Sunday, December 27, 2009

Christmassy Stuff - by Brad

The past couple weeks have been full of Christmassy things. For us, the festivities started when Wesley's preschool put on a Christmas program. I think I have raved about his preschool teacher before, but I have to mention her serving heart. Instead of having his program at a school or at a church, she had it at a senior center. This way, instead of just bringing joy to our family, the kids were able to bring joy to many elderly people who love having kids and families visit...




We received a cool advent calendar a few years ago, and it has become a highlight for the boys before bed. Throughout the day they ask whose turn it will be to open the boxes and rearrange the magnetic characters (adventees?).




Tuesday and Wednesday night (before Christmas Eve) we celebrated Christmas with my sister's family and our parents. The kids played hard both evenings and then on Wednesday, we opened a few presents...




It appears that we came out with at least one picture of all the participants (yes, Lindsey does have brown hair now)...


When kids are involved I think it is standard to have one "acting goofy" picture in the bunch. However, I am not sure they usually get posted, so...



Christmas Eve we headed over to Lindsey's parents' house. Her sister Amy came up with a fun game for the kids called "hide the pickle." She hid a green pickle on the Christmas tree and had the kids hunt for it. After a few minutes, Wesley was victorious as the one with the most keen eyes...


Lindsey was snapping pictures and Wesley was making a grinchy face...



Christmas morning was spent at home. My parents and grandma came over to join with us as the boys opened their stockings and the rest of their presents.


Many Christmases have seemed busy and crazy. However, this Christmas was just about the perfect sanity balance of family fellowship and relaxing. Maybe it's because the kids are getting older or maybe it's because I am getting older, but this Christmas seemed a little more reflective of why we are celebrating. God with us.

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