Saturday, December 26, 2009

Temple Lights...

We went the day after Chrismas to see the lights at the Mesa Temple. It was a beautiful cold night, and it was so much less crowded then it is before Christmas. That was nice when we were trying to keep track of all these kids! I think we will make this our tradition~!





Kissin' Cousins...

My little Jack has his little nose out of joint this week with our little Stacia staying with us. He has been a LOT jealous whenever I pay attention to her. But he does love her--I mean look at her--how could you NOT love her! Watch as he goes in for the kill when we were getting ready to go see the Temple Lights:




SO CUTE--Love these babies!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas 2009!

Jack woke us up at about 7:30 on Christmas morning--and I managed to snap a pic before the kids came down to open presents...SANTA CAME!


We always make the kids line up on the stairs in order before they can come into the living room to see if Santa came. Don't they look cute in their new jammies?


The GINORMOUS bean bag was Dad's idea when we got the card from my parents with a check in it! Thanks Mom and Dad--we will use this thing every day! It is super huge & super comfy!

Then came the presents! Todd always wants to do it in an orderly fashion, opening presents one at a time and taking turns--I always just say GO--and it turns into a present opening frenzy! I LOVE opening presents!





Abby got this tetherball for Christmas--and Todd told her to go outside to see if she could find a tree or something to tie it to, and wouldn't you know it--Santa was way ahead of us!


Definitely the best present came from my brother-in-law, who sent Todd this:

It got put to good use--ALL DAY!



And into the night--when we had 2 extra little ones come to stay with us--Todd's sister Karin's little Stosh and Stacia, who will be with us for 10 days while they are in Israel. See my little twins? I told Todd I should call them Jack & Jill! Ha Ha!


It was a VERY Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!

Christmas Eve...Kids Gifts!

This year we drew names for Christmas, but I tried to make it a little different so I told the kids we were doing Secret Santa this year, and they weren't supposed to tell who they drew. Then, they were supposed to do secret acts of service for this person, and whenever they did service for them or anyone else in our family, they were to write it down and put it in the white "Jesus stocking" that we have on our mantle. I had strips of red and green paper and a pen on the mantle for them to write their service down on. To my surprise, it worked pretty well. Of course the older kids are better at keeping secrets than the younger ones--and it really wasn't hard to figure out who had who after awhile, but the kids were really good sports, and our Jesus stocking is quite full of little paper slips that we will read next year! I think we will stick with this tradition! Anyway, the kids opened their gifts from each other on Christmas Eve--and they really loved them! Just look:
Abby had Ashlie--and she tried to fake her out with the little gift in the big box trick:


Meet Chloe--Ashlie's newest Webkinz. She loves these things!


Ashlie had Josh--and it seriously took her like 45 minutes in the store to find the PERFECT gift for him! Man, was she picky! This is what she settled on:



Emie had Abby, and knew just what she wanted! You see, Abby wrote 3 columns on her Christmas list this year--one for Santa, one for Mom and Dad, and one for Sibling Gifts. She was VERY organized about the whole thing! The only problem? She asked for like $1000 worth of stuff! Needless to say, we helped her whittle that thing down a bit! But the gift Emie bought was on all three lists, so she wanted to make sure she got this new robe. It is a long walk from my shower where she usually showers to her room upstairs, and now she will be cozy and warm--thanks Em!


Josh had Erin, and Todd took him shopping for her, so we really weren't sure what those two would come up with...I think the ASU shirt they picked out was so cute! I want one--it has some BLING! Good job Josh!


Jack drew Ashlie's name--and he found the perfect shirt for her at Tilly's--man, this kid sure has a sense of STYLE! Go Jack!



But the best present--hands down went to little Jack, from Erin. She was SO excited to have him open the perfect present she found at the mall--and sure enough it was a total HIT! She got him a good old fashioned Jack in the Box from a specialty store in the mall, and spent $25--even though the gift limit was $10--because she thought that he just HAD to have it! It was SO funny to watch him pop it up again and again and giggle. We all got a big kick out of it! Way to be thoughtful Erin!



Just look at the concentration--so CUTE!



After the kids presents, we always open our PJ's on Christmas Eve. I found such cute ones for the girls on Aero.com that I bought some for myself as well. My poor children were so embarrassed--apparently it isn't cool when mom dresses like them! Oh well, they were warm and cozy & super cute!


FINALLY, after a super fun, but long night--the stockings were hung, everything was ready:

And Todd and I finally got a few moments to ourselves! Santa BABY! (The teenagers will LOVE that one--HA HA!).

Merry Christmas!
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