The entire month of December was filled with the Christmas spirit. It was truly one of the best Christmas's that I can remember. We had secret santas come different nights and leave treats and presents
K4 is my first kid to go see Santa without running away screaming or in tears, so I want to just celebrate that here.
Steve's birthday was quiet, but the kids love his tradition of giving them gifts on his birthday (he hates gifts, all gifts and almost always returns them!) and so they were pretty excited.
Steve managed to actually coral the kids before church one day and get their pictures (little hams!)
The biggest event we really had, was Dec. 22, 2012 at 6:30 pm, Steve decided the time had come for Mark to baptize him. On Saturday, two of my sisters and their families and my parents drove in and stayed the night, for the start of our grand adventures.
K2 (our sweet 7 year old) gave the talk on Baptism. She wrote it herself and we were so proud of her. She made multiple copies and cut it out, glued it to scrapbook paper and practiced in the mirror (bless her crafting little heart!). The room was full and it was wonderful to see the many friends and family who came to support us.
My family left early on Sunday, taking K1, k2 and k3. Steve wanted to stay and go to church, so we did. On Monday we traveled to Farmington to be with my 90 year old grandparents. My moms' sisters and their families were there and we ate pizza and opened presents from my grandmother, then everyone carpooled in the snow up to my sisters ranch in Colorado.
4 or my 5 siblings and their families were there, along with my parents. It was a lot of people and amazingly no one got in a big fight, or killed each other. It might have been the fact that all the guys received air soft guns and the war was on for the next 6 days, or it might have been with 27 acres of space, we all had room.
The temperatures were freezing, the fire was bright and the snow was glistening. I have never seen so many Christmas presents in one place, but what a wonderful time we had.
The kids did such a good job, even if my oldest nephew (who might or might not be my favorite) was the narrator, who might or might not have been sitting by me saying, " what the heck, no one's listening anyway, yadayadayada....blah, blah, blah" every few minutes in his narration....it was a good thing for him, it was so loud, no one but Todd and I heard. And Todd started saying it for him... silly boys...
The kids also had loads of fun feeding, chickens, pigs and baby Norman (the calf)
I feel so blessed this Christmas season to have been renewed in spirit and mind by the love and support of my wonderful family. It has given me the renewal I needed to start 2013 off on a good foot! Happy new years, may your family be as blessed as mine