God has blessed us this year with good health, stable jobs, and a close knit family. I thank Him everyday for His mercy and grace.
Christmas was a lot of fun! We've had decorating, baking, parties, church programs and family. What more could one ask for?
We started out the season the week of Thanksgiving by decorating the tree and house.
We also had several other parties during the month of December but unfortunately I didn't get any pictures.
Next was our trip to Dublin. We were able to go to Dublin for the weekend before Christmas and spend some time with all sides of our family. We don't get to go home often, so when we do we really pack in a lot. We started out at my dads on Saturday, Sunday morning church with Brian's parents, and Christmas with my Mom on Sunday night. It was great to be able to see our family. Just wish we could spend longer visiting and catching up with everyone.
The Fantastic Five
I love these guys!
This was too cute! My Dad and Laura (SIL) were standing side-by-side and eating at the same time.
Jeff! Need I say more!
Uncle Luke and Aunt Laura gave all the grandkids these really cool fort-building kits.
Mama, Chess, and A.
Me and two of my "little" brothers
After returning home, the boys and I made mini gingerbread houses.
The finished project!
On Christmas Eve, we loaded up the van with our hot chocolate and drove around looking at Christmas lights. Just the thing to get us in the Christmas spirit.
Every December 1st we start our Advent calendar. Each night we open a box and pull out a piece of a nativity scene and read a portion of the Christmas story from Luke. On Christmas Eve, we place baby Jesus in the manger and read the entire story.
Cookies and milk for Santa
Mama and Uncle Chess came to spend Christmas with us. The boys woke up at 5:30! When they went to wake Uncle Chess they scared him half to death. It was hysterical but I guess you had to be there.
The boys with their train that Santa fills with candy every year. This year it was filled with Skittles, Jelly Beans, and mini Twizzlers.
"Merry Christmas everybody!"
"Oh what can it be?"
"Bond, James Bond"
Do you know the show "Punkin Chunkin" on Discovery channel? Well Brian saw the commercial for it and the big burly, biker guy was wearing this shirt. Brian thought it was hilarious and wanted one. Now wonder if he will wear it?
My beautiful Mother and Me
One of the most wonderful things about this year is that we actually had a White Christmas. My first ever!
So that was our Christmas! I hope each and everyone of you had a wonderful Christmas and here's wishing you a happy New Year from our house to yours!