We celebrated Christmas with Artie's family at Rainbow Lake Pavilion again this year. I love it there. It's so big and roomy for all the children. I don't have to feel like they are about to break anything and they have a fun time.
Here is Bobbie with most of her grandchildren. Here they are with the older girls - Amber and Brooke's husbands. Yes, out children do make up over half the picture!! Hey, when you're good at something - don't you think you should stick with it? :-) Matt (back row left) is the best to see here. He lives in Florida and we don't' get to see him that much. He's grown so since I've seen him last. He kept the kids mesmerized with money and card tricks.
Emily got baby furniture from her grandmother. A crib, stroller and high chair - just what she was needing!!
The little boys all got big trucks full of matchbox cars - what could be better. They play for hours on their car rug in their bedroom lining up all their cars and picking houses.
The big kids played their swap game.
and then the adults got their turn. I got a lamp for my living room and Artie got a gift certificate for Canyon River restaurant - which we enjoyed very much... It was a lovely evening.
The only thing Terry asked for was - Hungry Hungry Hippo.
Bobby wanted a leather coat - isn't he a little young to be asking for a coat for Christmas?
Stephen had as much fun with Hungry Hippos as Terry did.
All the little boys got new animals. They were cool - from Planet Earth - and each had a DVD that showed their animal in it's natural habitat.
Terry - penguin
Bobby - Jimmy the elephant
Stephen - Oscar the chimpanzee
The boys all got building things - Tinker Toys, Magnext, Lincoln Logs - and bicycles - they are at such a fun age.
Emily had a doll Christmas - she got a new girl doll and twin babies. She also got a kitchen so she can cook for them. She's so good in the real kitchen, it won't be much longer that she plays with a toy one... I want her to stay little as long as she can.
Emily also got this beautiful book - Little Mommy. It went well with her whole doll theme. I love this book and had it when I was little.
Brenda got some Jonas Brothers and Family Force Five music. A camera and her favorite - a phone with unlimited text messaging. See how fast they grow up - no dolls or babies or kitchens...
Here she is with a Jonas Brothers poster for her new room.
Troy (have we lost our minds?) got an electric guitar. He keeps it in his hands most of the time. He is currently learning his scales.
It was such a fun morning. God is always so good to provide for us.
Eating our Christmas Eve Chili while watching the Nativity Story. The children didn't make it through the movie this year. It is such a beautiful movie, I think next year we will have to watch it before Christmas eve.
See that present under Emily's dinner??? Looks like maybe a Christmas Eve present...
Bobby and Stephen were bell ringers for the Salvation Army with their wolf pack. They took an hour slot in the middle of the afternoon and it was freezing that day!!! People felt sorry for them out in the cold and seemed to give even more money. They took turns and when it wasn't there turn they waited in the warm door way of Belks. (They have about 5 layers under their boy scout uniforms and jeans.)
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