Thursday, December 29, 2011

{Christmas Day}

Christmas morning we awoke to signs that Santa came!
He always leaves the ladies slippers on the stairs with candy inside...
but this year there was a lump of coal in there!
They weren't sure if that was a bad sign or not...
And before the ladies came downstairs I noticed that
the Twix and DP were gone!
Here they are, sleep in their eyes waiting
to go downstairs. Just a little excited!

The stockings.
Santa stuffs our stocking very, very full.
It is his (and my) favorite part of Christmas.
Each year we seem to stretch the stockings just a bit.
Crazy hair.
Sleep in her eyes.
Still pretty darn beautiful.
Love the wonder in Ady's eyes over an umbrella!
She cracks me up!Santa numbered their gifts, and here they are opening #1.
They asked for video camera's this year...
and were a little confused when they opened this gift.
Adyson yelled "A phone!!:
No, she did not get a phone.
But Santa did give them ipod touches.
(Dad had some serious influence here because mom
wasn't super excited about it.)
But, they were a hit, and have continued to be since then.
They are in love.

And Adyson gave Sienna her second favorite gift of the year.
Pop the Pig.
She's been asking for it for a good year,
and has played it about 100 times since.
And in return, Adyson got this fun barbie tent from Roo.
They've had a blast with it all!

I didn't take many pictures this year, because we were just enjoying it all
so much, but we all got way too spoiled, and enjoyed the morning so much.

We enjoyed church after opening gifts. I wish Christmas would
fall on a Sunday every year. It was so nice to dedicate that hour to what
was truly meant to be celebrated. I wish it happened every year!
(Not to mention how much I loved seeing all of our ward family on Christmas Day.
We really love them all!)

We spent the rest of the day at my parents eating too much food
and watching the kids play.
It was just so lovely!!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

{Christmas Eve}

Christmas Eve was spent with the Kidman clan.
The kids were all so excited to get to the presents and party,
but I was able to get them to pose for a quick picture.
We ate dinner and then Grandma broke out her stack of games.
We played the usual 7-11 game with loads of candy.
Travis may-or may not have, hid all the Reeses Peanut butter cups....
The ladies were thrilled with our bounty!
We were in the middle of another game (Guesstures),
when the doorbell rang.
Tiff went to answer it and was quite surprised when Santa
came barreling in!
The kids eyes about popped right out of their heads.
It was so much fun.Each of the grand kids sat on his lap and he
chatted with them all for a few minutes and
then gave them a gift. And then he pulled out gifts for the adults too!
It's been a while since T and I have sat on Santa's lap.
So funny.
All the grand kids thanking Santa before he left to get his sleigh and
deliver the gifts. He made them promise to go to bed early!After Santa left we played the usual pass the present game,
where a story is read and you pass the gift left or right when it's
said in the story. Well, Sienna started out with a gift she didn't
want to give up...and she very quietly tried to pass the other gifts while
holding onto hers. She really thought we didn't notice,
but we were all laughing so hard we were almost crying.
It was too cute!
Somehow I missed taking pictures of the kids opening gifts,
but rest assured, they got VERY spoiled and loved every second of it.
(As did T and I).
It was a lovely night.

We came home to open the traditional Christmas Eve PJ's.
After a quick bath Sienna tried them on and
was pretty happy about them....Adyson's fit wasn't quite as good.
Somehow the store sold us a size 7 top, with size 10 bottoms.
So funny. We tried to teach her the hammer dance before bed.Dr. Pepper and Twix left out for Santa,
Our version of Cookies and Milk.
A reading of the Nativity from the Bible.
And bed.
Sienna was asleep in seconds.
Adyson-hours. I kid you not. Hours.

Christmas Eve is by far my favorite part of the Holiday.
So sad it's over!!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

{Christmas Eve Eve}

This year my side of the family celebrated
Christmas on Christmas Eve-Eve.
It was such a great way to kick off the Holiday!
The ladies were quiet excited to see their cousins!
They played all day long on Friday taking full
advantage of the parents being busy preparing
for the party and tearing Grandmas house apart!

At one point during the day Jody jokingly told
Sienna he was gonna take her on a date to get
some ice-cream.
(He was craving a root beer float and thought
he'd tease her in the process.)
Little does he know,
our kid will do pretty much
for ice-cream.
30 seconds after he said that she came running
into the kitchen and said
"I've got my shoes on, Let's go!"
It was too cute. She's so lucky to have such
great uncles.He took her to get her ice-cream and brought
some back for all the kids.
And a few hours later we were ready to party!
For the Johnson family,
a party is all about the food!

Crab Wontons
7 Layer dip
Cranberry-jalepeno dip
Southwestern eggrolls
Stuffed mushrooms
Mexican ranch dip

Yes, we ate good and were stuffed the rest of the weekend!

Cody and Amy looking good.
Jody and Heather. Aww.
T and I.
Wish I would have gotten a pic of my parents! Grandma let the kids have a picnic in her front room and they were thrilled.Then came games.
The kids loved the race to pull the napkins out
of the box.
(Thanks Bishop for teaching us that one!)

Lucy LOVED the mess!And rolled each other up with TP.
Brielle enjoyed it!
And then it was present time!!
The kids were so excited for their first gifts of the year.
And they were spoiled, like always.My mom made them these darling skirts.
I adore them!
Aren't they fabulous?

The next day we had a little farewell dinner before they took off
for home. Me and Breezy in our purple jackets.
Love this kid!
We came home to prepare for our Kidman Christmas Eve
and found that Mrs. Claus hadn't forgot our tradition.
Each year she surprises the girls with a cute little outfit to
wear on Christmas Eve, and they were so excited to see her gifts
under the tree! Since they were already dressed they saved
them for Christmas day, but I think they were pretty happy
she remembered them.It was a great time with the Johnson clan.
We are so blessed with a great family!

Monday, December 26, 2011

The week before Christmas:

We opened some darling presents from friends.
Cutest headbands ever.

Went to our favorite Christmas party
at my Grandpa Oenes' home.

Somebody wasn't too thrilled about
the new sweater his mom picked out...

We were able to kick off the Holidays
with our favorite people.

And this one kept us smiling all night long.
Love that hubs of mine.And Sienna entertained us with her Christmas
program at school. She was adorable.
(Sure wish I could upload a video, but it's just not working for me!)And then Adyson had her Tavaci program.
She looked beautiful, and dazzled us with her singing.
She was in a special number this year and it was
the cutest thing ever...
You will have to trust me because the videos are still. Not. Working.
To come: Christmas Eve Eve-Christmas Eve-And Christmas Day.
And all the other goodness since then.

How is it already over?