Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Eve

Today we celebrated Christmas at my parent's house. It was such a wonderful day. The kids were giddy with excitement and were all smiles from start to finish (well, until we said it was time to go!). My mom and dad always host a wonderful celebration, and this year was no exception. Great food, thoughtful gifts, fun activities, and relaxation.

My mom had the kids play some "Minute to Win It" (game show on TV right now) games and they were pretty funny. For this one you start with a gingerbread cookie on your forehead and you have to try to get it into your mouth without using your hands. There was a lot of eyebrow wiggling and nose twitching. The video is very funny :)

And for this one you had to fish for candy canes, but you had to hold the pole in your mouth. Davis was very good at this one!
Good cousins, good friends.
The six cousins. Next year it will be seven!
Me and my Christmas sweetheart.
Elsie loved her gifts!
And so did Jenna!
And this tradition has been going on for YEARS (it started long before any grandchild was in the picture). My mom always reads one or two Christmas books to us. Normally they make her cry :)

The highlights of the day for me were:
1. When Jenna opened a gift certificate to learn gymnastics. She was so excited that she immediately went to give grandma and grandpa a huge hug. She was very thankful for all that she received.
2. When Elsie came over to the grownups with her face COVERED in chocolate, and her shirt COVERED in chocolate to ask for a cookie. "Have you had one?" we asked. "No!" she replied with the most convincing look on her chocolate covered face. We all had to hide our laughter as we talked her through the fact that she had actually already eaten a cookie :)

Can't wait for another wonderful day tomorrow! Happy birthday Jesus! We are thankful for the greatest Christmas gift of all, Jesus Christ sent to save.