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Christmas recap 2010

We started Christmas morning by walking downstairs to the family room.  Everything was in the family room and Amanda and I were so excited to see it all again after wrapping presents that evening.

We wanted to start the morning by using the nativity that we had set up in the family room to retell the story of Christ and his birth.  Trying to tell the story in the room with several hundred presents with a little boy was a slight oversight on our part, so most of the story got told in a “hurry up” fashion.  We will try this again next year in a room that is different from the room with the presents….

So we started to bring the presents out to Jonathan one at a time.  The first present was actually a toy that was passed down from someone else a couple days before.  We decided to give him the hand-me-down toys on Christmas so it was all on one day.  Well, Jonathan decided he liked some of the new toys a little too much.  We couldn’t distract him from the toys to his actual presents until I started to open some so that he could see that the presents were also toys.  In all, there was probably a 30 minute delay to opening the real presents.

At the end of the present opening for Jonathan, there was almost no floor in the family room that wasn’t covered with toy or wrapping paper.  I was impressed.  And I think that Jonathan gave equal time to each new toy or puzzle.  It was a lot of fun.

I made cinnamon rolls and coffee cake and both were exceptional.  We decided that all breakfast items should be made the night before.  It was a lot of running back and forth.

Finally, Amanda and I opened our presents.  Amanda got some amazing cookware and a cookbook that I had successfully hid from her for more than a month.  I got a puzzle, wii game, under armour and a football.  I did not get the football fully unwrapped before Jonathan’s eyes lit up and he said FOOTBALL! and took it from me before I could get it out of the package.  The rest of the day and all this week, when I’ve gotten home from work, we have run around the house with Jonathan running with his smaller football and me with my big football.

We also Skyped with my family and Amanda’s family which made the day feel a lot like a normal Christmas even though we are far away.  Our families got to see the carnage of the day and watch him run around.

It was a fun day.  Grace had no idea what happened.  :-)

Things I Love About Grace- at 4 Weeks

I saw this on someone else’s blog, and I thought I would start sharing what I love about my children at each age/stage. It’s a great way of sharing updates. :)

I love…

  • that you’re almost smiling at us now
  • that you’re so much more alert- I love seeing your big blue eyes
  • how cuddly you are- you love being held
  • how big and strong you’re getting- you’re 8 lbs 14 oz and 20.75″!
  • that you’re sleeping 4 hours at a time at night.

We’re so thankful for our precious little girl!

Things I Love About Jonathan- at 20 Months

I love…

  • how excited you get as you explore and discover the world around you.
  • how kind and gentle you are towards your little sister
  • how you are starting to help momma around the house- trying to sweep, vacuum and even put things “away”.
  • how much you enjoy being outside (even though momma’s more of an indoor gal)
  • how you love books- you are always bringing us books to read!
Jonathan helping Momma sweep

Helping Sweep the floor

Playing Outside

 Exploring Outside

So handsome!

So handsome!

Every day is an adventure for you! We love you very much!

Family Worship

One thing we’ve started to implement with Jonathan is having a time together as a family in the morning. We read through a passage of Scripture, pray for each other and then go about our day. Jonathan is obviously too young to understand what is going on, but we hope to model to him the importance of spending time with God and also with one another as a family.One resource that we’ve found is  The site fully launches next month, but it looks like it will be a great resource!