It was really special to have Christmas Day on a Sunday! After church, the kids went right back to their tablets! :) Before I got the camera, B was leaning on her hand, too and it was just too funny! :)
Later we had Christmas dinner with everyone! The kids had a great time being downstairs with all their cousins!
The adults had probably an even better time hanging out together upstairs!
After dinner we played a fun new game the Nielsens brought to share
I would have to say, this is probably what our kids enjoy most about going to Grandpa Ned's and Grammy Penny's house!
The nice thing about Christmas morning pictures is, they pretty much speak for themselves! :) I do have to note, however, that Hayden's reaction to his race track was priceless! He was so excited he could hardly contain himself! He was doing a little happy dance!
He already knew what he was getting, so I made him pretend to be surprised!
We LOVE the monkey hat, Gpa and Gma A!
We got Innotabs for the kids this year and I was prepared to spend most of the morning figuring it out with them... once they had them, though, they acted as though they'd been using them all their lives! It was amazing! They didn't ask for any help at all!
I must say, Christmas morning with kids is the best! :)
This Christmas, Ken's Mom wanted to do something to really bring the Spirit of Christ into the season! She has a friend that told her about a family tradition they have that they call Christmas in Bethlehem. So, we gave it a try; it turned out wonderful! Ken's Dad and brother, Mark, built a bazaar. They put up a wooden front with sections for different booths. Then we draped the tables with rich colored sheets and table cloths. We pulled different decorations from around the house to add to the theme. Ken even found a translating site he used to write the signs (and all the kids' names) in Hebrew . It really turned out amazing! Then we all dressed up in bath robes and sheets to get into character!
Penny prepared all sorts of near-as-could-be-authentic foods. We had all sorts of breads: bagels, pita bread, Inn bread, pita chips, apple struesel bread
Meat and Cheeses: cheddar, hummus, cream cheese, feta
And Jewish Latkes, which are little potato pancakes made with potatoes, onion, and egg.
Mark also made each of the kids a leather pouch to hold their coins in. We all received an invitation calling us to the house of our ancestors to be counted and taxed. We met at the corner of the road and Uncle Mark took everyone by buggy, to the South Gate.
The kids had to pay taxes to Grandpa and they had to pay Grandma for the food they bought from the bazaar. Then we all sat on blankets to eat.
We even had a blind beggar (Layne) asking everyone for alms.
After the feast, we had a program about the Nativity with song and scripture. My favorite part was at the end when Ned and Penny each said something to us. Penny talked about how when she had children or grandchildren, she never thought she could love another child or grandchild as much as the first; but then how Heavenly Father has blessed our hearts to grow with each new family member and we love everyone so much! It was so sweet! Ned echoed Penny's words and expressed his love for us and his happiness in having us all together.
It was such a memorable Christmas! It brought such a wonderful Spirit and meaning I have never felt before!
We were so blessed to be able to visit Temple Square again this year! I really hope we're able to make it into a yearly tradition! This was probably the best part for me this Christmas! We went to Salt Lake City in the afternoon to visit Ken's brother Shane and his family. We had a good visit, then we decided to visit Temple Square. It was so beautiful, even in the day time! We didn't stay long enough for the lights, but it was wonderful, nonetheless!
The best part of Temple Square (if you're not attending the temple) is visiting the Christus. It was so neat when Bailey saw it. She stood in front of Him and reached up towards the statue. Then she said, "It's like He's hugging us." It was a really special moment and I'm so glad she recognized it!
We also took a quick visit to the Conference Center. I always love visiting that building!
It was such a wonderful experience to share as a family! It really started us with the right Spirit for Christmas!
In the middle of church, Bailey shouts out: I hope Jesus coming!! 1/2/11
Taysum got a card from his Kindergarten Teacher, Mrs. Floy, with a picture of her on it in the mail yesterday. Today he was tacking it to his bulletin board in his room and I heard him say, "I hope my teacher love me!" It was SO sweet! 8/13/10
At the pool, I asked Baiely if she wanted to wear her flip flops in the pool and she said, "No, I wear my feet." 7/10
Ken watched as Bailey tried to put up two fingers. He said, "Are you two?" and she said, "No...Peace!! Grandpa say Peace!" 7/10
We have some silk sunflowers in a basket as a centerpiece on our table. Along with the sunflowers there are some cat tails. The other night, Taysum informed us they are not cat tails, they are hot dog flowers! 6/10
I love the way Taysum's mind works...when I can figure it out! Tonight I made him a grilled cheese sandwhich for dinner; I told him it was hot and to wait for it to cool. He got up from the table and went to a fan we had going. He stood in front of it and opened his mouth wide and breathed in. He came back to the table, sat down and "blew the air" on to his sandwich!! He repeated this several times! I guess he thought the air from the fan would be cooler! Good thinking, T!! 6/9/10
I turned on some music and Bailey said, "Let's rock it, Mommy!! Rock and Roll!" 5/10
After a toot, which he politely excused himself for, Taysum said, "I have a Stinky Pete." (Toy Story II) 4/23/10
"This is the BEST dinner ever!!" Dinner was: chicken nuggets, french fries and pineapple. 9/09
We hung a picture of the Billings Temple in our living room. The next morning when T woke up and saw it he said, "It's the temple! I can't believe my eyes!" 9/09
Mom: Taysum, is Daddy silly? Taysum: No...Daddy's crazy!! 9/09
Some of Bailey's latest fun phrases: "Come on, Daddy (Mommy, Taysum)! Follow me!" "Help! Ayudame!" "Where's Taysum? Hmmm...you see him?" At stop lights and stop signs, "Ready, set....GO!"
"Stubby cake" How Taysum says stomachache. 7/13/09
This little conversation happened the other day while I was doing nothing in particular. Taysum, "Mom, what are you doing? Are you crazy?" Me, "I hope not!" 5/4/09