Christmas morning started at the end of this post, where you can see in the pictures that it is still dark. So all of these are in reverse order. We had a great Christmas! It was extra fun to have Pat's sister Kathryne visiting.
Charlie's favorite toy was this marble set (or maybe his Bumblebee transformer). I love this set because all the kids have spent a lot of time building different tracks with it.
Charlie got books! We realized that the 'small child' books we used to have for the older kids were mostly missing or practically destroyed. Now we have books to read at night just for him. I had gotten into the habit of reading bigger books each night to the older kids, and was neglecting him!
It's hard to see, but Charlie is showing everyone his church shoes that came from Aunt Steph and Uncle T. They got each of my kids beautiful, nice, new shoes. These were not Walmart shoes people. Leia got boots, and the boys all got Nikes. Incredible! They all had holes in their old shoes and barely made it to Christmas break, so it was perfect timing!
Below is a picture of the Christmas kitties: George and Martha
Charlie with his light saber from Evan. Evan also got Dallas a light saber, Leia a wand, and Sam a few things too. Such thoughtful kids!
I was excited to read the Betsy-Tacy books with this girl, and that they're in print again! They are so creative and fun!
Here's a WONDERFUL book that is out of print, Papa Married a Mormon, but we found one for us and one for my mom. We're reading it out loud right now. It's one of my favorite books!
and Sam about a new tie. He just got a hand-me-down suit from someone at church and looked really nice on Sunday. I just wish I knew how to hem pants. Actually, I wish I had a hemmer? hemmist? on hand to do it for me!
I was glad that I got out cards and gifts to friends, neighbors, teachers, and ward family members, but always wish I could think of someone who grew up without much like I did and could really use some help with groceries at Christmas. I will always remember the person (probably from our ward at church) who doorbell dinged us and when we opened the door, we found two bags of groceries out on the driveway. In it were marvelous foods we never had. I think I remember a ham, and I definitely remember the green and red mint M&M's. Such simple things, but it was amazing to us then.
We ended the year with a really fun party over at the Tuckers house with the Haslers playing games and guitar, and then did the 5 remaining fireworks we found lying around. I am excited for the New Year!