Thursday, January 1, 2009

Christmas 2008

Have you seen that new movie called "Four Christmases"? That is a little how Garth and I feel around the holidays. We are blessed to have 3 families who love us and want to see us each holiday so here are our "Three Christmases"

Christmas #1 with the Hamiltons:
Last year John and Lori started the tradition of doing an outing together the weekend before Christmas. I love it! This year we made ornaments at Polka Dot Pottery.

Sydney made an angel.

Carter painted his to be a race car on a track.

Garth did an icicle. (Simple and sweet and I think it was the best of everyones)

These are all the finished ornaments. Mine is the bottom left with the thumb print reindeer for each member of my family. I can't wait to see them when the come out of the kiln. The colors are supposed to be much more vibrant!

After ornaments, we all went to John and Lori's for dinner and presents.

Keith and Karyna gave Carter this awesome trooper helmet and gun.

After a nap, even Derek got into the presents!

Sydney loved the cleaning kit Ele got her. Too bad she doesn't really clean the house.

Christmas #2 with the Fredericksons at my mom's house.
It is our tradition to act out the nativity story. Luckily, there is a new generation of kids to act it out. For a while there, we had some old shepherds!
This year Carter was a Heavenly Host saying "Glory to God in the highest and on earth, peace, good will toward men!"

Sydney was Mary this year and Maxwell (my cousin's son) was Joseph. Once Sydney got into character, she never quit. She was Mary until she opened her new pajamas to wear home.

Lots of fun on Christmas Eve!
Christmas #3 at our house (yay!) with the Giannettos.

We did Santa, famly presents and brunch with Garth's mom, step dad, brother, and grandma. Santa was a big hit this year for all three kids. He got some great deals on Craig's List and the kids were none the wiser!


Natalie said...

That looks like a fun-filled holiday season for sure! I'm glad you had a wonderful time. Your kids are so darling and I can't wait to see who number four looks like.

The Black's said...

Congrats on being pregnant! I just cannot get over how big all your kids are ....and another on the way!
Hey I had a question for ya...I know you also have C-sections and I was wondering how long after did you start to jog?