Sunday, December 26, 2010

Cherished Christmas Moments

There was something so magical about Christmas this year. Maybe it's the ages of my kids (7, 5, 2 and 20 months), or their innocent child-like belief, or maybe it's just the wonders the season holds. Whatever it was, Christmas at our home this year was so sweet!

Christmas Eve day was a whirlwind of activity. Shopping, baking, cooking, sewing and wrapping filled each hour of the day. That evening though, we attended the candle light Christmas Eve service at our church. It's one of the most beautiful services of the year and I was so grateful to be there. I, for one, needed an opportunity to quiet my soul and re-focus my heart on the true reason for this season! I left there feeling truly refreshed and encouraged-- ready to celebrate my precious Saviors birthday!

Corban actually participated in the services this year.

He played one of the wise men in the children's nativity.

He was very excited to be involved and took his role VERY seriously!

He made one ADORABLE wise man--don't ya think!?!?

After the service, we headed over to my parents house where the celebrating commenced!

We had such a FUN time!

Appetizers and desserts were on the menu for the night.

Everything was DELICIOUS!

We ate way too much, tore into lots of brightly wrapped packages, and laughed until it hurt!

It was simply wonderful.

Riley kept track on the computer, and gave us hourly updates as to where Santa was on his route around the world.
He was so excited about Santa's upcoming arrival!

Before long it was time to get into our cozy Christmas pj's and head home!

Wait- but first a pic of all the precious grand-babies in their Christmas attire!
Look at all those sweet toes!

When we got home, everyone was quickly in bed, dreaming about the surprises that awaited them under the tree in the morning!

Corban woke up around 4am, took a peek downstairs, and then came into our room exclaiming that Santa HAD indeed come. He insisted on waking everyone up, but we vetoed that idea. We were able to convince him to climb back into bed with us and go back to sleep for a few more hours.
Thankfully, he obliged!
Finally, seven o'clock rolled around, and everyone was up!
It was present time!
The first one to find the pickle hiding on the tree is the first one to open a gift.

This year Corban found it first!

The kids seriously couldn't tear into their gifts fast enough!
We tried to bring order to the chaos, but it just wasn't happening.

Paper, bows, and toy packaging were flying everywhere.

Shane and I sat back and watched, trying to soak in the moment!!

Corban made Shane and I this adorable Panther plate at school!
He was so excited for us to open it!

Sophie, by far, was the most animated as she opened her gifts.

She was full of WOWS and OOHS and AAHS as she tore into each presents.
After each gift was opened, she immediately wanted to play with her new toy.
Her tiara and earrings were one of the first gifts she tore into.

She proudly adorned those new accessories the rest of the day. Santa also brought her a princess baby doll.

It was true love at first sight!
Oh, how I adore this girl!!!

The kids were entertained with their new toys, while Shane and I made breakfast.
Cinnamon french toast, eggs, bacon, and fruit were on our morning menu.

Before digging in, we lit a candle and sang "Happy Birthday" to baby Jesus!

Another sweet moment I want to cherish!

After a major cleaning up was ordered, the kids spent the rest of the day attempting to try out ALL their Christmas loot!

Christmas evening, we hosted Shane's mom, step-dad, brother, and sister-in-law for dinner. Of course, much to my kids amazement, there were more gifts to tear into, more wrapping paper flying, more insane toy packaging to try and open, and YES...more mess to clean up.

But, more importantly, there were more smiles of joy, more giggles of delight, and more sweet memories for us to cherish!

My heart is so full!
What a wonderful Christmas!


Hayley said...

Merry Christmas!
P.S How do you get all four of your kids to smile and pose so nicely in pictures? Every time I try with various family members, friends children there's always one that pulls a funny face or doesn't smile, haha

paige said...

Your kids are so stinkin' cute I always catch myself going back through the blog entry at least three times!!!!!

Brian & Ashley said...

Merry Christmas! Looks like you all had a great time!

Anonymous said...

It sounds like your Christmas was fabulous :) You have such a beautiful family !! Little Sophie is SOOOO sweet !! Your boys are the cutest :) Wishing you all a very Happy New Year !

Melanie said...

L-O-V-E ALL of the fantastic pictures! You guys all look so nice at your mom's house (love the pic of her with Sophie, Brooklyn & Hudson!) Looks like such a wonderful Christmas for your sweet family! Sophie & Hudson checking out each other's new ride-on toys is TOO cute! Merry Christmas! (PS: You were good to blog today...we were enjoying the snow & new toys & I never made the I've got lots of catching up to do!)

caycee said...

Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family!! Love the matching pj's :)

PS I noticed you were no longer a follower of mine, and I just wanted to make sure I didn't do anything to upset you!

Love Being a Nonny said...

What a great idea for pajamas! Look at our pj picture this year. I buy all the kiddos pj's every year but it looks like you made theirs....which is what I will do...ummm, have done, next year! :) Adorable!

CarolinaGirl said...

I love seeing your pictures. You capture the best moments, and your children are beautiful. You have gotten so good at sewing too. You may have a christmas pj order from all of your blogging friends. I love those! Have a blessed New Year!

Jill said...

I love their Christmas PJs! :) So cute! I can't wait to see what you made for Christmas gifts this year!

Faith said...

So fun! I can tell you guys had a great time celebrating with everyone. I love the Christmas pj's too - so adorable!!

Lexie Loo & Dylan Too said...

It looks like you had a wonderful Christmas! What cute pictures of your adorable kiddos!