Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Our Christmas

On Christmas Eve, when we're are with Clint's family or just by ourselves, we usually will have pizza for Christmas Eve. It was a tradition carried on from Clint's family. I liked it because it was one less thing for me to do on that day to get ready for Christmas. Well, this year we decided that it might be fun to make our own pizza instead of buying it. At first I wasn't sure if I wanted to do it because I knew that I would be the only one in the kitchen making it. Well, as it came closer to the time that we were to make it, I thought of different ways to involve the kids and Clint to ensure that I was not the only one doing all the work. Everyone was happy to help and we all had a blast making our pizza's. A supreme for Clint and me, and a pepperoni for the kids. It turned out a little doughy in the middle, but still was pretty good. Next time I'll leave it in the oven a little longer. Anyway, we then cleaned up the kitchen and then proceeded with our little Christmas program. We sang Christmas songs from the childrens primary song book. Then, the girls and myself told the story of Jesus with the flannel board. I don't know how much of it they actually understood, because they both had to put on equal number of pieces. It was a little chaotic, but Clint and I managed to help the kids understand some of the story. Then the kids opened their p.j.'s (another tradition), then since it was really late, they went to bed before Santa passed by our house because they were not asleep. Well, Christmas morning came and Yes, Santa did come! The kids came in to our bedroom and wanted to go out and see what Santa brought them. I love seeing the anticipation on their little faces. They lined up in the hallway from youngest to oldest. Then, I went out to turn on the Christmas lights on the tree. Then told them it was o.k. to come out now. We all had a wonderful Christmas and thanks to Grandma and Papa, and all their Aunts and Uncles, the kids were spoiled this year. We truly appreciate our family! Here are some pictures of our holiday....

The picture in the middle is the kids and their new p.j.'s. The girls liked their's despite the look on their faces. The boys got cool boomerangs from Abby and Mom that we made with Clint's help. (They drew their names this year.) The girls got got jewelry boxes that Dallin and Elsa made with the help of their Dad. (Dallin drew Elsa's name and Elsa drew Abby's.) Calvin had Clint's name and he made him a coupon book.
Thanks to Ebay and Walmart Dallin got and Leapfrog Crammer, Calvin got a Leapfrog Didj, Elsa also got a Didj, but pink, and Abby got a princess oven that cooks with cool air. It's pretty cool. (No pun intended). The Crammer and Didj's are handheld video games that help them learn while they're playing. They love them and I love them because I can plug them into the computer and track their learning. Also they can put they're spelling lists, or math lessons right on the didj's and they will go right into the game. Awesome! Another great thing about them is they're WAY cheaper than Nintendo DSi's. I love that they love them. Calvin got a Star Wars and Indiana Jones game and Elsa got a Super Chicks game.
The boys got their tools and toolboxes finally. We got them last year and forgot to give them to them, so we saved them for this year. They loved them. The kids also got the movie "Aliens in the Attic". Clint and I thought it would be a low budget film. We were wrong, it was pretty good and FUNNY. The kids were pretty excited to get it. Thanks Aunt Lisa. The girls got Playmobiles that we've had for a long time and managed to hide all this time from the kids. They loved them. Well, we had a memorable Christmas and we all can't wait for the next one. Stay tuned for our New Years Eve!

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