Friday, December 28, 2007

Christmas 2007

Here are a few snapshots of our Christmas this was nice a spread out, a little bit here, a little bit there. Spent the weekend before Christmas in Iowa with the husband's family...sorry no pictures of this part of Christmas yet - didn't have the digital camera at that time! We came back home for Christmas morning and then on to Christmas afternoon with the folks...

Here are some pictures from Christmas morning...the older two tore into their stockings right away of course. We don't do "Santa" - we told the kids that anyone who gives a gift is Santa Claus - we wanted the gift of Christmas and the focus of the holiday to stay upon the gift of our Savior, Jesus Christ. So we don't do big gifts and they know why, they also know that these gifts were from mom and dad. Now as you will see later, these children are not deprived! So many giving family members to bless them in so many ways!

Avery took his time and checked everyone else's stuff too. Steven helped him discover his own stocking.

Huston enjoyed his walkie-talkies. He also was interested in what was in everyone else's stocking a little bit more than what was in his own. He loved the dragon that Avery got more than will now invade the castle that they have already. Every castle needs a pesky dragon.

Now on to my folks' house for Christmas afternoon fun. More stockings for all the kids. The boys cousins came to town from the St. Louis area. It was a mess of paper, kids, toys and a dog...

We had lasagna for Christmas dinner and pie for dessert - cousin Austin made yummy chocolate cupcakes with his mommy (Auntie B) with Christmas green frosting for us to enjoy too.

Just to prove that the kids weren't the only ones to receive gifts...

There were about 15 of us enjoying Christmas together. My brother, his wife and three of their boys were with us...their other foster child spent the holiday with his birth mom.

Last night we took Richard (my father-in-law) out for his birthday dinner and came to our house later for cake. That is when "Papa" and "Grandma" revealed even more Christmas for the boys. Here is Isaiah showing off his new tool set - real tools, just child sized...they also got a workbench that will go in the garage sometime this spring. So Uncle Daniel or Papa or Grandad will have to be giving some lessons on woodworking over the next couple of years. The younger boys will have to join in later.

They enjoyed the safety goggles though...

Well, that's about it with Christmas. I won't bore you anymore, but we did have a very nice time and the boys really enjoyed the many things family blessed them with. Thank you family! Like I mentioned before we try not to make our focus of the season on the gifts, but all that is given is certainly appreciated.

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