Monday, December 30, 2013

Molly's First Talk

In the midst of all of the Christmas excitement, I forgot to post about Molly's first talk in primary!  She got to speak on Andrew's birthday.  She did a great job.

Yep, the last word you heard was candy.  We had to bribe her to do it one more time for the camera.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Christmas Celebration in Pinehurst

Chad and I usually go down to Pinehurst on Christmas afternoon, but this year none of the other cousins were going to be there that day.  Grandma and Grandpa wanted all of the cousins to be able to visit at the same time, so they asked us to come down on the 27th instead.  

Molly headed straight downstairs to play with Amelia and only came upstairs to eat. The. Entire. Day.  She really, really wants a 4 year old sister.   She asks me for one all the time.  I don't have a picture of them playing downstairs all day long unfortunately.  Not sure how that happened.

The boys spent over two hours outside together playing with Masen's new gem mining kit.  He was very nice to let them try it with him. They were sooo cute together as they unearthed each new rock.  They would gather around the guide and analyze the shapes and colors to identify each one.  It was fun to hear them discuss things together so seriously.  Then after each rock was identified, they played some game where they ran around like crazy and then came back to work on the next one.  I never quite understood the concept, but they thought they were hilarious!

Ryan and Evin played Dominoes with their Aunt Emily.  They were going to play Chinese Checkers, but decided it was more fun to make cool designs with the board.  We all watched Despicable Me 2 together that evening.

After dinner we exchanged gifts.  Masen, Madylen, Amelia, and Everett gave our kids a RAINBOW LOOM!  They were so happy and excited to make their own bracelets.  (Anyone who is not sure what I am talking about, probably does not have a child between the ages of 5 to 15.  Or it hasn't hit your town yet.  It is like the new Silly Bands).

We gave both sets of Carolina cousins the game Qwirkle.  It is one of our favorites to play together as a whole family, and we hope they enjoy it, too.

Molly received a Tangled squinky from her grandparents.  She was thrilled!

The boys received Perplexus Maze Ball.  They have played with it a lot since we returned home. I love how all the cousins are so excited for each other when they open gifts.

We gave Grandma and Grandpa a picture book of our trip to Disney World this year.  They gave us a beautiful Jim Shore Santa Train collectible.  It is lovely.  We brought it home and placed it on our piano.  It looks perfect there!

It is wonderful to live near family and to have so many of the cousins together so often.

Christmas 2013

The kids waited until 7am to get us up on Christmas morning.  They waited patiently on the stairs for their daddy to get ready.  

Andrew and Ryan chose to wear blankets over their heads.

Andrew was excited to receive the Lion Chi Temple Lego set from Santa.

Molly was very excited to receive her doll named Holly.

She also received this large tiger from Santa.

And a ballerina Lottie doll.  (Molly's taste is not quite as expensive as that of her brothers).  In her stocking she found a yellow power ranger.

Ryan was thrilled to receive the Republic Gunship.

But was almost more excited about receiving this picture of Mona Lisa.  He had secretly written a letter to Santa requesting the Mona Lisa, and gave him strict directions NOT to tell his mom and dad.  Ryan was so happy to get a copy of the picture from Santa!

 Molly dressed her new doll up in her horse riding clothing, and saddled up the tiger.

After breakfast, eggnog french toast casserole, we returned to the living room to open gifts from each other.

Ryan received a book, two new Skylander characters, Kinnex, and a ukulele from mom and dad.  He received  the Power Rangers video game from his siblings.

Molly received a horse, a power ranger costume, the Bionicle Breeze, and a zookeeper barbie  from her mom and dad.  Her brothers made her this awesome pillow!

Andrew received a book, a basketball, and a bow and arrow set with a target from his mom and dad.  His siblings gave him a Lego Chima game.

I missed getting a good pic of him Christmas morning, so this is that night.  This is the thing he wanted most for Christmas!

The kids spent the rest of the morning and then later that evening building their Lego sets and playing with other Christmas toys.

This is Molly's very first Lego Friends set.  She was so proud of herself for building it!

Andrew finished his set the day after Christmas.

Ryan finished his a couple of days after Christmas.  He did an awesome job!

We headed for a quick stop at my cousin Gina's home and saw Nanie Too-Too at lunch time on Christmas Day.

Then we rushed home to my mom's house to talk to Rachel and Emily through SKYPE on the computer.  I am so grateful for technology.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas Eve

When Chad came home from work, we headed straight over to Nana and Papa's for our traditional Christmas Eve festivities.  

Molly helped Nana make the reindeer cookies Molly requested to have at our Christmas Eve Buffet.  

We also had Christmas ham and tons of other yummy treats.

Molly was very excited to be the angel in our nativity play.  She picked out her whole outfit. The white dress. The fairy wings.  The star wand for the shepherds to follow.  It was so sweet.  She loves playing with the nativity my dad made.

She also loves playing with the tiny people in the Christmas village.

Since we were missing Emily and Rachel, we invited the Sister Missionaries to join us for dinner and our Nativity play.  One of the sisters played Mary, while her companion asked to be the donkey.   They were so much fun and such good sports. My mom was the narrator and dad and I were shepherds.

Ryan played the Wiseman this year.

Molly was the angel.

Andrew played Joseph this year.  The cute Sister missionary handed Andrew her hair to lead her by as the donkey.  She was hilarious!

Chad was the camel.

Here are our little performers.

 After the play, the sisters had to leave.  Papa read The Littlest Angel to us.

We sang Christmas songs and Andrew accompanied us on several of the songs.

Then it was the moment our kids had been waiting for...time to open presents!

Nana had fun disguising gifts for these snoopy little peepers. She had wrapped one of Ryan's presents in a waffle box.  He thought it really was waffles and thought it was hilarious!

He was even more excited to find out it had gummy bears inside.  

 After opening presents, we packed up and headed home to get ready for Santa. We sprinkled reindeer food on the ground.

 Then Andrew wanted to use his new telescope to try and spot Santa.

 When we were done, the kiddos all had a sleepover together and waited for Santa to come.