Monday, January 26, 2015

a very merry christmas 2014.

And our Christmas! 
Sophia was the first one up, and then woke up Pearl since Sophia promised Pearl that if she woke up first, she would wake her also.  I think Daddy and Charlie were the last ones up. 
We had a wonderful morning opening presents along with Daddy and the kids making crepes for breakfast. Yum! Chris and I have always had a liking for crepes ever since we had them on our honeymoon in Puerto Vallarta. 
I was super excited to watch the kids open their presents. After going over their Christmas lists multiple times, knowing what they would really love and shopping for all ten of them, it brings me such joy on Christmas to bless their socks off. 
We spent the rest of the day in our pajamas enjoying our blessings and each other. It was a very good Christmas! I am so blessed by my children and the grace of God. 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Saturday, January 24, 2015

christmas from papou.

After our Christmas Eve candlelight service, the kids were very anxious to get home and open our presents from Papou. As soon as they hit that front door, they ran to change into their pajamas. 
Since Papou lives in New England, he sends us money and I buy the kiddos all their presents and wrap them labeled ‘from Papou’. 
They tried calling him that night, but it was very late on the East Coast (past his Christmas Eve bedtime) so we all left him a loud and fun message, thanking him for our Christmas gifts. 
I think Tallulah had the best time unwrapping her present, tearing off the paper a teeny, tiny piece at a time. Ha! 
I realized after I downloaded my pictures that so many of them were fuzzy. Ugh! My flash was off. So I wasn’t able to post all my sweeties.

Friday, January 23, 2015

secret santa 2014.

The kids really love our secret Santa gift exchange with each other. When we first started this tradition, the kids were younger and the budget for a gift was $1.00. That basically meant that everyone picked something from the dollar bins at Target. Over time we raised it to $5, and now the budget is $10, which Chris and I supply to all the kiddos. 
So on the morning of Christmas eve, the kids were extremely excited and all jumped in my bed when they woke up. They had a blast giving their presents to each other and revealing who they ‘bought’ a present for. This is definitely a fun time when you are from a large family. They even thought wrapping them was fun! They’re so silly.