Dec 29, 2008
A Big Fat Christmas Post
We start the festivities off with a little sledding. Not so much sledding as being pulled behind daddy's truck. I was pretty sceptical at first, but after seeing the sheer joy on their faces I consented and took some pics. He drove slowly- and there was not another soul out driving in the neighborhood.
After hours of truck/sled fun they hung out by the fireplace for awhile. The kids really like getting "toasty warm."
On Christmas Eve John took the kids to his parents house for the annual Christmas party. Every year tamales are served for Christmas Eve dinner. This is a tradition from his mom's side. During the depression John's great grandma made and sold tamales. There is usually a Tamale making party to get ready for the feast.
Every year there is a big production to enact Jesus' birth. Jense got to be Joseph this year. This is Karate Joseph.
Ellie getting her little cousin ready to be an angel. Take a close look because it is not common that Ellie and Angel go in the same sentence. Read on and you'll know why.
These are the wise men
The heavenly angels
It is a sweet little program. Last year it switched over from the adults acting it out to the kids acting it out. Due to the size of our family and due to the high fertility therein, there are always several candidates each year for a live baby Jesus. Hudson was as cute as ever and seemed to enjoy his acting debut.
John's mom sews and sews and sews practically all year to make nightgowns for all of her grandchildren. These are two of my sweet nieces modeling their cute nightgowns. Mia lucked out and got two.
Jense with his oldest cousin Savannah. This girl is golden! She always gets put in charge of watching the kids.
Ok- here is where Ellie fills in the rest of the crew of the cousins that "Santa" isn't the real Santa and just "Levi's dad" -Gotta love this kid. Usually we see glimpses of Santa escaping out in yonder field or around the side of the house, but this year due to some VERY upset kids who missed the sighting, Santa actually came inside to see the kids. That actually was a lot of fun for the kids and probably will be a new norm for the years to come.
Daddy reading Twas the night before Christmas to all of the kids.
Jense talked about making cookies for Santa for a month. I think he was more excited about leaving out the cookies than he was opening up his gifts on Christmas morning. Yummy cookies compliments our our neighbors who dropped of the dough. We really enjoyed all of our tasty Christmas treats- and our secret Santa.
Making his finishing touches to his note.
What holiday wouldn't be complete without a titch of identity theft. These are the flowers that I sent to myself!! On the way home from the hospital I stopped to get some last minute gifts. My credit card wouldn't work, which is something that has never happened before. I called the company and they told me that they froze my account due to "suspicious spending" AWESOME! Apparently someone used my credit card number to sign me up for a bunch of online services. Including one from FTD. I called FTD being the detective that I am, to find out where the flowers were being shipped. She told me that according to the order, they were ordered by me for me. Well at least whoever got ahold of my info had the decency to send me some flowers. I couldn't wait to read what the card said ;-) I was thinking it would be a pretty sweet bouquet because it was over $40. I guess six roses are a little more pricey than I thought. I will probably never know how they got my info- I had my card in front of me, and I don't have any statements mailed to me. They are getting tricky. Moving on...
Santa's stockings were a big hit. It was fun to give my parents stockings after years of them being Santa for me. John was the shopper for every ones stockings. He was very thoughtful with his purchases. He also thought he was pretty funny. John has a need to make me laugh or at least try. His Christmas joke was the twilight poster (next to my stocking) which was promptly hung up next to my side of the bed. Ellie keeps asking... "daddy, is that you?"
The opening frenzy! We take turns opening which makes Christmas last a little longer. Ellie ended up with more gifts than the rest of us so we had her open two at a time.
The thank you hug after they opened the gift from one another.
The best thing about Christmas was being home, and being home with this little babino. She is such a sweet baby and is the best Christmas present I could have ever asked for. Christmas is a great time to think about what is important to you and reflect on how blessed you have been throughout the year. I doubt there will be another year like this one. We have been through so much together as a family and are strengthened because of it. I don't take life for granted and I hold that little sweetie pie knowing what a miracle it is that she is alive. Also, I think of her donor family and how they are feeling on Christmas day. I hope they can feel of our gratitude to them. We are incredibly blessed, and have seen many miracles. I now know a greater level of Joy because of Mia. I have a better understanding of the atonement and what the savior did for all of us. Christmas will never be the same for me.
Thank you to everyone who has done so much for our family this year. We could not have made it on this journey without many of you!! Merry Christmas to you all!!