Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Christmas Day 2011

Santa came!! REALLY EARLY!
 Bella was really excited about the stockings too.
 Emma got her BIG bear from Santa. YAY! (You know I LOVE when her bangs are in her eyes like this! NOT!)
 Molly! Thank goodness. We were all really sick of Emily crying every night because she didn't have her friend (LOL, that was why Emma decided she wanted Molly instead of Julie Albright). Hopefully Kit won't start crying for Ruthie. ;)
They also got to open their gifts from us. We like to do 3 per kiddo (like the THREE wise men brought THREE gifts) so it didn't take too long. So at 5:30am, we loaded up and headed to Matt's Mema's for Christmas there. The kiddos got bigger bikes. (I love Mema's shopping method - she just gives me money and has me get what I want. So I get the gift of shopping, she gets her shopping done and they get gifts that I know they want! Win-win-win!! Score!)
 Aiden got spy stuff from Nanny and Papa (among other things). But he especially LOVED the door alarm. So now when I go put up laundry, the alarm goes off, unless I can find the card key first! Haha! I LOVES it so it is worth the alarm (for the time being anyway.)
 Emma got more Barbie accessories! The little washer and dryer are so cute!
 And their big presents from Nanny and Papa! The use of my phone has gone down significantly! :)
 Papa (hahaha) getting ready to open the trailer for Brandy, Leslie, and my BIG gifts! I got chaise lounge chairs! They are so pretty and handmade!
Later in the evening (after a little nap) we got to go to my Dad and Bev's for some very yummy spaghetti and fettuccine Alfredo. Here's my (CANCER FREE) Dad with his new camera (aka retirement hobby!)
 Granny Bev with the kiddos passing out presents.
 Aiden doing some post Christmas playing.
 Emma with her new Barbie stuff. :)
We had a great Christmas. It just seemed to go so FAST. I know next year my goal will be to really SLOW down and not book so many activities. We seemed to have a lot of talks about Jesus and tried to do some service for others and the kids were even baptized, but I don't feel like I did a very good job of making sure that they knew that Jesus is the Reason for the Season. Granted, they walk around telling me that they love Jesus more than they love me, but still... I hope we can do better next year or maybe even Easter. :)

1 comment:

  1. Oh, Leigh..You do a great job! If they are loving Jesus, you are doing something right. No stress. I try to write a letter to myself for the next year-now I just add to last years, and take notes. Stuff I want to remember. I just updated mine on Saturday.
    You DO get a lot done though, and your kids look like they had an amazing day! : )
    (and late) Merry Christmas, Love you guys!