Thursday, December 27, 2007

Santa Claus Came to Town!!

I hope you all had a very merry Christmas! Ours was so much fun! I love all of our family traditions! I love the anticipation! I love the food! And I LOVE watching my kids' faces (well, Payson's really, since Jack doesn't quite understand yet) as they discover what Santa left them.

Anyway, here's a little peek into our Christmas holiday!!

This is a picture that Payson actually took Christmas morning. She grabbed the digital camera and was getting up close to her favorite ornaments on Grandma's tree and just snapping away. I thought this one actually turned out to be pretty cool. Buzz Lightyear to the rescue!!

Here's Grandma's tree with presents overflowing beneath before they were torn into on Christmas morning!

This is the traditional formal Christmas Eve dinner in the formal dining room with the formal China and everything. We all wear our "formal" jammies. ;)

Santa brought lots of great presents for the kids! Apparently he thought they'd been good this year!

Everyone comes up the stairs in age order: Payson, Maren, Madison, Brennan, and Devin...except for Jack who was carried by Madison.

Payson discovering her new kitchen.

Payson opening books.

Playing with her new baby doll and doctor kit.

Jack enjoying his new excersaucer. Happy little guy! Payson had just as much fun opening his presents as her own!

In an attempt to make Christmas last all day long, after the kids open presents from Santa, we take a break! We have our huge traditional Christmas breakfast (although I have no pictures of it. Bummer, I know). Anyway, we have eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits, hash browns with cheese, juice and assorted jams and jellies. We all eat more than we should and enjoy every minute of it!

After breakfast is all cleaned up we move to the family room where presents are handed out and then we take turns, in age order, opening one present at a time until everything is unwrapped. At this point, Payson got sick of waiting around. She wanted to just play with her toys. So Jason and I opened most of her presents for her.

My brothers and sisters got Guitar Hero 3 for Christmas so a good deal of the day was spent taking turns pretending we were rock stars.

Even Grandma and Grandpa joined in! Jason and I got booed off the stage every time we tried. But eight year old Maren was so surprisingly good at it! Maren rocks!

Jason spoiled me with a gift certificate for a day at the spa (which I have been subtly hinting at for, well, forever!) and my parents bought me a Cricut machine!! (For those of you who don't know, it's a machine that cuts out letters and images for scrapbooking). I'm so excited to play with it more!! So fun!

Anyway, to sum it up, Christmas was so fun! I can't believe it's over already. Oh well! On to New Year's and a month full of birthdays! Happy Holidays!


Scottie & Kimber said...

you got a cricut?! LUCKY! I want one soooo bad! Ok, if you come up for the temple open house (which you must) you can bring your cricut for me to use!!!! Deal?

Paityn and Mark said...

The pictures of Tristan are from Miabella, it's a dress store she modeled for a few months ago. I just copied them from the website.


K your kids are TOO cute! You're SO spoiled you got a cricut! I'm jealous... I can't believe the holidays are over.. weird!

Scottie & Kimber said...

yes!!!!! Any weekend is fine, scott is out of school until the 8th, but its his off track anyway, so he only has 1 night class...i think its on tues and wed, so we're covered there....we have some friends who are going to give up their tickets to the openhouse, so i will ask my friend tomorrow what the date was for their might work out! YAY, im getting excited, you have to come!!!!!