The first day of our countdown we made a box to put pictures and notes about what our greatest gifts are. Christmas morning we opened the box and it was FILLED with notes and pictures. Some of my favorites were-
Garret- A picture of a game and a person next to it and the word "prey" (aka pray). He said one morning I lost a piece to a game. I looked and looked and couldn't find it. I said a prayer and found it right away. One of my greatest gifts is prayer.
Garret- A picture of me that says "Mom". In my tummy is a picture of a baby. He says he didn't write it's name because he didn't know it.
Spencer- A picture of him and his brother or his "buddy" as he called him.
Spencer- A painting of the nativity.
It was nice be reminded of what is most important. We truly have blessed lives.
Monday, December 27, 2010
Christmas afternoon we headed to my parents. My grandparents were throwing their annual Christmas party on Sunday the 26th. Living in Buffalo we were not able to make it to very many of them. Even though we couldn't go for very long it was well worth the trip.
We spent Sunday evening with my parents. Here is my Mom all decked out! Her chemo makes her extra sensitive to the cold. She received several cold weather presents. I hear she went to the movies like this!My little sister Leah came later that night and we had a great time talking and being together. Sunday morning everyone played with the kids and relaxed.
One other classic moment in the game was when Mom pulled the sick card. Mom isn't really one to take advantage of the sick card. She had one of the coveted presents and someone came over to steal it. She looks them right in the eye and says "You would take that from me, I have cancer" (or something along those lines). She was busting up the whole time- if only she had kept a straight face she probably could have taken any gifts she wanted!
I could hardly sleep last night I was so excited. The kids FINALLY woke up at 6:15. They did wake up excited and they stayed excited all morning. They loved everything.
We always eat our big dinner on Christmas Eve. Everyone worked together to make the food. The kids were great helpers. They helped with the food and each had some of their own jobs. One of Garret's was to pick something for a center piece. He put the nativity on the table and then spent a while organizing the pieces so they were just right. Spencer picked out the music for the night. We were all so full after our yummy dinner.
With 2 days to go we put together a Christmas package for a cousin on a mission. The boys had lots of fun drawing pictures and picking out a few things to put in. It is going to get there a little late but who doesn't love having Christmas last extra long!
Thursday, December 23, 2010
It's getting so close now! With 4 days to go we did Christmas mad libs, then we each picked one of our favorite Christmas stories to read. Spencer picked Mr. Willoughby's Christmas tree, Garret picked The Miracle of Jonathon Toomey, Adele picked I Spy, I picked How the Grinch stole Christmas and Tyler picked The Christmas Oranges. It was fun reading some of our favorites again.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
On Sunday with 6 days to go we colored nativity pictures and then each of us shared our testimony of the Savior. Garret was very cute and pretty lengthy with what he had to say. Spencer was short and sweet "I know Jesus loves me". It was a nice morning to share together.