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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas to All! (click here to view my blog)

Here is a little collage of some of my favorite projects for the Christmas Season. 

We celebrated Christmas on Christmas Eve this year.  We thought the activities were pretty spread out, but wow, we were busy the whole day!  We started with delicious cinnamon rolls from Grandma Tami.  The kids thought they were great and asked for more and more! 

Then we listened to our oldest son, Bryan,  read the Christmas Story from the Bible before the kids opened their presents.  Colby was interested in everything that his older brothers got.  He especially wanted a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle and a flashlight  like his brothers got.  So much for the age appropriateness of a gift for Colby!  I was able to successfully video them opening their presents and especially loved hearing and seeing Ty so excited about one of our gifts!  When Carter opened one of his gifts, a pirate ship, he started singing "Yo Ho, Yo Ho, a pirates life for me".  I remember when we went to Disneyland with the kids, he didn't even want to ride on the Pirates of the Caribbean because it was "too scary"!  
I loved all the special moments I captured in my heart and minds eye over the last few days.  I loved hearing Carter exclaim, "I saw baby Jesus, mommy!"  (He noticed my little nativity set.)  I wanted to cry when Ty told my dad that he asked Jesus into his heart!  When the parents and brothers picked up Colby from his Sunday School class, the brothers hugged Colby, like a little reunion!
Our family grew this year.  Todd's wife, Amanda, was with us this year for the first time.  She was helpful in getting photos taken of our growing family this year.  I can't wait to see them.  I'll be sure to share.  I feel so blessed with our sons and their wives along with our grandchildren.  I was so grateful to have my Dad is good health and able to join us. 
We had a wonderful day and evening going to the Candle Light Service where we heard the Hallelujah Chorus played as a piano duet between Pastor George and his grandson, Ethan.  Precious!  I especially enjoyed watching our daughter-in-love, Amanda, do the signing for the deaf.  She does it beautifully!
My Dad was there for all the festivities.  He was a bit overcome with emotion when my brother, David, unexpectedly joined us for the Swedish Pancake luncheon! 
Merry Christmas to all! 

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