Saturday, December 27, 2008

The Rest of Christmas Day

So, after a morning of opening gifts, shown in the last set of pictures, we had lots to do still on Christmas Day! Grandma and Grandpa, even after saying they would cut back this year, were MORE than generous. (It was lots of fun though!) And Santa was a little generous too, although Liam's new trike has a front flat! :( I've pumped it a few times and within a couple hours it's back down. :( So I'll need to get that fixed before he really does some riding.

Braeden's new buddy Spike

The kids each choose a name to give each other gifts. This year Liam had Olivia, Olivia had Braeden, and Braeden had Liam. Which were the hugging pictures earlier after they had given their gifts. :) I love watching the excitement on the face of the giver as their gift is opened!

We then got dressed, in some new clothes, and headed to the movie theater (another of our traditions.) We were going to go to Desperaux, but I've heard that more than half is quite violent and scary, so we opted for Marley and a little sadness instead. It was very good. Braeden was a little antsy in parts that were slower but the others did great! Liam and Braeden didn't really understand the end and were ok, Olivia did well and was just a little sad. I was quite choked up! :( There were a few scenes/words that I was in my seat cringing as I realized the kids were watching, but I don't think it really hit them like it did me. They won't see this again for quite some time due to those however.

After returning we ate dinner - ham, sweet potato casserole, and cinnamon apples - and then celebrated Jesus' Birthday.
Singing Happy Birthday to Jesus...

Blowing out the candles...

The cake was delicious!!!

Afterwards, I worked on hooking up the wii that we were so blessed to receive this Christmas and the older kids and I got used to some of how it works.

The kids' favorite so far... Mario Kart

Grandma watching from the couch...

Braeden Driving Recklessly!

Just in time for a good night sleep!!! We had a very blessed day!!!


Holly said...

Love the cake for Jesus!
We haven't done that in a long time and I think we should resume that!
Looks like a blessed Christmas at your house.
I'm so glad. You deserve the best blessings! I truly admire the way you life your life.

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I am a single mom to four amazing kids; each of whom just happen to have been adopted. The first three were adopted through foster care, and we just completed an international adoption from Haiti. Our family has grown through adoption and I am all the more blessed to know each of my children. I worship a mighty God, teach Special Ed, love bargains, and am inspired by Pinterest... come along with us for the ride!

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