Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Christmas and the End of 2010

Happy New Year!! I hope everyone had a wonderful end to 2010 and is enjoying a wonderful 2011 so far. We had a busy, yet relaxing, end to last year....

Last I mentioned was all the cooking/baking I had been doing for the upcoming Christmas parties....and we had several! We had the usual Christmas Eve party with my extended family on my mom's side. It was a really nice time....then home to get the kids to bed and put out their presents under the tree.

Christmas morning, Rich's fire pager went off at 3:00 am for a 4 year old girl who was unresponsive and lips were turning blue. I usually don't hear his calls because he is out the door before the tones finish going off and I had wished I didn't hear that one! I lay awake praying with tears in my eyes for a while before falling asleep shortly before he came home. The little girl was going to be fine (more prayers...of thanks!) they think she had an allergic reaction to some medicine her mom had given her a little earlier. Then 5:00 am Rich's pager went off again and he was out the door before I heard what it was. The kids woke up with all the noise and wanted to see if Santa had come. So I videotaped them checking out the living room, but wouldn't let them look in their stockings or open presents until their dad came home....having no clue when that would be!

The kids got to play with this while they were waiting. I got this idea from the Frugal Fun Family blog and spent many craft nights at my mom's creating my own version...

Morgan LOVES cooking in her new kitchen now...but she says she needs a sink to wash dishes :-)

Luckily Rich came home around 6:30 am and that call is a long story, so I'll spare you ;-) The kiddos were excited to check out their stockings and open gifts.

Blake's gift from Morgan-she'd been wanting to get him Legos for Christmas since Thanksgiving!

Morgan got her first locket with pics of Rich and I and Blake inside :-)

We then left a little after 9:00 am to go to Rich's grandma's for Christmas. We opened gifts there, had brunch and did the annual Christmas shot (peppermint schnapps is pretty tasty!)

After that, we headed to my parents' house to have Christmas with my family. We started off by talking about what Christmas was about and letting the kiddos know that we were going to have a birthday party for Jesus. We read a children's book of The Christmas Story and another book focusing on the reason for the season ;-) and then had dinner. After dinner the kiddos and I put together the birthday cake for Jesus (with a special meaning for everything that went on it) and then opened gifts. While everyone was having a wrapping paper ball fight I hid the riddled clues for the candy cane hunt, then we read The Legend of the Candy cane and my sister helped the kiddos hunt down their box of candy canes.

The birthday cake for Jesus.

The kids on the candy cane hunt.

They found them!!! :-)

We also did a the coloring activity after eating some birthday cake. These are Morgan and Blake's colored nativities :-) I was really proud of how well they did coloring...I think these will be kept for a LONG time! :-)
Morgan ended up staying Christmas night with my family (seriously everyone stayed except Rich, Blake and I), so we picked her up the next morning before heading to Rich's very extended Christmas party on his dad's side....it's almost like a reunion with great aunts/uncles, 2nd, 3rd and 4th cousins, etc. It's a nice time, but after the long Christmas day (and the miserable roads!) we just wanted to stay home that day :-/

I was asked to bring Christmas cookies, so I made this :-)

Rich took Monday off from work and we mostly relaxed, then Tuesday the kids and I met with my sister and parents to try on dresses at David's Bridal. My dad took the kids while my sister picked out her beautiful tea length wedding dress and I picked out my little pink dress to wear as her matron of honor :-) After 3 hours there, we went to lunch then the kids and I met Rich after he got out of work at the movie theater to see Tangled. Such a CUTE movie! LOVED it!! :-)
Wednesday, Rich's mom picked up the kids and I after she got out of work. We then got Rich's dad and brother and met Rich at his aunt's house to have Christmas with her and her family. After some yummy pizza and more presents, we made it home around 10:00 pm and were exhausted!
Friday, as New Years Eve, we had a party to go to at Rich's parents'. It was mostly family and close friends of the family. The kids got to see Rich's cousin's little ones (they're really close in age, but live a long way away) and they played and had a wonderful time. We celebrated the coming of the new year and came home to relax the rest of the weekend....sort of.....

Something else that I was asked to bring to the new years party...a BIG chocolate chip cookie-it's the best with chocolate frosting on top!!! YUM!!!!

New Years Day, I read the book Rich got me for Christmas, The Christmas Sweater by Glenn Beck (very good!) and then cleaned out part of one of the steers' pens. When we came inside we worked on taking down the Christmas tree. Sunday, after church, we finished cleaning up the pen and moved the 2 little steers in with the bigger ones in the clean pen. My parents then came over to see what the kids had gotten for Christmas, since they had been meaning to ever since Christmas :-)

And that's about it for our Christmas/New Years activities! (Phew!) I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year as well! :-)


Alexis AKA MOM said...

FIRST off that stove freaking rocks!!!

Crud last year I said I was going to the cake for Jesus. You're the best!

the snowman is awesome, are they cupcakes? or was it a pan?

You always have the most fun!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I love Frugal Family Fun, every idea is awesome. You did a great job. Beautiful locket. So glad that girl is okay, you must hear so many sad stories. Your tree is beautiful. You certainly had a lot of parties to go to. Love the cake for baby Jesus and love how you included so many things about Jesus into your Christmas. Happy New Year!

Nancy M. said...

Wow! Y'all really had a busy Christmas time! Sounds like a lot of fun with the family. I love that stove you made! It's so cute!

PAM said...

I love how well behaved your children are. Sounds like a great time with friends and family.

Nancy said...

We are really enjoying the treats in the basket you gave me. They are so good! Loved spending time with you guys this Christmas.

Aunt Nancy

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

The stove turned out beautifully! I'm SO happy you made it!! I bet your daughter was thrilled!

Best wishes for the new year. xoxo

Alexia said...

The stove is CUTE - what is it made out of...felt??

The cake looks great - did you have a link that explained what everything meant? Share please ;)

And...I'm gonna go take a nap now because just *reading* about all of your holiday busyness made me tired LOL

The Jacobsen Family! said...

Wow, you did an amazing job on the stove! I love Morgan's wish for a sink now... How are you going to create that? ;)
Glad to hear the Tangled movie was good... I can't wait until it comes out on video!
Hope you are all doing well!

Together We Save said...

I love the stove!! Great job!

Brimful Curiosities said...

What a great homemade stove! I've never seen a fabric one before. Such a creative idea.

Cafe Fashionista said...

Your Christmas tree is absolutely beautiful; I'm so glad to hear that you had a happy holiday. Also...that little stove is just about the coolest/cutest thing EVER! :)

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