Saturday, December 26, 2015

Merry, Merry, Merry!

Good afternoon, it is Saturday.

Hope you had a very merry Christmas! I'd like to think that we did. If you can judge you day by whether or not you ever changed out of your sweats, and never changing out of your sweats is a good thing, then we had a great Christmas Day. Christmas Eve was also great. Our first Christmas Eve at John and Carol's new house. When we wanted a frisbee to burn off some energy, we were able to simply walk to our house. Awesome. I have pics from Christmas and from before. Enjoy:
Santa! We got to visit Santa. This is the picture the professionals took of our family. Cheese! Now it is off to Christmas Eve and Christmas day. Then back to a day or two before. Non-orderly, but works for me.
Cheers! How about a Christmas toast. Jack and I have an ability to spill juice all over ourselves!
Avery joined Preston, Lillie, and I for some frisbee. How cute is she? Yes, that is Lillie's old Christmas dress. The high top sneakers are all about function.
This year we tried something new. Maybe even started a new tradition. Rather than a gift exchange for the adults, we did a white elephant exchange for everyone. This year's theme, mugs. Not wanting to see tears, this years there just wasn't much in the way of steals. Jack drew number two, and unwrapped the best Star Wars mug of all. Then he hid it and made sure no one could look at it, yet alone steal. We had fun, I hope we do it again next year. In true white elephant fashion, Lillie did steal the Grumpy Cat mug from Chris. It read, "I had fun once, it was awful!"
Yes, there were presents. The focus was kids, it was very nice.
Here Hansen and Lillie prepare to light tons of candles as acolytes at the candle light Christmas Eve Service. Preston and I were communion assistants. I was happy to help, the candle light Christmas Eve Service is always very nice.
What/who is this? Oh yes, Miles and a Star Wars mask. We loved having our North Carolina cousins visit and stay the night at our house for a night before moving on to the rest of their vacation.
I took them out out see Star Wars in 3D! Sure, we saw the movie twice, but it was well worth it. Is this the Breakfast Club gang? In the simplest terms, in the most convenient definition...these are cousins. The theater for the 3D show was amazing, leather recliner sofa seats! Even without a movie it would have been a great place to hang out.
The next day I got to take the cousins out for a shopping adventure before dropping them off. Lillie and Miles now have these awesome Star Wars build-a-bears! The rest got cool things too. Hansen chose Harry Potter, Alex chose Zelda, and Claire chose Velociraptors! Awesome.
Cookies! Lillie can transform her nail art to cookies. These look too good to eat.
This day is being spent with a puzzle! Thanks Amber!

See you tomorrow.


Ellen said...

Merry Christmas!

Susanna Powers said...

happy Christmas & New Year!! love, susanna

Amber said...

I can't wait to see the puzzle done! Hope they like it. We did a 300 piece puzzle here, which was about as complex as our littles could handle. The mug exchange is a great idea - I love mugs, and Star Wars, and everything about this post!