That's Benny's hot chocolate dispenser (his fav thing on our cruise was hot-chocolate on tap)
A really special part of Christmas was having Ben's grandma with us.
Seeing as just a few weeks before we were carolling to her in the hospital, she really was amazing. Especially with all the children, and general chaos that comes with multiple families bunking out under one roof.
A quiet Christmas it was not, but Grandma's quiet spirit tried to remind us.
Probably my Christmas highlight came as we sat at the table one night and just listened as she shared some stories from her life, cleared up some family history details and just let us enjoy her.
There may not be too many more Christmases with her (she's already outlived a couple different serious health issues), all I know is that this was a good one.
And I was so glad she was here.
|My kids often wear pants OR shirts, just seemingly never together!|
After a feast of appetizers, some entertaining Kinect's playing, and a little wrapping paper tube swash-buckling, it was time or presents...
(at least we did once, and there's no going back now)
Levi took it pretty seriously apparently.
<-----THIS is McKye's big (most expensive) present.
is the last minute ten dollar extra we picked up, a litte blender to go with his adored play kitchen,
that he played with NON- STOP all christmas long.
He didn't touch the guitar.
Aaron is always a little tricky to buy for, and he's not one to pretend he likes something, so I was so pleased when he really took to a couple of his gifts.
His Toy Story puzzle mat was instantly sacred ground and any toy or child not deemed worthy was quickly pushed away from it's sanctuary. Aaron was delighted to obsessively line up his cars for days ---a good break from all the mandatory social interactions that some with family being around.
After some customary Four on a Couch, and some messy candy cane sucking,
it was off to bed (our playroom was wall-to-wall with mattresses!) and Christmas morning sleep in (well for those not busy trying to keep their kids from jumping on all the sleeping relatives!
It was nice having Christmas on a Sunday. We decided last minute to run out to Raymond where my talented sister-in-law had put together a musical Sacrament meeting. So beautiful. My niece Brittney sang a song, with a ward choir as back-up, dang she's cute.
Speaking of cute little girls...when did my little sisters-in-law turn into grown up beauties???
|Jen and Danny "movin' in" :)|
The bin of costumes was out at my Ben's mom's house, so with a quick rounding up of housecoats, innovative uses of tin foil and a Ewok costume being re-purposed to be the cutest little shepherd boy ever...
There was a couple times I took a wise friends advice to remember "if you need to, you can leave". I'd throw Levi in the stroller and go for a quick walk around the lake behind our house, just taking a breath or two, because sometimes family just... "takes your breath away" (wink)
You all know what I mean.
There was lots more vegging, a few BBC movies for me and Alli, me and Benny even went ans saw the new Muppets one night after bedtime.
Around 10 on Thursday, everyone but the two out of town single siblings walked out the door, and by noon I had three out of town couples friends walking in.
We had a nice visit, and I took no pictures (I know, not like me at all! )
Friday we hung out with Alli and Sam, and I decided I was gonna go out and stay at my moms after a temple session. Oh the serenity of that drive all by myself. Lovely.
It was nice to get a little extra time at my moms without the kids.
I love my moms at Christmas. Nothing like your childhood home to accentuate the magic.
My mom's house IS magical at Christmas. So full of colour and twinkle. Funny little Santa's, a Christmas village (that would never survive around here) and ornaments that hung on her mom's tree.
|Snackies before swimming.|
|My crafty sisters, super cute finger puppet present.|
|A few years ago I helped my mom illustrate a family story she wrote up as a children's book...this is the long awaited sequel about the night my brother got a glow in the dark lego stuck up his nose (it's quite the page-turer!)|
|Enjoying a video of how cute Kamber is.|
|Taking the balls off grandma's tree|
I even forgot to get matchy PJ shots, so we did them after FHE on Monday.