmas. After breakfast was done and cleaned up, we sat down to open presents. We really try not to overdo it with our kids. They each get an ornament, an outfit, books, and a toy from us, and one toy from each other. We also do stockings with small gifts and trinkets. We don't do Santa here. The girls know that Daddy is Santa at our house. I don't feel like I can pretend that Santa is real with them, only for them to find out later he is not. Then, also teach them to believe and love Jesus, whom they can't see, but is very real. We let the girls play with their new toys until lunch, which was broccoli and cheese soup in bread bowls, and after lunch, Paige helped me bake a birthday cake for Jesus. We sang Happy Birthday and had the cake after naps. It was a nice relaxing day!
We made it home JUST in time to head to our church's Christmas Eve service. The weather was a bit frightful, but it was sure cozy inside. The girls enjoyed being in the big service with us. We couldn't resist taking some pics of them all dressed up. They looked so pretty!
And no holiday is complete without a picture with their friends.
One of our Christmas traditions is to spend the evening of Christmas Eve with our friends Greg and Emily and their kids. We have appetizers and play cards, while the kids play and eventually go to bed. Here the kids are looking at presents.
And now to the pics of Zach and Alaina which I'm sure they will hate us for later. But then again, maybe not!
And Paige with her "besties", Hannah and Ellie.
Both of our families have made it a tradition to open one gift on Christmas Eve, which is new pajamas.
Sometimes the adults participate. This year, I surprised Mark with new sweats. Neither of us needed pj's, but he can always use new comfy sweats.
I am a wife to Mark and Mommy to my two girls. I love Jesus! I am a stay at home mom who loves thrift shopping, especially garage sales. I blog not for others, but for my girls, so they have can have the memories forever.
The man of the house. He is a man of God who loves his family. His quiet strength holds us together. He is my best friend and the best Daddy our girls could ever want. He is the ultimate handy man and will tackle any project. I love how he loves our girls and how he is their Prince Charming. It is an awesome thing to see the way their eyes light up when he walks in the door. He is my rock and I love him more and more each day.
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Paige's Lost Teeth
10/18/11 - First lost tooth: O (#24)
11/6/11 - P (#25)
Alaina is all spunk and nothing but spunk. She is content to entertain herself and does so mostly by getting into things she shouldn't. She is stubborn and cannot be swayed from what she believes in. She loves to dance, play with her babies, and be outside. Alaina doesn't walk, she runs. She adds so much personality to our family and her smile is contagious.
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Our easy going Maltese/Japanese Chin mix dog who is perfect for us. Gotta love her underbite!