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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Christmas Review

Holy crazy, long, fun, busy, tiring, awesome week!

The result...my house is a complete disaster, but totally worth it! Besides it's slowly getting put back together, we said our last good-byes to the tree today and tossed it over the edge of the deck. Now all we need is a little tiny addition to the house to store the massive amounts of stuff the kids got and we'll be all set. (Ummm Santa, is there any way I could get just one more thing???)

We started our festivities with looking at lights. We took the kids to Phalen Park where they have a road around the lake you can drive through with tons of lights. The kids were lovin it! We let them sit up front so they could see better (shhhh, we were only going about 1 mph anyway) and Braden kept hitting his head on the front window because he was so excited.

Then it was back home for loads of gift wrapping. Alexa was a huge help, she wrapped up her old shoes and Braden's tractor. I think she figured they could both use some practice, maybe? :)

We also did tons of baking. And by baking I mean making stuff that didn't actually have to be baked, unless you count the break and bake cookies we made for Santa.

Matt's early Christmas present - Braden falling asleep on his lap. It was adorable, and I was in no way incredibly jealous...nope, not at all! :)

Christmas Eve

Opening presents on Christmas morning.

And more presents...all day long.

Christmas 2009 was perfect.

The kids had a blast, we spent lots of time with all our families, we almost made it through half the church service (B just couldn't do it) and we stuffed ourselves full of way too much good food. And I managed to host our first Christmas Eve AND Christmas Day without ruining anything! :)

My Santa Babies!! :)

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!

23 comments:

Pineapple Princess said...

Those are just the most precious pictures. Adorable!
Your blog is awesome, by the way! Love it!! :)

He & Me + 3 said...

WE love to look at the lights too. How fun. I had some helpers to wrap gifts too. I love Alexa's apron. CUTE!
Beautiful family picture too. So glad your Christmas was perfect.
YOur family is adorable.

Katrina said...

Such little cuties you have on your hands! :) It definitely looks like you had a great Christmas!

Alyssa said...

your kids are adorable! We'll have to check out Phalen Park - being able to drive and see a bunch of houses lit up sounds like so much fun!

Carrie said...

What a full and week it sounds like you had. You have such a beautiful family :) Wising another awesome week!!!

TheFancyFritter said...

It sounds like ya'll had a wonderful Christmas! I love the sweet brother/sister pictures! :) How adorable!

sarah kay said...

oh wow! looks like you had an outstanding Christmas. good for you, momma!! God bless, xoxo

B-Dub said...

I seriously covet Alexa's hair!

Glad ya'll had such a great Christmas!

Sonya said...

They are so cute!! I am glad that your holiday turned out so wonderful!! I have got to get me a stocking hanger like that!!

And I bet that Matt just loved having Braden sleep on him. Lauren fell asleep on me yesterday and I just couldn't bring myself to put her in bed. After I napped and about an hour and a half I decided I had to though! She was so tired that she took an extremely long nap. :)

Kathryn said...

looks like you guys had a blast!! I always seem to buy to much stocking stuffers so by the time i have to fill them all the stuff does not fit!!lol..

Anonymous said...

Looks like you had a wonderful spirit-filled Christmas Laura! And your family is way too adorable! I hope the cleanup from Christmas is just as memorable! I'm trying hard to keep today a Vaca-Day before going back to work tomorrow. My goal is to clean out and rearrange the "gift closet"--closet full of extra gifts and gift wrap I get on clearance after Christmas. And then taking Andy to a movie this afternoon :)
ALSO hoping to start the foodie blog this week--I'll keep you posted via Twitter :)
Have a great Monday!
Tara

Lindsay said...

I am glad to hear that your Christmas was so much fun. Cute pics : )

I LOVE that stocking holder thing that you have in one of the pictures! Do you remember where you got it from? I haven't ever seen anything like that...

3LittleMonkeys said...

Sounds like a lot of fun. Love the Santa Babies!

Brianne said...

Great pics!! Sounds like everyone had a great time! Love the apron!!

And congrats on not ruining anything!! I was not that lucky! :(

Jen said...

Laura, thanks for all your thoughts and prayers this week. John is home, has some follow up appts. but he is home.

I love your Christmas summary and pictures. What a fun holiday season it looks like you all had. Let me know if Santa brings you your addition...could use that myself!

Bethany said...

You make it looks so easy! I want to come see how on earth you do it all. The kids looks so happy and that picture of Braden asleep is too precious. I think now that the paci is gone, Hope will not be doing that for me in the near future. :(
I hope the day was a peaceful as it looked in the pictures. Praying!

Mel Fraase said...

Totally beautiful kiddos! Sounds like a wonderful Christmas! Good for you!

mrs. buckster said...

aw, these pictures are so freakin' cute! i am super glad that you all had such an awesome christmas! lucky matt, i love when my babies fall asleep on me, they're just so precious. and oh my gosh, alexa's apron!? so cute! you guys are officially the cutest family ever. miss you lots!

Pennie said...

Great pics! I've never been to Phalen Park! We'll have to do that! Now, did I read that right? Did you already get rid of your tree? Are you superwoman, or what???!!! lol My decorations stick around for at least a week - not because I love them so much, but because it takes me that long to recuperate! lol
Anyhow, I really love your pics - I posted some of our Christmas, too. Love those Christmas pics. They are a little different when the kids are bigger, but they're precious all the same.
Thanks for sharing. You have such a beautiful family!

Heidi said...

GASP!! Kids in the front seat at 1mph, you are a rebel :o)
Love, Alexa's apron and the posing.
Do you ever feel like you could sometimes just squeeze your kids cuz they are so stinkin' cute? Just wonderin'

carma said...

Love those happy kids!! And is that an official stocking hanger - I'm jealous :D

denise said...

oh my goodness...what wonderful memories, details and photos on top of it all! you are so together...i haven't even uploaded my photos let alone gotten my head around blogging about it all...i love the last two shots with santa hats and sibling kisses...

♥Kim said...

Ha! What precious, cute, adorable Santa Babies you got! hehe
Glad to see you guys had a Wonderful Christmas!!!! :)