Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Christmas 2012

We had such a great Christmas.  This was our second Christmas at the new house and it was nice to be able to decide what worked last year for decorations, and change those we wanted to change.  The kids of course helped decorate the tree (on Thanksgiving Day - a day earlier than usual!!)

M and Uncle S reading stories in front of the tree.

We sat on Santa's lap (three different times!)

This last one was from a special Breakfast with Santa at Silvercreek that we attended with Aunt D & Uncle S.  They put on a really good program - crafts, cookie decorating, face painting, balloon animals, and a breakfast buffet!  It's really a great way to celebrate the season with children.

We enjoyed lots of time with family, hosting the annual family Christmas party at our house, as well as attending Christmas festivities up with our Chicago family members.

Cousins galore!

Christmas morning was as magical as ever at G-ma and G-pa's house.  M proclaimed "I got everything I ever wanted!"  C was slightly disappointed that, despite Santa's best efforts, Santa was unable to produce a blue army tank or a green robotic shark.

Three generations with Grandpa.  C made sure to point out that he opened his mouth on purpose in every picture that night. ;-)

On the Epiphany, as we prepared to take down the tree, I forced the kids kicking-and-screaming into formal attire and insisted on a photo shoot in front of the tree.  This was my favorite of the pictures, currently still the background picture on my work computer, bringing me giggles every day!


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