Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Merry Christmas

Christmas morning is always magical.  I love being just our little big family together. We kept thinks super simple this year in an effort to remember more fully the real meaning of Christmas...and to keep our house from being overrun by garbage.
Santa brought each child 1 toy and a stocking, which was mostly filled with socks.

The anticipation!

Ruby got her first baby doll, which she was thrilled with.

Ammon got a Jake pirate ship.

Seth got Frozen barbies.

Liam got a remote controlled helicopter.

Sariah got a longboard.

Eli got a tent for scout campouts.

and Meilani got a shellac nail kit.  She was expecting a phone, which is why she looks less than thrilled.  Later she told us she was fighting back tears.

Sweet Ruby girl, loving her stroller!

Sibbling gift exchange.  My favorite tradition.  Meilani got Eli headphones that exceeded the required budget, but she wanted him to have nice ones and kicked in extra from her own hard earned cash.

Eli bought Ammon a tent.

Seth opened his gift from Sariah prematurely, so she wrapped up a brick to teach him a lesson.  It was hysterically sad.

Then she brought out the real gift.

Liam got Sariah some crazy ball.

I didn't get pictures of the rest but Ammon bought a jewelry box for Meilani and Seth bought a transformer for Liam.

From Mom and Dad: the coveted phone...well, mom's refurbished one anyway.  Now there's the smile.

Blocks for the little boys.  Paper was flying and I didn't get everything but it was so nice to have a low key morning together.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve was spent at Grandmom's house.  The nativity play put on by the kiddies was the highlight!  For weeks my mom had been asking me about costumes.  In true fashion I threw some stuff together with things I found laying around Grandmom's.

Joseph, Mary and the donkey.

Seth could only be persuaded to be the shepard when we offered him the cane.

Baby Noah was the cutest Baby Jesus.

Sariah was in her dramatic glory.

Ammon as the wise man, insisted on a sparkly crown.  Wrapping paper to the rescue.

We were all having much more fun that is depicted here.  The adults were down right cackling while my sister and I attempted to heard the kids to their spots. 

Auntie got a new puppy named Holly Joy.  She was fun to snuggle all night.

Grandmom with her gift from us.

Dad requested 8x10 photos of all his grandkids.

New clothes for Auntie

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Christmas Cookies

Making Christmas Cookies with Grammy and Titi!