Thursday, December 29, 2011

Christmas Day 2011

     Christmas morning we woke up around 6:30 a.m.  In all our years of having children, we have always had to wake them up on Christmas.  I guess we are all so worn out from Christmas Eve it's hard to get up, even on Christmas.  Everybody came in to the den to see what Santa brought, and to open presents.  Even Everett was excited this year.  Mainly because most of the gifts he'd opened so far had had trucks in them.  Every time we started to open a present (no matter who's it was) he would be right there to help them.  We could ask him what it was going to be and he would always say, "truck".  Jackson was 12 pages into a new book he opened before we even turned around.  Parker was running around like a madman, not knowing what to rip into first.  After all the gifts were opened I noticed Mia with a long face and I asked her what was wrong.  She said she just wished she had a sister.  Now, I know that she has been praying for a sister since before we had Everett.  I don't know if she expected God to answer her by us announcing we were pregnant again on Christmas morning, but by the look on her face I suspected that's what she thought He might do.  I told her (once again) that we were not planning on having anymore children, but that she was right in her thinking that God is in control of our lives, and we never know what He might do.  I also reminded her how much she really does love all those brothers and about all the girl time we get to have, and will have in the future.  She perked back up after our talk and reminded me that she would just continue to pray for a baby sister.  We grabbed a quick bite of breakfast and got ready to go to Grandma's.  We got there around 9:30 and we opened presents and ate lunch there.  Jeremy's grandparents came over after their church service got out, so we got to visit with them too.  After lunch we dropped off what we had gotten from Grandma's and headed to Pop and Nana's.  They were just about to eat lunch when we got there, so we talked and the kids played before we were ready to open presents.  When everyone was finished we let the kids open their gifts.  It was so funny to see all their reactions.  Parker and Ezra screamed every time they opened something, and had to run around the room and show each other what it was.  Nana had put everyone's gifts in huge bags, so the kids were literally climbing in them to get to the loot.  After all the craziness subsided the kids started getting out some of their toys.  And wouldn't you know, the mini Nerf guns that Pop had bought everybody is exactly what they spent the next hour playing with.  Even Everett got his out and tried to shoot it.  He couldn't quite figure it out, so he'd load his then throw the whole thing at whoever ran by.  We also played a few Minute to Win It Christmas games that afternoon.  We played Don't Drop the Ornament (they had to toss an ornament back and forth while moving backwards and the team that was the farthest apart won), Snow Day (they were blindfolded and had to feel through a pile of hats, gloves, coats, and scarves to put on one of each), and Christmas Cookie (they had to get a cookie from their forehead to their mouth without using their hands.).  It was a really fun day as always.  It reminds me of all the Christmas's I spent with my cousins when I was a little girl.  We're all grown now and scattered out across the state with our own families, so we rarely see one another.  I hope when our kids are grown that they will stay close, not just during holidays, but always.

Pics from our house:

Pics from Grandma's:

 Pics from Pop and Nana's:

Jackson diving to the bottom of his bag

A heated game of headbandz

Flying his new helicopter

This looks sweet, but really he just didn't want anyone else sitting in his chair.

Minute to Win It - The Christmas Edition:

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