We had a unique set of circumstances this year. Mark and Gavin had performances for Savior of the World Dec 20, 22, & 23 and have their last two performances the 27 & 29. We decided to stay home and avoid a rushed tripped with family. We are glad we did because we have had a rough week with sickness. We were planning on having a houseful of guests to join in the celebration; however, we canceled our guests and our commitments and decided to hunker down as much as possible to speed along the healing process. We had a shorter than usual church service Christmas Eve that we attended as a family (and lot of cough drops). After church, the kids were ready for their jammies.
This year, the kids participated faithfully with us in the #lighthteworld invitation. It was a beautiful experience to serve as Christ served and live as He lived. We also placed a special ornament on the tree every morning with one of Christ's names and took a few minutes to discuss each of these 25 names. These have been opportunities to remember Him and help our kids understand Him more fully and personally this year.
We are grateful for the birth of our Savior and testify as living witnesses to reality of His power, Atonement, and love! Because of Jesus Christ, we have hope. Because of Jesus Christ it is possible to change and be someone different that we have been in the past. To us, Christmas represents the anticipated hope of centuries coming to fruition. What a beautiful time of year to reflect on Christ and to seek to become more like Him!
Le lost his front tooth #2 just in time to rightfully be able to sing this for Christmas.
Gavin reading for our pageant
Of all the gifts we gave this year, Ship's reaction to his Super Cat upgrade was by far my favorite. I think I have mentioned his normal cape: an old V-Day tablecloth tied around his neck. He was ecstatic to have a real, life Super Cat cape. It even has a letter S on it! It cracked me up to watch how he suddenly could fly faster and was an even better super hero because of it...he jumped off furniture more frequently (and taller than normal)...haha. Life as a boy mom is always exciting. :)
|Dad with Ship and Senn|
|Senn has been one of our healthy kids this week. She sang a solo in our ward last Sunday and did a fabulous job. She was invited to sing again at the branch Sacrament meeting at a nursing home in our area. She sang with her heart!|
|Mom with Ship (and "baby Jesus")---ready to start our Christmas pageant.|
|Mom with Senn and Ship in our Christmas jammies|
|We flipped our mattress sideways (not sure if that makes sense) to turn out queen into a large enough space to watch a snuggly movie with all 6 of us.|
|Leland was our wiseman for the pageant. I love the ear muff. :)|
|Another Dad, Ship, and Senn pic.|
|and our wiseman again|
|Present time...Gavin working away at his huge Lego set|
|Dad with Ship|
|Senn shot some pictures of me in the kitchen. We make ham and funeral potatoes for Christmas Eve dinner.|
|Dad and his jammies...I was dying with the kids' reaction to his new jammies. "He looks like a convict, Mom!" Oh man! Now I can't stop laughing when I catch a glimpse of him in them.|
|Dad about to slice the ham.|
|Senn playing with new Barbie accessories|
|The boys battling with new weapons: candy canes.|
|Gavin playing with the marble run|
|Ship with "Baby Jesus"|
|Haha...yup...he really is picking his nose.|
|Ship zooming around the house so quickly with his new cape that he is a complete blur! :)|
|All Shipton consistently asked for was 4 boxes of blueberry candy canes. Kinda cute!|
|Senn gave me love and kindness. <3|
|Le still building away.|
|Senn organizing Barbie accessories|
|Laaaaate night "It's a Wonderful Life." I kept coughing whenever I laid down, so we came up with a better plan.|
|Dad with Le and Ship playing with the marble run.|
|It's a bird...it's a plane...no...it's SUPER CAT! :)|