Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas Day 2011

Today we celebrate the most important day in history, the birth of our Savior! Happy Birthday Jesus!

We started Christmas Day off by going to church that morning and then having Dean’s family over for Christmas dinner.  We had quite the turnout at our house, Dean’s parents, his sister and her fiancĂ©, his cousins, his uncle, his other uncle and aunt and my parents joined us for dinner.  We enjoyed quite the feast and had a lot of fun visiting with family!
The feast

Don and Crystal

The Grinch

Cousin Daryl

The Jarmen Cousin's

Cousin Alex---check out his EXCITEMENT!

Mom and Dad opening the gift we gave them that is an ornament signifying the adoption that is to come

Dave and Bev opening the pictures we framed for them

Dane opening the pictures we framed for him

Dane used his great, great, grandmothers tablecloths to create these amazing works of art to be cherished for generations to come.

Alex showing how much he loves his new bulldozer we gave him

Mom and Dad opening the photo book we made for them from our Navajo trip over Labor Day weekend

Next Up, time for the puppies to open up their gifts!!
Of course the puppies get gifts!!

So much excitement!

I think they like it

Dean’s cousin knit us a very special baby blanket for our future son or daughter, we will treasure it forever! 
Dean’s mom also surprised us with an adorable baby blanket and handmade stuffed elephant which brought tears to my eyes! 
The beautifully soft baby blanket made by Dean's Mom

Snugglely soft baby elephant for our future little one!

We hope and pray that next Christmas we will have our little one in our arms celebrating Christ’s birth with our families.  
Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas Eve 2011

Our tradition is to spend Christmas Eve with my side of the family and then Christmas Day with Dean’s side of the family.  So for Christmas Eve we went to my brother and sister-in-law’s home for Christmas.  We had a wonderful time hanging out with my parents, brother and sis-in-law and our nieces.  It was a low key celebration.  We enjoyed a Mexican dinner and then my mom made homemade sopapillas for dessert along with my cupcake creations.  We had a nice time and loved seeing the joy and excitement in our nieces faces as they opened up their gifts.
If this expression doesn't scream EXCITEMENT I don't know what does!

Lila loved her new polka dot hoodie

Bella opening her new cowgirl jean jacket gift

Isn't she a doll?!

Lila helping make sopapillas

Dad helping eat the sopapillas

The boys holding down the couch

Bella so excited for Nanny and I to open the gifts she made for us

Bella made the trivets!

Lila giving me the gift she made for me

The trivets Bella made for me!

The girls love their Gramps

Mom opening the gift we made for them- photo books from our trip to Ireland and Scotland

Doesn't this look scream EXCITEMENT?!  Maybe not!

Yeah for new PJ's!

Horsing around!

Looks like Lila won the 'bunny ears' fight

Dad and John trying to figure out the kids toys

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!  Remember that Christ is the reason for the season!