We've spent most of the week glued to each other. The post-operative instruction said to stay down for 2-3 weeks. Starting to go stir crazy. I don't think it was written for a little one in mind. We sent this photo series to John one afternoon.
Most patient dog ever...enduring holiday cheer. Don't feel too bad for her, she has pilfered 2 sticks of butter, left over Chinese take out, and who knows how many popsicles from Loaf (and that was just yesterday). Naughty girl. She was also very good about not pulling the pompoms apart and off the Christmas stockings. It was so hard to resist and I had to remind her several times, but I don't think we lost any this year. Huge improvement.
John's darling cousin Catherine brought some old family spoons that she received when their grandmother died. They are etched with K of Kimball and F for Felt. Papa John's, John's grandfather, mother was Felt and these must have been part of her service. Catherine was so kind to give each of us a spoon as part of our family legacy.
The discussion of family lead to Oopa bringing up his father's drafting board. I love to hear stories of their lives and I hope to be able to record as many as I can for my children. It's such an important part of our lives.
On the way home the little boys asked if they could take picture of the lights on Temple Square as we drove past. There wasn't one that was in focused, but there were some fun images. We love this part of our Christmas tradition. The weather has been so mild that a couple of the children didn't even wear shoes to the party.
Christmas Eve tradition that I would like to eliminate is sleeping all together on Christmas Eve. It's exhausting. It started when the girls were tiny and now with so many children I think I try and veto the tradition every year.
We introduced the boys to the movie "Home Alone" this year. They laughed and laughed and laughed. I have never enjoyed this movie until now and only because I adore hearing my boys laugh.
I know a laundry basket isn't very magical, but it was certainly functional to carry all the gifts up on Christmas morning. I love seeing the beautiful trees filled with presents underneath, but that does not happen at our house. The temptation would be too great for most of the little people. Gifts only come out at the very last minute.
The main present of the children this year were a foosball and a pingpong table. We had an extra bedroom, all the children share bedrooms, that we decided would make a great game room. However after setting up the two tables (thank you Fred! You are the champion of this entire project.) and testing them out Christmas morning we quickly learned that this configuration would not work.
Christmas morning with the Kimball's.... they have the most amazing fireplace. What a blessing to be part of this wonderful family.
The first snow of the season is beautiful and so tempting. An unauthorized escape with a sled and a puppy. At least she was dressed somewhat appropriately, a couple of the children went around barefoot all Christmas. Ugh!
While all the other children were too involved in their games to even notice the beautiful snow. While Loaf and Ellie continued their play I grabbed the big camera to capture the antics from the back porch. Loaf chose not to wear her snow pants and a real coat so she got cold very quickly.
Delicious food headed to the party with my family.
After dinner was always have a short program that always inspires despite the fact that we are in irreverent bunch.
Loaf didn't want her googles to get lost so baby Jesus was in charge of watching them. At least that is what she told me when I asked her about them. She has also loved rearranging Grandma and Mutti's nativities whenever we visit. Both grandmas are great to have play options for the children when we visit.
This is what all of Christmas break looked like. We have a a big house and yet the children all seemed to crowd together at times. It usually ended with an argument, but it was still beautiful to see.