Monday, January 2, 2012

Christmas 2011

*Warning* Picture overload

We had a fabulous Christmas this year full of fun activities and lots of time with family. Bill's parents were here for about a week, then Bill's younger brother and his wife came for a couple of days. We unfortunately didn't get pictures of everything, but here are some of the highlights.

The annual decorating of the Christmas tree

Will helping me make cookies

Gingerbread houses with Bobby and Susan

Our family went with the traditional looking house

Bobby and Susan's family decided to make a stage, complete with a chorus line in the background. Knowing their daughter Alice, a stage makes perfect sense.

Acting out the Nativity on Christmas Eve

Shepherds (Alice and Will) and sheep (Kayla)

Shepherds coming to see baby Jesus, Mary (Grandma Evans) and Joseph (Robert/Susan)

Wise Men (Alice, Will and Kayla) talking with King Herod (Bobby). Bobby's face in this picture was perfect.

Wise Men bringing gifts to Jesus

Christmas Morning

Candy Cane Coffee Cake - Before


Waiting patiently for breakfast

Opening Presents

Uncle Jonny and Aunt Brooke

Brooke and Jonny came for a brief visit, but definitely made the most of it and quickly became very popular with all the kids. We went to the toy room near our apartment, and they spent the majority of the time spinning, flying, and tackling our kids.

Alice and Kayla burying Uncle Jonny

Will and Alice wanted to be just like Aunt Brooke and Uncle Jonny (see previous picture).

Other highlights not pictured:

-Christmas Eve dinner. Susan decided to do a "shepherd's feast." We had lentil soup, artisan bread, cantaloupe, and other yummy things.
-Christmas Day dinner. We were the hosts this time, and had ham, mashed potatoes, salad, bread, and homemade peppermint ice cream.
-Bowling. So much fun! The first round was adults versus kids. I think Will beat almost everyone. I didn't do so hot that round, but definitely made up for it the second round, which was boys versus girls.
-Spending almost a whole day with Jonny and Brooke. They were at our house for almost a whole afternoon and evening, and we had so much fun chatting, playing games, eating pizza, and they even made us some butterbeer (think Harry Potter).

Hope everyone had as wonderful a Christmas as we did!


Brooke E said...

Fun pictures! You should email me the high-res (or original, or whatever) pictures from the toy room if you get a chance. We had a great time with you guys!

phyllis bestor said...

Thanks for sharing your christmas with us. . . darling children