We had a wonderful Christmas, celebrating the birth of our savior!
I'll warn you now, this is going to be a long post!!
Our Christmas Celebration started on the 23rd with my side of the family at Granny & Pa's house. I'm amazed at how good our group photo turned out. Getting that many kids to look at the camera at one time on self timer mode is pretty much a Christmas miracle in itself!!
I'm so thankful for all the cousins that are close enough in age to really have a blast together. A Christmas with excited young kids running around is just so magical!
Singing Christmas Carols
It's a good thing we didn't make them wait until the next morning to open presents because Andrew was so excited he could barely leave the tree alone.
After dinner we headed to the Christmas Tree!
It all started out so orderly ;-)
Spiderman Suitcases from Granny were a huge hit !
I didn't know Ben's excavator was going to be such a hit with the bigger boys or I might have gotten a few more!
Ben the Builder!
They are playing with Peyton & Eli Manning action figures. Andrew carried Eli around in his pocket for 24 hours.
A new fun tradition was started, roasting marshmallows for Smores! In Texas we can stand to do stuff outside like this most of the year ;-).
A round of hoops before bed
More Christmas Carols
Lauren sang and played solos, very talented!
Just about bed time, they camped out in Granny's room with their new panda pillow pets
But then it was back up for some booty shakin'
Then they were down for the count!
Adam ended up sleeping with Granny about half way through the night but Andrew lasted all night in his sleeping bag.
The next day was Christmas Eve and we played at the ranch and then headed home to get cleaned up for church. A funny side note that I want to remember, Andrew insisted that it was not Christmas Eve at all because it hadn't started snowing yet. He kept looking out the window for snow and saying it was NOT Christmas Eve. I kept telling him that it doesn't usually snow in Texas but it was still Christmas here but he didn't much believe me. He really wanted it to look like it did in all his books and movies we've watched over the last month.
Dressed & ready for Christmas Eve church service.
I can't believe how grown up the boys are this year
After a beautiful candlelight service we came home and enjoyed cookies and milk just like Santa
The boys picked out which cookies they thought Santa would like: a Christmas tree, green rudolph and a snowflake. Plus a mug of cold milk.
The boys decided they needed to test out the milk for Santa
Then it was time for jammies and Christmas devotional
And at last Baby Jesus was placed on our nativity advent calendar
We read "Twas the night before Christmas" and then it was off to bed. The boys knew that Santa doesn't visit houses where the kids are awake so they went right to sleep!
Then Santa came!
We had lots of sports themes going on, the boys got a soccer goal, soccer ball, flag football set, Aggie football helmets, soccer cleats and shin guards.
Their big gift was something to enjoy together, a spinning bouncing teeter totter!
We put up the baby gate so that no one would see Santa's surprises until we were all together. Adam was ready to go but I don't think Andrew was ready to wake up quite yet.
The long awaited Aggie football helmet!!
After the presents were finished we had breakfast. Pancakes with Nutella, the boys favorite!
After breakfast we loaded up and drove to Gammy & Peepaw's house for more celebrations
Annual Family photo turned out really nice. The boys LOVE getting to play with their Aunt & Uncle who are lots of fun. They definitely enjoy being the only grandkids right now and not having to share Gammy & Peepaw with anyone else.
The boys got some more awesome presents!
Adam was Amy's big helper in the kitchen for Christmas dinner
One of the biggest hits was the Stomp Rocket which lead to endless fun for both the little and big kids ;-)
After a fun but quick overnight trip we are now back home and the boys are enjoying playing with all their fun presents.
They were so proud of their soccer shoes and "sin gardens". Don't know what that is? For some reason that's how they pronounced "Shin Guards", LOL.
Working on their soccer moves
This is a fun toy, Tangoes Jr. They don't usually have much attention span for puzzles and such but this seemed to occupy them for a bit and they were really proud of their completed designs.
Another cool toy from Santa were the Magna-Tiles
Testing out one of the Morphibians from Uncle Casey & Aunt Rachel. Pretty cool!
The boys have had such a blast these last few days. They got so many wonderful presents and are so loved and blessed by everyone in our family!
It's been so wonderful to spend time with all our loved ones near and far. Seeing the joy on my children's faces has been such a special gift to me. I'm so thankful that I get the honor of being Mama to these two precious, sweet, rambunctiously wild but adorable boys. Thank you Lord for sending them to us! And more than anything else we are especially thankful to celebrate the birth of our Savior, our most wondrous and undeserved gift of all!