The Christmas celebrations are now over and I always think about how we should have done more to focus on Jesus but then I read this lovely sentiment from my friend Karen . . .


i will not settle…

Christmas is so much more than…

no gift in the world is greater than God’s son

i am a child of the creater of the universe

celebrating the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus is a daily privledge

All things I truly believe, the part that struck me the most was how celebrating Jesus is a “daily” privledge, Jesus is the center of my universe all the year through and we try to teach the kids that it needs to be the center of their universe so celebrating Christmas is just a continuation of what happens “daily” in our house (or at least that is the attempt).  And, then I can release myself from some guilt because they definitely know that Christmas is about Jesus and the greatest gift ever given:)

May Jesus fill you in 2011 to overflowing!

Christmas with Kelly’s family

We had Christmas at our house again this year-we like it actually because we don’t have to haul everything out of the house and then home, and Kelly likes to cook.  It’s not that many people and while we clean the house, I’m fortunate that Kelly’s family doesn’t get out any white gloves to see inspect how clean it is (it’s a good thing:))

Everyone always congregates in the kitchen

These two were messing with each other all day, Nate is 21 years old and about 6’3″-we kept warning Ezra not to bite off more than he can chew.  I love their grins in this shot!

Funny story (well, not so much to Tobin & Marian), we had rented Wii explorer challenge from the library a while back and the kids loved it so thought it would be a great gift from Grandma & Grandpa, Kelly found the newest one and had them get that one.  It’s really cool, has a mat (like the “dance mats”), you go on treasure hunts, run from rolling boulders, escape from traps-think Indiana Jones.  The problem–we set it up to play, Ez & Tobin started with some swinging across a river and jumping to avoid alligators. Tobin was doing great but we quickly realized he was really jumping to save his life!  He started crying and jumping and crying saying he didn’t like this game, apparantly it was a bit too realistic.  He won but ran to me and didn’t want to play EVER again.  Ezra didn’t mind at all but Marian kept saying “it’s too scary”.  So, we have this great fun game for up to 8 people to play and Ez is the only one who wants to!  We have to keep it because it’s been opened but later we did get the other one that everyone likes:)

Checking out a photo book we had done for Grandma & Grandpa

Grandma & Grandpa and all the grandkids:)

It was a fun day.

Christmas Morning

Ez & Tobin were the first to awaken, I heard them talking in their room when I got up at 6:45am (sleeping in for me!).  I had a chance to turn all the lights on before they came out.  They aren’t supposed to come out of their room until 7:00 and they actually waited.

Love this shot:)

Marian, very excited about her Furry Frenzie (the Zho zho knockoff-I’m sure that’s not spelled right)

We all got much needed socks in our stockings.

Waiting is hard

Ohhh, an electric pencil sharpener.  A couple of years ago we started a system of gifts, each child gets a need, a want and a surprise.  Since we truly don’t “need” anything, it’s more like a more practical thing and Marian’s was the pencil sharpener.  She was quite excited about it and I was tired of never having a sharp pencil in the drawer.

Ezra taking a picture (with his new camera) of Marian’s Littlest Pet Shop Pets

Kelly finally got what he’s wanted for over a decade-a remote control helicopter

the kids were very excited too

Kelly & Ez reading the instructions for his race track


Tobin playing with his Lite Brite toy, I don’t know what it’s called but it’s not really a Lite Brite, it’s probably a lot safer but it just doesn’t seem as cool as the original.

Ezra helping Kelly assemble his race track, which broke 10 minutes later.  It was sort of a theme for the day-Tobin’s camera didn’t turn on, Ezra’s race track broke & Marian broke her necklace:(  They all handled it quite well.

and they all played with Marian’s Littlest Pet Shop Pets-the most popular toy of the day and the one I didn’t want to get.

Then, we got ready for company-Ezra putting a cookie plate together

and, then everyone setting the table:)

Christmas Eve Day

Just some shots from our day,

more Citiblocs

some snuggles, just LOVE this shot of  Tobin that Kelly took

some cookie making

and decorating-we didn’t have much variety in sprinkles, they didn’t really care but they were not very pretty

and off to Pam & Rob’s for dinner before our Christmas Eve service, Tobin & Ezra were fascinated with Grandpa lighting the candles

Check the next post for “Away in the Manger”.

Happy Birthday Trishy!

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