After a full week of sickness at our house we were happy that we were all not fevered and not throwing up on Christmas. For the entire week I had been praying for that and was thankful that God was merciful and gave us that gift for Christmas. :-) We had a very nice Christmas morning at our house in spite of the fact that a very excited Andrew woke us all up at 5:30 to open presents. :-) Little Lady was none too thrilled and we didn't even both waking up Chunky Monkey . . . we let him sleep through the gifts. :-)
Then it was off to Grandma and Grandpa Carr's house for our breakfast feast and gift exchange. My parents make a BIG DEAL of Christmas and its so fun to have traditions, amazing food, stockings, gifts galore, and cousins to share it all with. Thanks to my parents for once again working themselves to the bone to make sure it's perfect for everyone.
My brother in law brought a huge box from his work for the kids to turn into a house . . . I think they enjoyed this as much as the gifts!
Grandpa giving the annual whipped cream mouthful to all the kids.
LOL, no words . . .
We decided to start something new this year and invited Daniel and Tyler to a sleepover with Andrew the night after Christmas. The boys had a GREAT time and so did we . . . we might just make this a yearly tradition! Here they are in the pitch black (except for their flashlights) looking for hidden tickets . . . (you can see one on top of the photo on the wall) the tickets had names on them for the "Minivan express".
Once they all found their tickets we headed to the city park to look at Christmas lights. Since our kids had all been sick this was the first time we had been out to see them so Little Lady and Chunky Monkey especially enjoyed them . . . although the boys were really into it too. Our city park does a real nice job of making the lights a big deal.
Then home to decorate our own Chrismas Gingerbread train and movie time.
It took them a little while to get the giggles out but after that they were out like a light. Fun, fun night! The next evening my parents surprised us all with a dinner at the local Japanese steakhouse. some of the kids had never seen the entertainment factor of them cooking in front of you before, so it was a real treat! Excellent food didn't hurt either . . . :-) This was only HALF of our group . . . took two grills and two chefs to hold us all.
Some hot tub action . . . :-)
Then Grandma had the kids each make their own pizzas for lunch . .. they had a great time picking out their toppings and making it just right. This has really been a great break. Because of a special event with Tim's family after the new year, we postponed our annual trip there and it has allowed for extra time with my extended family. Just what we needed after being cooped inside for an entire week. Thanks to my parents for making this so extra special for everyone.