Since last night wasn’t too late (midnight) it made getting up early for 9am church much easier and pleasant.
The kids were wonderful troopers with getting ready in our room and being blindfolded and carried down the stairs. Jacob threw a little fit because he wanted to be blindfolded as well even though we had no fears of him looking at things and telling the other kids 🙂 . Something I just realised while stuffing the stockings, I don’t have a stocking for Jacob! I had to stuff all his stuff in my stocking and that was okay because I didn’t have anything for myself anyway and he can’t read his name. I think I’ll only be able to get away with that for one more year so I better get crackin’ and make him one!
Church was only sacrament meeting. It was a wonderful meeting with letters and recordings from the missionaries out in the field. It’s always such a special meeting when we get to hear from those young men and hear their testimonies of their Savior. We have Elder Scroggins serving in the San Juan, Puerto Rico mission, Elder Noble LaHuillier in Aurora, Colorado, Elder Saylor Taylor serving in the Sierra Leone mission, and the final speaker was Elder Abe Ivie who had returned home just a couple of days ago from Argentina.
We were back in our house by 10:30. The kids were so excited to eat their massive cinnamon rolls! I think this years batch turned out much better than last years. I guess I’m getting better at making them.
We had a great morning and afternoon at the house before we had to pack up and go over to the Johnson house. We did have enough time to get the XBox and Kinect all set up but we didnt’ have enough time to get really far on the set up process. Since this was what we spent the bulk of our Christmas budget on I was a little disappointed that we didn’t get to do more with it but the kids understood what it was from commercials that they’d seen in the past and they were excited by the games that Santa brought as well 🙂 I’ve never been really motivated to get video game systems but this Kinect is really growing on me. The fact that you have to be up and moving instead of sitting on the couch twiddling your fingers gives me more promise than any other system I’ve seen or used as a child.
Everyone but Hannah and LJ were gathered for some Christmas fun! Grandma Pat and Grandpa Les wore their traditional Christmas hats for the occasion 🙂 . They’ve worn those things for the past 9 years, ever since the family started growing with great-grandchildren.
Back during Thanksgiving, we all drew names for who we were going to get presents for. Benjamin drew Joseph’s name and that was a no-brainer as to what to get him. Joseph was ecstatic to find that his brother had gotten him a Yoda action figure! Joseph drew little Ava’s name and that was a little trickier. I happened to find an adorable stuffed owl in the dollar section at Michael’s that had the same colors as her owl themed birthday party. I thought it was too perfect to pass up. Ava continually tried to eat it! Matt drew Greatgrandpa’s name and so thought that some oversized Lakers slippers would be the perfect accessory! Emma was so sweet in helping him to get them on and tie them for him.
Sweet Emma drew Julia’s name and I couldn’t think for the longest time what to get her. Emma kept wanting to get her things like makeup and Barbie’s but since I’m not a huge fan of either of those things with my 6-year-old I didn’t want to impose those things on an almost three-year old. Instead, I made her a little apron with a pot holder and oven mit. For not having any kind of pattern and only using scraps of material that I had on hand I think it turned out adorable. I want to make one for Emma at some point (watch, that’ll never happen).
I made a similar one for Aunt Megan just using different fabrics and Megan got pockets.
It wasn’t much of a birthday celebration, something that I have tried really hard to make a point of having since their birthday’s are right at Christmas time, but we’ll be having a real party in 6 days time.
I hope your Christmas was as merry and bright as ours and that you were able to have loved ones near!!! All our love, The Johnson Family