Monday, December 26, 2016

Tis the Season of 2016

It all began on Christmas Eve . . . 
 The kids had gotten a bunch of gifts for each other all month long and wrapped them up and put them under the small fake tree right outside their rooms.  The items were handmade things, little toys they didn't want, money, etc.  It was really cute and they were all excited.  Miles had bought a big bag of taffy for everyone.  Cute, cute.

 Christmas PJs!

 What a sweet bunch!  (They were trying really hard all day long to be their very best.  Because, you know, one day of sweetness can wipe out the other 364 days of . . . not-so-sweetness!?  Haha.  :)

 The rest of our Christmas Eve was really nice - we ate our yummy (well only yummy to Ben and myself!) traditional dinner of Swedish meatballs, Lucy played some chords while Emmy sang along to "Joy to the World," Ben read Luke 2 and then we watched The Nativity.  Our final activity was eating our rice pudding - and Emmy had the almond in hers!  That meant she got to make a wish AND (this was new for this year) she would get to chose our movie for Christmas day.

Ben and I had a late night, of course, just setting everything up - plus we watched some old, and slightly odd, movie.

At 1am the 3 youngest were in the bathroom all soaking their feet.  We told them to go back to bed.  I think they were up around 5:30 or so, but they waited until 6:30 - the allotted time - to wake us up!

Christmas morning!  The girls got a gym mat and roll-out beam and lots of leotards from Santa.  See Lucy's face?  It's a classic!  Here it is up close because I love it so:
 Funny and cute!

 The kids got to check out their Santa gift and stockings right away.  So fun.

 Jonas and Miles got drones from Santa.  JOnas is holding a Boogie Board, something all the kids got in their stockings.  Boogie Boards are like . . . digital paper.  You draw something with the special "pen," and then push and button and it's erased!  We're saving trees now!  :)

 Thank goodness that Santa always brings some Legos for Christmas morning entertainment!

 Even the girls were in to building their little sets.

 Cute Emmy.

Then we enjoyed our Christmas breakfast (cheese braid bread, sausage, and orange julius) and got ready for church:
 The kids in their new Christmas clothes.  The boys got suspenders and looked great.  Although I need to teach Jonas some more about fashion - you know, how stripes and plaids don't really match?!  We were running late and so we had no time for a change!  (In fact, this picture was taken after church, since we were running late!)  The girls looked lovely in their dresses, of course.  :)

 Mrs. and Mr. Maxwell.  :)

 The girls playing on their new equipment in their new leotards!

 Nice pose.  :)

After church we came home and opened up our wrapped gifts.  It was fun and the kids were happy with all they got.
 Lucy got a crayon/market set with a bunch of coloring books.

 Jonas got a Harry Potter quill-set and has enjoyed writing letters with his ink pen and parchment paper.  And sealing the letter with a cool Hedgwig wax seal.  :)

 Miles got some lego minifigure set and a book on Lego Animation movies (like his stop-action movies he likes to make).  His big gift was a laptop computer/tablet.  It's pretty cool!  But what's cooler is that he is old enough and smart enough to set it up himself!  Yay!

Emmy's "big" gift was a camcorder/camera.  She shrieked with joy when she opened it!  Lots of picture and videos have been taken in the past day . . . :)

 Mile's boogie board, i.e., digital paper.  He liked his artwork so much he wanted a picture of it.  :)

 We had a delicious dinner of cornish hens, sweet potato casserole, bread from the Gerkes, and Christmas jello.

Jonas had lots of fun learning how to fly his drone!

We finished the day watching the new Annie, as picked by Emmy.  :)

It was a great and lovely day.  I actually really loved having Christmas on Sunday.  We are blessed indeed!

1 comment:

erinmalia said...

Yes! I also loved Christmas on Sunday. So great. Merry Christmas you Maxwells!

Oh, is that one of your new dresses? Seriously so cute.