I always love to see their sweet faces light up with excitement! This year Santa brought the kids exactly what they wanted. Ayden: Mario Kart Wii, Ellie: Ana doll from Frozen and mechanical pencils (this was a big decision for her all the way up until Christmas Eve. She couldn't decide what she wanted most. Mechanical pencils or Ana doll? She finally said as we tucked her in "I guess I'll be surprised in the morning because either one will make me happy." Santa was good to her and gave her both. Tate: Legos.
|Santa brought Taters his very own Legos|
|reading the letters from Santa|
|the posed picture|
|I love the red bow and the child that came with it|
My sisters Danielle and Jillayne and her family joined us Christmas morning to open presents. We always open presents one person at a time so you can see what each person got and their reactions. With so many of us, it took quite awhile to open gifts.
|Spencer got a new watch.|
|wouldn't be Christmas for Ayden without Cougar stuff|
|I caught Danielle off guard for a picture|
|Jillayne and Marlayna|
|me taking a pic of Jillayne taking a pic. Or it could be us both taking a pic of James!|
|Oh the anticipation|
|Mark J. opening Legos from Aunt Chris|
|Jillayne and Loni in all our morning glory.|
Taryn slept through most of Christmas morning.
But then when she woke up, she was in a good mood and let Aunt Dani decorate her head
|she's smiling not crying....promise!|
We were so blessed for Christmas this year. It was fun watching my children get excited for the gifts they had purchased or made. They drew us pictures and wrote special notes, those were our favorite gifts. I loved watching my children do extra chores to earn money to buy gifts for their siblings. We kept our 25 Days of Christ tradition and did an ornament and scripture each night. The kids always made sure to remind us. I made sure to watch corny Christmas movies on Hallmark, don't know why but I love them. I loved that my family was able to share the holiday with us. Being so far from my family, it was nice to see them and spend some time together. We were so blessed from our Heavenly Father in so many ways. We are excited to see what this new year will bring for us.