01 February 2014

December 2013 (Part 2)

This post is ALL about Christmas! We love Christmas! This year was so much fun!
 
Santa visited a Subway near our home. Parents can bring their kids and cameras. The kids get to sit and visit with Santa, draw photos, and they even get a coupon for a free kid's meal and cookie. This is the 2nd year that we've gone and we prefer to go there than to go to the mall.  While we were there, a reporter for one of the local community newspapers were covering the activity, taking photos, and interviewing parents and children. Along with taking a photo of our family, he also interviewed Ryan and  I for a column in his paper! Santa was a little nervous holding the babies, but he did great! I had no intention of being in the photo, but Annalyse was having a difficult time with Santa. Later, however she colored him a picture and went up to talk to him. I'm still not sure if she actually told him what she wanted for Christmas.  It snowed the same day that we visited Santa and Ryan took Annalyse outside to make snow angels.
 






Like many families, we have a tradition of giving the kids Christmas pajamas on Christmas Eve along with reading about the birth of Jesus Christ.  We like to spend Christmas morning at our house  to do breakfast and open gifts and later we normally go to Ryan's parents house and join the rest of his family for the rest of the day. There we do the normal Christmas at Grandma and Grandpa stuff and wait for time to call to our family's missionaries. Yasumi and Luna had been in Japan since August and Christmas day was the first time that we got to see them since they returned the week earlier. The farm was kinda "empty" this year since we were missing our missionaries along with Jared and Melody, who were visiting Arizona. 
Christmas Eve Pjs

I made the stockings for the kids & our dog
Santa ate his cookies & drank the milk and Ellie (our elf)
wrote a letter saying goodbye
Lauren, Annalyse, and Grant with their stockings
Grant and his stocking
Lauren with her stocking
Annalyse made this snowman family painting for our family
in preschool-it was probably our most favorite gift of the year.
Aunt Trinna sent drawings of Tweedle He & Tweedle "She"
for the twins. We love it!
Annalyse and Luna-Santa's Helpers
Our Millie girl in her Santa shirt
Luna hold Grant & Lauren for the first time
Tom, Yasumi, and Luna with the twins
Cousins!!
Annalyse, Grant & Lauren made this for Ma & Pa
The family Christmas picture
 
 
 Last but not least, just after Christmas my brother Charles came up to visit and meet my kids. He had a lot of fun playing barbies with Annalyse and Peanut Butter and Jelly (Annalyse's favorite new card game).
 

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