Friday, December 26, 2014

Ho Ho Ho, Merry Christmas

This was the first Christmas that all three of our kids were old enough to enjoy opening gifts and getting new toys. I could not help but document this precious day. It started at 4am when our eldest stormed into our room demanding that it was time to open gifts. My sweet husband tucked him back into his bed, but Joey could see for himself that Santa had stopped at our house. Then again around 6:45am, my sister, who was sleeping on our couch next to Santa's array of gifts, heard wrapping paper frantically being ripped open. As hard as she tried to get him to wait until everyone was awake, he continued on in his quest to find the gift he asked Santa for on his lap, "a toy plant!" (better known as a Chia Pet) As the morning went on, we all enjoyed watching the little ones zip by with a new toy or stuffed friend in hand.


*disclaimer: photos are blurry due to very excited children

"There's that toy plant I asked for!"

Thursday, December 25, 2014

He is the gift

Christmas is a wonderful time of the year because it is spent with the ones we love. It is easy to get caught up in the shopping, gift giving, pie making and more. I love the faint smell of pine needles and peppermint, lion house rolls in the oven, and cranberry sauce. But, my very favorite part about Christmas is the spirit of the season. I feel warm inside remembering that life wouldn't be this great without the gift of our Savior, Jesus Christ. He is the reason for the season. How will you share the gift? #heisthegift  


Joseph playing Joseph in the Nativity

Luca playing the wiseman that brought gold to the baby Jesus.

*family photo credit given to Colin King