Sunday, December 30, 2012

Christmastime 2012

We had a great Christmas.  I actually think this was one of the best ones I've ever had. Not because I got lots of presents (because I didn't), but because the kids were so awesome! We started off by opening the stockings and everything was just so exciting! "Look, Scriptures! Underwear! SOCKS! Chapstick!" It was pretty great. And afterwards, they wanted to play with all their toys and they just had a great time. For the month of December, I'd decided I wanted to do sort of an advent calendar. I pretty much had an envelope for them to open every morning with something we were going to do that day. Sometimes it was easy like read a book and other times it was something more involved like seeing Santa, making gingerbread houses, looking at lights, etc.  Lots of pictures but this is basically December in a nutshell.
The day after Thanksgiving, Landon insisted on putting up the Christmas Tree. And he immediately started making presents.
Making gingerbread houses with friends.
The whole group.
Landon's weird smile. He was very meticulous.
That's not a bad pictures. Let's add one more kid to that.
What happened? No one was crying! Carly did not enjoy Santa this year.
We kept trying.
Here's Cody telling Santa he's 3, no wait, he's 4.
Landon telling Santa he wants a bike which he got. He wasn't that surprised when he got it for Christmas because he said that yeah, he'd asked for a bike.
Making s'mores as one of our activities.
Carly loved it and made a mess.
Landon thought they were okay.
Christmas mess.
Loving the trains.
Working with Grandmommy on his airplanes he got from them. Again, he was very meticulous and worked really hard on it.
Look at that concentration!
They were very excited to get their own Book of Mormons. Here we are reading them the first night.
Christmas PJ's
Helping Granddaddy put an ornament back on.

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