Christmas Eve 2009
We started off the day at Trey's grandparents' house. The girls got some really fun things, we had a wonderful meal and I did not take enough pictures. My photography overall this Christmas season was lacking, but low lighting is hard with the lens I had. Thankfully Trey bought me a new lens that does better in low light. Unfortunately, I didn't get to play with it until after Christmas, so excuse the pics!
Ahh yes. The pajamas.... sigh... Well the absolute nano second we walked in the door, Selah had a "major blowout." The kind that forces you to put them in their ugly pajamas you had stuffed in the bottom of the diaper bag. I was not too thrilled about our Christmas memories having to include yucky pajamas, but oh well... that is life with a 1 year old!
Washed and dried the dress in time to snap a few shots of the girls!
One of two pictures I was in this month=) That's what happens to the picture taker. You're not in any pictures and it's your annoying voice narrarating all the videos! Know what I mean??
Onto Mimi and PopPop's house where we've been celebrating Christmas Eve my entire life!
Lukeyboy seemed very excited about opening presents. He is the most fun kid to give gifts to because his reactions are so over the top. He has such a grateful little heart!
Selah lost a shoe the moment we walked in the door=) Sophie always looks clean and neat and Selah is one of those kids who always looks a bit disheveled=)
Selah Rose with Lillian Rose - two sweeties!
Isn't my mom pretty?
After the kids opened gifts it was onto a little Dirty Santa. Riley has a little mischief in her eye...
Make that a lot of mischief in her eye! Wait, no I think that is an evil laugh. I'll have to post a picture of Elaine's evil eye later;)
Reesie Poo and Uncle David
Like all families, after the gifts are done, we have a magical Christmas Elf come for a visit to talk about life at the North Pole. Y'all do that, right?
The kids had never met Nemo, so they were very anxious and curious to see what he'd be like.
Nemo was delightful and definitely entertained my kids just as much as he entertained me and my sisters/cousins about 20 years ago!
Nemo talked about his daily regimen and gave the kids some pointers. He was a little uncoordinated for an elf though!
When Nemo went back the the North Pole, some of the kids were not happy.
Because we hadn't packed in enough activity into one night, we then moved onto the Nativity. I think from the animated expressions on the childrens' faces, they will all probably have a career in theatre!
Then after the Nativity, PopPop talked to us and prayed for the family.
We love our PopPop! David played some tunes as well.
Then for one more tradition, we all did a candle lighting and sang Silent Night.
Christmas has always been so special to me and I am so glad to be passing on these traditions to my kids!
Selah playing with somebody's shotgun. Don't worry, it wasn't loaded!
Uncle Dave with the girls.
After a very special day, we put out some cookies and reindeer food for Santa and his reindeer. We made sure to use a special cup too!
One Tired Mama!