|Luke examines the snow outside on Christmas morning (notice, it's still dark).|
|Cooper and Luke with the hymn books.|
|Macy is front and center with white sleeves.|
How else did this walking two-year-old tornado contribute to the festivities? Well, a favorite moment of mine happened a few days before Christmas break when I was innocently holding him on my lap during a show and he decided to rear back his enormous melon of a head. I thought he had split my cheek open but turns out it just left me a dandy fine shiner for Christmas. I had fun teasing Mark that everyone was going to think he was a brute (he says I just talk back too much.)
|Jackie's shiner w/o makeup, about a week later.|
|Rachel and Addaboo take a turn.|
|Macy was way excited to have a girl cousin to play with.|
|Bridger and Cooper thought this was a pretty cool pose and commanded me to take a picture.|
Next up was games. First the kids wanted to play spoons since they finally all kind of get how the game works. Macy lost all rounds but one because she's pretty slow but she still enjoyed it. Luke loved it a little too much; he sat on my lap and screamed when I tried to pass my cards down to Leslie. We had to make her a separate draw pile. Then I decided it was the year to teach the kids how to play one of my favorites, Taboo. Macy reads so well I figured we could just pass the ones that the kids didn't know and it would go great, boys against girls. Well, I forgot one very crucial part of the Taboo game--there is a really awesome buzzer. Luke took one look at that thing and it was pretty much game over. He wanted it, wanted no one else to have it, and wanted to continually hold the button down. We had to box everything back up after about five minutes, amidst much weeping and wailing. (Luke's. I was keeping it pretty chill.) Charades went pretty well, other than Mark being a party poooper and refusing to act out "flower girl". Our last game was a big success; we played Mexican Jumping beans. It's kind of like limbo, but instead of going under a stick, you have to hop over it. We stack a broomstick on cans of beans and make everyone try to jump as the stack gets higher and higher. (We allowed a couple of run-up steps on the last few rounds.) I lost big time, only clearing 3 cans before knocking the stick off. Macy and the boys did surprisingly well. Leslie and Mark did really well, with Mark the grand champion at 8 cans high, pretty impressive hops there Mark--must be all that volleyball on Saturday mornings with the fellas. Luke mostly kept out of the way and watched with me from the stairwell. The kids were SO excited and cheering and screaming for their Dad. Boston took a video and Mark thinks it's funny to see that he was so excited he forgot he was filming it.
Christmas Day dawned early--a heavy snowfall brought 5 AM snowplows past our windows and woke up half the kids. They got back to sleep (but I didn't). No presents before 7, so at seven we came downstairs to open the haul. Fun stuff.
|I thought Macy looked super cute in her new striped jammies and her striped tiger hat from Aunt Darcy that she has been wearing almost every night since Thanksgiving.|
|Luke didn't want to wait for breakfast and requested apples. Not one, but two. Well, they ARE red and green...|
|Loved the touch of sass in getting your husband coal for Christmas.|
|Cooper requested pretty much everything football related. And some KitKats.|
|Cooper has loved playing this football with Mark. It has the plays on it.|
|Unfortunately, Luke thinks the football is his. I actually bought a smaller one for Cooper also to give Luke, but Luke knows which one is the good one.|
|Some fancy stuff for my girly girl. We decided to get her these after we found out that she'd been doing puppy dog eyes to the teenage neighbor girls with a "I never get my nails painted".|
|This Grandma knows her girl. (Fancy Nancy).|
|Although the boys got Mario Cart from Santa, I caught the girls playing it together after their rooms were clean.|
The next few pictures are from the second week of Christmas break. I took the kids sledding at a local amphitheater park that we have been to a few times. It was really fun even though the snow wasn't that deep, and the hill was just the right grade for Luke to still hike up it himself, pretty impressive for a two-year-old. Last year he cried when we even set him on the sled but this year he had no problem going down on the saucer on my lap. It helped that the snow wasn't blowing up into our faces.
|Luke, Macy and Cooper on the slopes.|
|Luke hiking up the hill by himself.|