Thursday, December 29, 2011

Our Christmas Story

Here's hoping that everyone was able to share in the Blessings of the Season and to celebrate with those with whom you hold most dear!
We had a wonderful time celebrating and took our time to just soak in the bounty of our family and truly praise the joy that they are in our lives.  It was such a special time.

We got up early on Christmas Day and headed over to Michelle and Shawn's house so that we could be there when the children came downstairs to see their gifts.  We arrived around 7:00, Michelle had called and said that she and Shawn were up already and to come over.  When we arrived they had just woken the kids up!  They were clammoring to come down, but then Bella asked me to come upstairs and see her tree and to look at her special Advent gift, which I was all too happy to do.  Then they were ready to go down and see what awaited them!  Here they are waiting for their cue to come on down...

The excited duo!
Opening a joint gift.
Aiden's turn..
There were so many gifts! 
Santa brought gifts, Michelle and Shawn had their gifts for the children and for each other, Shawn's parents came and brought their gifts for the children and for the grandchildren, we brought all of our gifts for Aiden and some of our gifts for Bella and then Tim came as well and brought his gifts for Bella and Aiden too.  Like I said, lots of gifts!  The little ones were so excited though, it was so much fun to watch them and to be a part of it. The only sore spot was that Aiden had to be at his Mom's house by noon, so we had to say good-bye to him.  Although we all understand it, it would have been nice if the children had a chance to play together before he had to leave for the day.  But, it was a very nice morning.
We then went  home and I put dinner in the oven and Tim opened his stocking and the three of us enjoyed each others' company for awhile.  Mr. Wonderful gave me my gift-a new body for my camera!  I was thrilled, as I have reallly wanted one.  This one has 18 megapixels and is much lighter weight and also takes video.  Can't wait to play with it!

 After a while, Michelle, Shawn and Bella came over and we all opened our gifts to each other.  Bella was super surprised by her new American Girl doll Kit.  I think she was a hit! 

Tim tortured his sister by wrapping his gift to her with 30 feet of tape, making it nearly impossible for her to unwrap and impossible for her to unwrap it neatly!  Shawn was surprised as always, by the extreme nature of our home-in terms of sense of humor, attitude, and well-everything.  Ha!  He is still getting used to us, but I think if we haven't scared him away by now-he's going to be sticking around. 
It was good to have Tim home, even if it was only for a short while.  He was happy to see his dogs and they were happy to see him.  Of course, he and Bella are always thrilled to see each other!

And Bella, well....

We've just got to do something to cheer this child up!  Too bad that she's so shy and camera shy!
Hope you  all made it Merry!

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