Photos from Christmas 2008!!
We ate our Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve, and for being impromptu (did we not realize Christmas was coming??), it was very good! We had ham, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, rolls, jello, and cranberries. Then we got to have diced ham and scrambled eggs for brunch on Christmas Day! Grandpa Rick came over to watch the girls open presents on Christmas Eve, and we had a great time!
First the girls wanted Grandpa to be an elephant, which didn’t last long at Mama’s urging.
Then they played spin Grandpa in the chair, which lasted a little bit longer since it was fun to take photos of them and they giggled a lot.
Then came the presents!
A new Tinkerbell robe!
A new sweatsuit! Who knew it was so exciting? LOL!
Wearing the jacket…
Daddy’s new jammies!
Now this set has a story behind it. About a month ago, Jon found this Cinderella dress-up dress on clearance at Walmart when he was shopping with the girls. He threw it underneath the cart with some other things on top of it and assumed Olivia didn’t see him sneakily purchase it. Once they got home and were telling Mama about their trip, Olivia asked Daddy where the Cinderella dress was so she could show Mama. Like has happened many other times, Daddy said, “Oh, we didn’t buy that today Livi. We left it at the store.”
She was devastated. Jon almost buckled and gave in–she was that sad. She has asked about the dress at least once a week since then, and Jon and I took to telling her we would think about it and that Christmas was coming soon. Fast forward to Christmas Eve…
Olivia opened the present and exclaimed, “The dress from the store! THANK YOU DADDY!” and ran to give him the most real, honest, appreciative hug she’s ever given.
Did I mention it lights up?
Wait, can’t see it…
And Norah’s favorite present of the night was a new little Dora set, with the “super babies.”
This photo is the girls opening their presents from Grandpa John, but I put it in because my belly looks so huge, LOL!
Okay, the official opening Grandpa John’s presents photo:
New puzzles! Handmade by Grandpa John himself! Of course we had to do them right away.
The finished products:
We also played two games of Gone Fishing (the game where the fish go around in a circle and open and close their mouths and you have to catch them using a fishing pole) and one of Chutes and Ladders.
Now this is Christmas morning, trying out some new presents. Glitter glue pens!
The giant canister of Play-Doh. The four of us sat and played with that for a whole hour!!
Wearing our new Tinkerbell jammies and robes.
Fast forward to tonight, the day after Christmas. Stoeszes are staying with us, and went over to visit Grandma & Grandpa Rustad. It was so amazingly warm that the girls, Jon, and I played outside on the deck for at least an hour! It was 69 degrees when we came back in the house at 8:37pm!
Daddy danced with the girls and sang Disney songs. Olivia was in heaven pretending to be a princess.
The bows, while Norah dutifully applauded from the audience.
But she fell over while trying to bow, LOL!
Learning to curtsy
Taking her turn being the audience
I am a princess!
Norah’s and Daddy’s curtsy.