Thursday, April 17, 2014

Christmas Eve & Christmas Eve 2013

We stayed home the night of Christmas Eve this year. It was a nice evening. I made a turkey dinner (which was quite a feat with a newborn around)! We had my parents and Taylor over for the meal then the kids entertained. They shared their Christmas piano songs they had learned. Bennett played Away in a Manger for Mylie and Coy to sing. Then all three of them sang the arrangement of Silent Night that they had sung for our Ward Sacrament meeting. At the end of the evening, we opened our traditional new Christmas Jammies.

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Nora was the size of a present!
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Christmas Day was fun! The kids said it was the best Christmas ever! (I think they say that every year!)

Mylie got her Bitty Baby and Pink jump rope. (Santa didn't bring the pink hula hoop, because Bennett had already gotten one!) The kids had a blast hula-hooping and jump roping all Christmas break. They became quite the champs!

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Bennett got what he asked for, plus a really fun maze game called Perplexus. It was another hit during the Christmas holiday. Everyone that saw it just had to try it out!
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All Coy wanted was a light saber. Mom did not want him to have one, but Santa was very nice and brought him one. Saying he was excited would be an understatement. However, he has had it taken away several times since he got it ;)
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Nora pretty much slept the morning away, of course. It is always cute to see how small a newborn is compared to their stocking! (As of today though, she LOVES that toy giraffe she got.)
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Sibling gifts are the best. Bennett has loved his four-square ball from Coy. I forgot what it looked like when it was new!
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Mylie gave Bennett a new piggy bank (well it is a football) since Coy broke his old one a few months back.
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I forgot to get a picture of the whole family earlier in the day, so at night when we got home (when everyone was ornery and tired) I insisted we try to get a family shot. I always like one on Christmas to see how the family changes through the years. ...Russ has changed quite a bit since this picture. He has lost about 15 pounds since Christmas. He put on a little baby weight and holiday weight this year ;) (I guess I've lost a little weight, too!)
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And even though the kids were tired, they didn't want to get ready for bed and wanted to play just a little bit more.
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This picture reminds me of the movie Christmas Story. Coy even looks a lot like Ralphie from that movie :)
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