Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Christmas morning 2010

After a perfect Christmas Eve filled with yummy food, sugar cookie decorating, watching a movie and opening the gifts from/to each other, Joey read Luke 2 while the kids acted out(with little stuffed animal nativity characters) the birth of Christ while the fireplace glowed. It was a wonderful evening.Then, the kids nestled in their beds while visions of sugarplums danced in their heads:) They looked so cute in the new robes we bought them and I just am now realizing we never took a group shot of them together! Darn. They were adorable. And of course we had to buy Ammon a "My First Christmas" sleeper. They went to bed in style that night:) When they awoke the next morning, it was magical. So much happiness and so many smiles. It was one of the best Christmases ever- just a warm feeling all day long. They were all so happy with what the received and were so grateful. They shared with each other. They gave to each other. They played nicely. It was just wonderful! I remember sitting and soaking in a few of those "moments" of joy and thinking about how truly blessed I am to have the special family I have. A wonderful amazing husband and sweet beautiful children. I am so grateful for this life! Here are pictures of smiling faces and bits of the wonder of Christmas morning. LOTS of pictures. For the Grandparents:)

Our kids are easy to please. Ella's top item was this little notepad that smells like hot cocoa. She was happy!
Aubrey loves her new sparkly "A" necklace.

A new Webkinz character, Zumbuddy!

Ammon enjoying his new Jumperoo. It has already provided me more free time for me-thank you Fisher Price!

Cali has already dug into her new playdough set and made us lots of yummy icecream:)

Look at that face-she looooves art and was stoked to get a new art set(with oil pastels even-ooh la la)

Never seen kids so excited for erasers! Food shaped erasers are "cool" these days ya know.
The "big" items this year were these really cool little video cameras for the older two. These have kept Aubrey and Ella entertained all week long! They have made Joey and I laugh so much at the things they have come up with. I love to see their little minds at work:) When I was younger, my sibs and I spent hours making commercials and skits and just being stupid. And now the fun continues. They were shocked to receive these(as you can see:)

Cali's "big" item from Santa-an RC Strawberry Shortcake car. She loves to chase Zac with it:)


Ella got a sparkly E purse. Totally Ella.

They also got some Zoobles and a Zooble case. Zoobles are these new little guys, about the size of the Littlest Pet Shop toys, but they are way cooler. They are balls that pop into animals when you put them on their little pods. I actually like to play with them:)

Daddy got a skateboard. Daddy is happy. He used to be a skater back in the day. And he still is. Hes still got it yall. My sexy skater dude.

And Ammon also took it for a ride. Gotta start em young.

I told Joey that I needed some new brown boots and he surprised me with UGGs-WOOHOO! Mama likey.

Ammon studying his stocking, trying to pull the present out. Hes one smart cookie.
Zac wasn't forgotten-he got a new toy and treats. He was pretty good this year too.

One of the gifts to Aubrey from us was this Shutterfly book I made her of her baptism pictures. It turned out pretty nice if I do say so myself:) I hope its something she treasures.

The girls made us sweet cards at school. The best gifts are the ones from the heart! They were beautiful.

This one is Aubreys-pretty dang artistic!!

Out of everything Cali received, her favorite thing was a blue candy cane. She had blue lips and tongue all day long.
After opening the presents from Santa and fron each other, we then opened presents from Joey's parents and sisters. Wow, were we spoiled!? Lots of fun stuff-thanks everyone!! And then my mom and sibs come to visit soon and we get to open more! So, its not over, yea! I don't take down my Christmas stuff until the second weekend in January. I like to enjoy it all as long as possible:)
While the whole Santa/ present exchange thing is fun and creates lots of lasting memories, the times that were the most special however, were the ones where we were all together as a family talking about our Savior. We had a couple of nice FHEs talking about His birth and singing Christmas songs. And I especially loved the First Presidency Christmas Devotional this year. It was beautiful and really brought into our home the true meaning of Christmas. I loved the messages shared and the music from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. I would love to be able to attend that some day! And see the lights at Temple Square! I'm so grateful for our Savior and for His birth. I'm so grateful for the gift He gave to all of us-His life. Without Him, we couldn't have eternal life, which is the greatest gift of all.
I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas!


Marie Rayner said...

Looks like you all have a lovely Christmas Holly. I just think you are the sweetest family. I love you to bits! xxoo

Grammy Staffy said...

I agree with Marie. You do have the sweetest family and you and Joey are the best parents ever. Thanks for sharing your Christmas with us. You guys make me smile.
Happy New Year. Hugs, Grammy Lura

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