"Who hears these words of mine & puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, & the winds blew & beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine & does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, & the winds blew & beat against that house, & it fell with a great crash."

Matthew 7:24-27

Friday, April 29, 2016

Christmas #3, #4, and #5

We end up having three Christmas celebrations on Christmas Day.  The first is with our immediate family here at home.  I actually woke up the kids because I knew we kind of needed to get up and get moving for the day. :)  As soon as the kids got up they were downstairs and ready to open their presents.  It was fun watching the kids open their presents and seeing the excitement on their faces.  Grace was especially fun to watch as she really understood what she was supposed to do this year. :)

Grace and her stocking

Kyler and Norah with their stockings

Norah with her new toothbrush :)

Grace with her hat and mittens she opened

Everyone checking out something 

Norah and her new Lego set

Grace with her Anna dress

Kyler and his Lego set

Yes, Grace put the dress on too :)

Norah and her hair styling chair for her doll

When we had finished opening presents, we all had breakfast, got dressed and then loaded up to head to my parent's house.  We arrived about 10:30 for Christmas #2! :)  The kids were all ready to go and headed straight to the living room, so we had to tell them to wait a minute until we could get Grandpa up to open presents. :)  The kids went first, taking turns opening presents.  When they had finished the adults went around the circle opening their presents.  When everyone was done, we enjoyed a yummy brunch of waffles, bacon, and orange juice.  After brunch, the kids laid down to take a nap for a while before we headed to our final celebration.

Before we started...

Grace checking out her stocking

Kyler and Norah with their stockings

Kyler with his antlers on ;)

Kyler opening a present

Grace opening a purse

Yes, Grace is putting on something else now :)

Kyler with his Star Wars art set

Norah opening her American Girl Doll

Grace (wearing something different) ;) opening her Bitty Baby Doll

Ben opening the trunk Erik made him

Grace checking out her trampoline

She loves it!

We got everyone up from their naps about 3:30 so we could load up again and head to my aunt and uncle's house for Christmas #5.  We arrived a little after 4:00 and got everyone organized to open presents first.  The kids of course went first, and then the adults followed.  When everyone was finished opening presents, we head upstairs to do the finishing touches on dinner.  When dinner was all ready, we enjoyed a wonderful meal of ham, two kinds of potatoes, fruit, bread, relishes, corn, and beans.  After dinner the kids played for a while, and then we decided we needed to eat some of the wonderful pies and desserts before heading home!

The chaos of organizing :)


One side of the room

Another side...

Norah opening

Kyler with a Lego set

Girls table :)

Boys table :)

We were once again greatly blessed this Christmas.  We are so thankful for all of the time we were able to spend with family and for the gifts that we were blessed with.  And above all, being able to celebrate the birth of Jesus.  Merry Christmas!


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