Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas 2011

 The past few days have been packed and tiring, but fun and joyful (for the most part). All the kiddos have colds (Shane actually has a double ear infection) and I have a bad sinus infection.  But, aside from some major temper-tantruming by our little girly yesterday, Christmas this year was good.  We spent time with family, ate yummy food, gave and received special gifts and, most importantly, reflected on Jesus' birth.

I did not get a ton of great pictures over the past couple of days (because of squirmy kids, a less than stellar camera, and overall business with other things), but here are some moments I happened to catch.

Christmas Eve morning, Kris reading one of our Christmas books to the kids.
Notice Meredith doing her own thing with a separate book....that is pretty much how she rolls these days.

On Saturday morning, we opened gifts from Nana & Papa.  They are always so thoughtful and generous and creative in their gift-giving.

Funny moment: Meredith opened one of Kris' gifts instead of one of hers.  I apparently wasn't paying attention to the names on the outside of the packages.  She was a little confused when her special gift was a man's shirt! =)

Caleb loves his Lightning blanket.

Our sweet shepherd did great in his Christmas Eve program.
We hosted Christmas Eve dinner for my parents, Warren, Heidi & Kimball, and Brian & Faith (friends from our small group).  Someday, we'll hopefully have a dining room big enough for everyone to sit together.  Someday.

Meredith helped Auntie Heidi put the finishing touches on the yummy gingerbread cake she made...

A few pics from present-opening...

Christmas morning...this was the best we could get of all 3 of them! 
Poor Shane.


Traditional reading of the Christmas story.

Some candids...

**I so wish this one wasn't so blurry!**

 We spent Christmas afternoon/evening at my Aunt Nancy's house...once again, I didn't get too many pictures....and I didn't get any of Caleb, as he spent the time running around with his 2nd cousins...they were all a little impossibly hard to catch! 
But, here are some I did get of our littlest two.

Our best attempt at a family photo...if you look closely, you can see Caleb's fat lip from an earlier cousin-collision.

And, for anyone who (like me) always experiences a little bit of a "let down" after Christmas is once again over, here's some truth and encouragement, and a little bit of fun, in song form.

Hope you all had a blessed Christmas!


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