Monday, December 27, 2010

Christmas Eve 2010

Yes, it's 3 days after Christmas, & yes, I am just now posting some pictures.

Tomorrow, I'm sending Christmas cards.

So, I'm running a bit behind. At least I'm still running, right?

Anyway, I love Christmas time & have become especially fond of our family time on Christmas Eve. It's just become a special, simple time with our kiddos, & this year was extra special b/c we have two more blessings than we did last year! :o)

We start the evening off by celebrating our Savior at a worship service.

I would say they clean up pretty good! When we get home, it is tradition that all of the kids get new books & jammies.

Once everybody has finished opening their gifts, they promptly get comfy in their new jammies. I adore this picture of Kaelee & Kearsten tag-teaming the task of getting Kendi changed.

Ok, this next picture is adorable & freaky all at the same time. No, Kendi cannot stand alone yet. You can hardly tell someone is holding her!

Kade got Mom a special present at the Santa shop at his school. The kids usually pick up a few things for Mom & Dad, so we open those on Christmas Eve, too. This year, K'Tyo gave us a gift of some special ornaments he made in preschool. He was so proud b/c we have a special tree that holds only handmade ornaments by the kids. I'm pretty sure I was too busy blubbering over those ornaments to get a picture.
Kearsten got me a sweet Willow Tree angel that reminded her of Kendi. She has curly hair, a headband, & is called the "Angel of Love".
When we finished gifts, it was time to enjoy some finger foods....
...and then some snuggling in with the ones we love.

So very thankful for the gift of His son so that we may enjoy moments such as these.

I hope that your Christmas was full of beautiful moments that will become treasured memories.


Chris said...

Looks like everyone {at your home} enjoyed this wonderful Christmas holiday!

BTW, I still haven't sent out my Christmas cards either....still running though....just like you! lol


Merry {belated} Christmas!

Tina Michelle said...

Those pics are super adorable. That one around the tree was really posed well. I love the one of the girls 'standing' together. You can hardly tell someone is holding her up!

Christie said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE this post!!! I completely failed at wishing you a Merry Christmas, but looks like you guys had a great time!

I love you!!!!

Keep praying!

Adeye said...

Oh my friend, your pictures are so stunning. I can just feel the love through each one. So amazing. What an incredible year you have had :)

Oh, and your baby love is growing sooooo fast! She is adorable.

Daisy Dreams said...

It must be so awesome to have a large family!!

Love the girls' pjs (I looked at them at the Children's Place ;) )

Mama D.'s Dozen said...

Love the pics! We have the Christmas Eve Pajama tradition, too. And, that is the ONLY sign of Christmas that we had this year. Oh. So. Sad.

We lost Christmas this year ... due to a wedding ... across the country ... the week before Christmas. (Our first child to get married.) Our time leading up to Christmas was spent on wedding prep (and the reception that we hosted here 2 weeks later). And, our funds were spent on a cross country road trip in order to get everyone to the wedding (and the reception that we hosted). So ... Christmas was pretty much cancelled this year.

This week ... yes, it is already mid-January ... I will be sending out "Non-Christmas" cards, with a family pic from the wedding. :) Better late than never, right?

We have 2 more family weddings already being planned for July. But ... I am going to tell all of the kids, "Please. No more December weddings. I really MISSED Christmas this year."