Friday, December 28, 2012

Christmas Fun

On Christmas Eve we headed to my parents house and got everything set up for our family tradition of eating on our pretty china dishes. I wish I had gotten a picture of all of the kids at the table. They did a great job using the china and I think they liked being served all of their food. Here are the tables though....


I did the Christmas story for the table centerpieces. The wise men following the star, the angel telling the Sheppards of Christ's birth, and of course the nativity under the star....



 
 
My sister Sarah made the cute pine cone trees and roses to make the tables look all pretty. We enjoyed some yummy dinner my Mom made and four different flavors of cheesecake yum! After dinner I read The Night Before Christmas to all of the kids and someone special rang the doorbell...
 

That sneaky Santa left a bag of goodies for everyone. The girls got some pretty cute necklaces!

Then the kids got all dressed up for their part in the nativity play. Sophie and Lydia were angels and we made them some fun wings out of paper plates...

 

Sorry they are not very good pictures I couldn't get them to hold still. Toodles even had a part. She was a good little sheep...




The kids did such a great job and they only got to practice once before dinner. Here is the whole cast!

 
 
We ended the evening with the white stocking and writing down our gifts to Christ.
 
Christmas morning was nice. The girls slept in (Merry Christmas to us!). Sophie was excited that Santa remembered exactly what she wanted! (Which Lydia wanted too)...Princess walkie talkies!
 

Lydia was a bit cranky since we had to wake her up but she got into it once she saw Sophie stacking the presents in front of her...


They had fun opening all of their gifts...



and enjoyed playing with their toys the rest of the day until we headed to my parents for a potluck dinner.



One more thing Santa left....



Their very own Bow and Arrows! They were pretty excited once we told them what they were. Now they are just like Princess Merida form Brave (which Sophie quickly informed us of ).  Sophie will go out and shoot with Chad for a long time and she is getting really good at loading the arrow herself and shooting it with Chad helping her hold the bow. Lydia likes the idea of it and will shoot a couple but then she is done.



 
 


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