Monday, December 30, 2013

A Very Merry Christmas!

Christmas was so much fun this year especially now that the boys are older and Bennett really gets it.  I feel like Jeremy and I did so much work leading up to the big day then it was over so fast, but all the work was so worth it!

We also talked a lot more about the fact that we celebrate Christmas because it is Jesus' birthday.  Bennett was excited it was Jesus' birthday and wanted to know how old he was going to be.  I told him he was really old, and Bennett said "so he is going to be 9?"  I didn't know how to respond to that.  I guess to a 4 year old 9 seems old!

We started off our Christmas activities with baking cookies for Santa.  You can't leave Santa high and dry so Bennett and I worked hard on making him some really yummy treats!

Silly boy messing around with our cookie cutters!

Decorating our cookies

Walker wants those cookies in his belly!

Testing them out to make sure they are acceptable for Santa :)

Christmas Eve we headed up to Jeremy's parents house to celebrate Christmas with them.  The boys had so much fun opening gifts and playing with Carder.

Helping Gigi decorate cookies

My sweet Walker

Walker was SO excited to get this chair!  He always tried to take over Bennett's chair at home so it was time for him to get his own.

Bennett and Carder got bean bag chairs

They quickly turned into launching pads!

Opening more gifts

Cousins :)

Once we got home we had to get ready for Santa!  Bennett picked out cookies for Santa and put out reindeer food in our yard.  We got them to bed and got to work to get everything ready for Christmas morning.  Celebrating Christmas with kids is so much fun!  I was so excited after we set everything out for them on Christmas Eve and couldn't wait for them to wake up to see the look on their faces!  Bennett woke up around 6:40 and was so excited he said he couldn't go back to sleep, so our morning started early!

Picking out the perfect cookies for Santa

Putting out the reindeer food


The boys ran over to their toys as soon as they came downstairs

Bennett was so excited to see his blue bike from Santa

Seeing that Santa ate the cookies and drank his milk.  Santa also left the boys a little note!

So excited!!

Tearing into his gifts!

After we opened gifts we ate breakfast and let the boys play.  We let Walker take a nap and once he woke up we headed over to Lyndsay and Dallon's to celebrate Christmas with them, my dad, my uncle, Sloan and Mikki.

Ella and Bennett getting ready to open more gifts

Sweet Ryan

Walker's toy from my dad.  All of the kids loved this toy!

The boys playing!

It was a great few days celebrating Christmas with family.  As soon as Christmas is over I feel the need to organize and purge toys to make room for the new toys and take down all of the decorations.  I love the house being decorated but as soon as Christmas is over I want it gone!  We are now recovering from all of the excitement and craziness and getting ready to celebrate New Years.  We are planning a very low key night for New Years Eve and New Years Day we have friends coming over.  Looking forward to a great 2014!

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