"When you called me to be a Mama, You didn't ask for perfection. But that with every breath, I'd point them to You."

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The first of many...

On Sunday we made the trek across town to my cousin Jodi's house for our official kickoff of Christmas, 2011 with my mom's side of the family. This one is always a wild one with eight kids in attendance ages nine and under.

As soon as we got there, Brandon was hungry. It was past his lunch time and well on the way to his usual nap time. He insisted on sitting on the bar stools like a big kid would do. Independent and stubborn don't do this one justice...

There always is an over abundance of food at Jodi's Christmas. Yes, there are four crock pots sitting here. She owns seven. There was ham, three different kinds of soup, cheesy potatoes... and that's only the beginning. Needless to say, this is the Christmas that Cody looks forward to most. ;)

What's a holiday without football?

 Someone is going to be very excited to open his very own Wii on Christmas day... (and it's not the older one...)

Sweet cousin Lily...

...She just loves the camera... or the camera loves her...

...or maybe I just love her. ;)

In this family, the youngest gets to open first. So here we have it... the first official gift of Christmas, 2011.

Missing a nap can be rough... so we'll just load up on more food and M&M's...

Christmas aftermath. New toys, puzzles to tackle, towers to build, and a sleepy baby. 

...and we ain't seen nothin' yet. 

Christmas week is here. Jaden is giddy every night when it's time to take another day away from his chalkboard countdown. He is more than ready to put baby Jesus in His proper place on the Advent calendar. And Brandon has no clue what's about to happen! When we were sitting watching Christmas shows the other night, Jaden was talking about all of the presents under our tree. I said to him, "But Jaden -- what's the most important part about Christmas?"..."BABY JESUS!!!" he exclaimed.

"...Then rang the bells more loud and deep -- God is not dead, nor doth He sleep..."

Here's to peace in your homes and peace in your hearts this week.