Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas Dinner

It was just our family for Christmas Dinner.  We had a standing rib roast, mashed potatoes and gravy, cashew honey green beans, spinach salad, raspberry jello salad and garlic cheese biscuits

After dinner Hannah came over to take a few family photos for us.

After dinner the boys headed out to the Blazer game.  Logan had bought four tickets so they invited our neighbor Brock to go with them.  Brock was so excited!  Tessa let him borrow her new Roy jersey so he would be appopriately dressed!

Go Blazers!!!


Christmas Morning!!  Ready to go!

Both the girl's wanted boots and Santa found the perfect pair for both of them!

We had spent weeks and weeks looking for the perfect pair for Cali.  She would send me pictures of boots she saw on other people that she liked and I would take photos in stores of boots I thought she might like - but no luck!  Fortunately over Thanksgiving, thanks to a little help from Aunt Tricia, we found the perfect pair!!

Tessa gave Logan an air popper

and he got a yoga mat and a Dancing with the Stars Video from Cali.  Cali pointed out that "No partner was required" to do the video!!

Clark gave Tessa a Blazer jersey - she'll be well dressed for the two upcoming Blazer games she is going to.

Cali gave me a beautiful photograph of herself that she had taken at school!  Love it!

Tessa surprised me with two tickets to the upcoming Michael Buble concert.  She will be my date!

Logan gave Jim and Clark tickets to a Blazer Game that is tonight - Christmas Night!

Cali put together a wonderful picture collage for Jim and his office.

Santa brought us a new family game we are anxious to learn how to play.

The kids and the mess!


Years ago, when the kids were small and they woke up early on Chritmas morning, we started putting their stockings outside their bedroom doors in hopes that it would buy us a few more minutes in the morning before we had to get up!

Even though we now have to wake them up, the tradition continues. 

Clark doesn't look too excited.  He should have gone to bed before 1:30 a.m!  He did look cute in Cali's new hat though.

Logan was the first one up!

Cali got her hat back!

The girl's both got lots of new colored tights in their stocking.

And Cali got a stocking full of spices for her college kitchen!

The gift cards in the boy's stockings are always a big hit - Happy Panda,McDonalds, Subway....

Grandma had fun watching the action.

and the mess....

Sisters, Sisters, there were never more devoted sisters.....

The girl's and I are watching White Christmas.  The boys are downstairs watching yet another ball game.

I love the scene where the two girl's sing "Sisters, Sisters..."  It made me think of these two cute sisters!!

Here they are  modeling the cute scarves and fingerless gloves Grandma Best made for them for Christmas.

And here they are with their cute Grandma!!

For Christmas Tessa put together a fun photo collage canvas for Cali - it turned out great!

Sbe used the words from the Jack Johnson song with the pictures....
It's always better when we're together....

Things are always better when we're all together!!!

A Visit from the Elves

After our Christmas Eve activities we had a special delivery....a knock at the door.

New jammies for the kiddos!!

Santa didn't do such a good job on sizes with Jim's new jammies!  Just a little too big!!!

Christmas Eve Program

Following dinner we had our Christmas Eve program. 

We started out with some chime playing.

Grandpa was the director this year.

We sounded pretty good!!

We did a little caroling too.  I couldn't find the right glasses and I could only see the music if I sat in a certain spot and held my head in a certain place - the kids thought it was hilarious and took a picture.

We also acted out the Nativity.  Jim and I got to be Mary and Joseph this year.

We recruited the Elders to be Wise men with Logan and Clark.  Yes, we had four wisemen but no where in the scriptures does it actually say there were only three - just three gifts!
The girl's were the shephards and Caitie the Angel of the Lord.

One of the wisemen was a little tired after working at Costco all day!!

After the program we enjoyed the chocolate fountain that Debbie brought!

We then had two games of Ticket to Ride going - it was a late night - 1:00 a.m. was bedtime but it was a wonderful night!!