We had such a fun (and busy) Christmas! It all started at mom and dads house on Christmas Eve. The kids were excited about all their gifts....a few more than others.....They have been asking for pillow pets FOREVER!!
Gracie also got a mp3 player from Lin and Tim. She thinks she is hot stuff now!
We pretty much had to make Dawit open his presents. He found a dog that Ellie got and just wanted to play with it.
What a cutie!
Of course, we tried to get all the kiddos together for a picture. It actually went well. Proof:
It was such a blessing to watch all the kids on Christmas morning. I was really excited to see Dawit tear into his presents on his first Christmas home....but he didn't care in the least. In fact, on Christmas morning while we were looking at all the things Santa brought, he just kept asking to eat! (I shouldn't be surprised!!) After he ate breakfast and had time to play, he chose one of Avery's babies over all his boy toys. Seriously, we made sure to get him only BOY toys since we mainly have pink princess things.
I ordered both the girls an Africa necklace from Deena. They love mine and beg to wear it, so they were really excited when they opened one of their own.
The girls also got a barbie house. Another favorite.
Here is what our living room looked like BEFORE the kids woke up.
And this is what it looked like AFTER....
We rushed around a bit to get ready for our first stop on Christmas Day. We went to the Armstrong's for lunch. It is always a fun time. There are so many grand kids that our kids just love going over there.
It was so sweet. Lynn sat all the kids down and talked to them about how it was Jesus' birthday, that today was about Him and not about the presents. She gave each of the kids a cupcake with a candle and they sang happy birthday to Jesus!! I was praising the Lord at that moment for all He has done in James' family!
This was the moment I knew Dawit was over all the fun....
He was a trooper though, and so were the girls because after we left the Armstrong's we headed to celebrate with my dad's family. Oh! Was that fun. We did a gift exchange this year that was so much fun!! We also watched a video that my aunt Rhonda made of family memories. It was great. I know she worked really hard on that and did a great job. It was funny to hear all the little kids say, "was that you mommy?" :)
It was a busy two days, but great to see all our family and celebrate the gift of Jesus!
Merry Christmas from the Armstrong's!