Sunday, December 28, 2014

Christmas Afternoon 2014

On Christmas afternoon, we went over to Becky's house to celebrate with my family. There are 12 kids, and 13 adults! It was crazy!!
We had appetizers to eat, and the kids played, then it was time for presents!

The only way we get the kids to all sit together like this is to bribe them with the presents!

After pictures, Grandma and Papa handed out their stockings, and ornaments. They all get a new ornament every year. Michael's was a big dump truck!

Michael got a voice changer in his stocking! Highly annoying!

He was very excited about his new flashlight!
 After stockings, we let the kids hand out the presents they bought for their cousins. Each kid picked a name, and bought that person a gift. Leilani picked Michael's name, and she got him a Batman costume!! He loved it, and put it on immediately!

Things get so crazy, that I just had to take a picture of the chaos!

After cousin gifts, Grandma and Papa handed out what they got everyone. Michael got this giant Dusty plane that talks, and he was flying it everywhere! 

I got a fuzzy new blanket and a gift certificate for a massage! Andrew got bullets, a survival kit, a t-shirt and some beef jerky. 

It's always so much fun being with everyone!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Christmas Morning 2014

Christmas morning was wonderful! It is so fun to watch Michael take in the magic of everything.

He woke up around 8:30 and ran in our room asking if he could go look under the tree to see if Santa came. I quick grabbed my phone, and followed him, so I could record his reaction. He is such a serious child, and doesn't make any over the top expressions, and Christmas morning was no different. A sweet little smile crept onto his face when he saw the presents, and then quickly bent down, to try and grab one of the presents. I quickly stopped him and told him we needed to wake up Daddy first.  So, he ran back upstairs to get Daddy, and then all tree of us came back down stairs to open presents. 

All ready to open presents
 Before we opened presents, we read the Christmas story, and made sure Michael understands why we get to celebrate Christmas, and why we get presents.
Reading the Christmas Story
 After the story, he dove right into his stocking.
Opening his stocking
 Then it was onto the bigger gifts.
Iron Man!
 This Iron Man doll was a total impulse buy, after I was done with all of his shopping. But I am so glad I bought it, because it is one of his favorite gifts!
Opening his new Spin Car!!
 Michael saw this remote control car in Costco several months ago, and talked about it constantly. So we went back and bought one for him, and just held onto it for a couple months. He loves it!! And it really is a cool car. Mommy and Daddy have a lot of fun playing with it too!

He also got some hot wheels cars, and some Disney Cars, cars, Candy Land, and a new watch! He thinks the watch is so cool, and shows it to everyone!

Santa dropped by Christmas morning, because he "forgot" to leave one of Michael's presents the night before. 

Opening his present from Santa, a bow and arrow!
With Santa!

Trying out the new Bow and Arrow

Our little family
We had a great morning, and Michael got to play with all of his new toys. We had to leave around 1 to visit family, so we all took showers and got dressed and made our way to Greenville. 

Up next, Christmas Afternoon with the  Cox Family!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Christmas Eve 2014

We had such a wonderful Christmas this year. Everything is so magical and exciting for Michael. He talked about Santa daily, but we also kept the focus on Jesus, and the reason we get to celebrate Christmas.

This is just the first of many Christmas posts.

Christmas Eve was spent at the Wolff's house with lots of family. We had a wonderful dinner, the kids had a visit from Santa, the adults played Dirty Santa with gift cards, the kids got to decorate cookies, and everyone had a great time. Here are just a few pictures of the festivities.

Michael and Maggie

Mimi and Papa with the Grand kids

Michael with Aunt Amy and Uncle Mike

Our little family

Our crazy family

With Santa

Opening gifts from Santa

Just having a little chat with Santa

This Child is so shy, except for with Santa. He runs right up to Santa, and jumps on his lap!
Decorating cookies

All done

Opening his big gift from Mimi and Papa!

A new Basketball Set!!

Friday, December 19, 2014

A Visit with Santa

On Sunday, we went to Cabela's to visit with Santa. It was great. There was hardly any line, and Santa spent a lot of time with each of the children. Michael walked right up to Santa, sat on his lap, and told him what he wanted for Christmas. He asked for a Spin Car ( a remote control car), some race cars (hot wheels) and a bow and arrow.

Here is the picture that they took, which was free by the way.

And here are the ones we got.

We will definitely go back to Cabela's for all of our visits with Santa.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Our Christmas Card - 2014

I'm linking up with Faith at Walk with me by Faith for her Christmas Card Carousel.

This is the sixth year I have participated. It's so fun to link up and see everyone's Christmas Cards.

Here is our cards from 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008

This year, we went for a tropical theme, since all of the pictures are from our trip to Hawaii.

Merry Christmas!