Monday, December 29, 2008

Our Christmas in Pictures

We gather with family every Christmas Eve...not sure if they really want their pictures on my blog, so I'll refrain...except for my dad. I'm going to post some of his silliness later.
After a yummy bbq dinner, it was time to move into the living room where Ella and Evan joined forces to recite the Christmas Story from Luke 2. It brings tears everytime. Then the little elves dished out the gifts. It was so great to have our family over...those were Ella's exact words that night.
Ella got a sweet new baby doll.

Evan waited so patiently for his turn - I think this was his Veggie Tales Pirate Ship.
One thing I got was a delicious Hershey bar...I think I get one every year...but this time it included a $10 bill. Here's the funny part. This came from my aunt who drew my name. Donald drew her name (guess who did the shopping?) and on her list she had 'Hershey bar and money' guess what? Donald (I) gave her a big Hershey bar with a $10 bill in it! Matching gifts! Isn't that crazy!?!?!
Here is my looney hubby getting all excited about his new earbuds and, um, a Halloween popcorn ball. See, we get crazy around here!
After everyone left, we dressed the kids in their pajamas for a sweet picture...

...and then we went driving around looking at Christmas lights. They liked it for about 2.3 minutes. Ella fell asleep. Evan said he was hungry and wanted to go home. Big surprise.
Here is our tree on Christmas morning.

This is what awaited Ella...

And here is what awaited Evan...

And...I also had something waiting. I was told that once I went in the bedroom that night I'd have to stay there...this is why.

The big reveal...

Aren't they lovely!!??

They were a complete surprise...thanks, honey!
After we sang 'Happy Birthday' to Jesus, we opened the rest of our gifts.
Ella was most excited about the walking horse she opened. It goes with her new Sleeping beauty doll and she was ecstatic!

Evan had the joy of opening our new Mario Kart game...what a face!!

Those are the highlights from our Christmas!! I hope yours was just as wonderful! :)



Alicia said...

Tina..those were great pictures! Your family looks so fun!!!! Your sons expression w/ the Mario Kart is priceless!! Gosh, they are so adorable! I also love the pictures on the wall. How awesome is that!!

OH..and I love your wrapping paper!! So different! Where did you get it?

Amy said...

Looks like you're Christmas was great! I love the pictures on the wall!!! Too cute. Oh, and Thanks for the preggie comment! I accidentaly deleted it along with about 5 others. I was SO MAD! So, if you want to leave another feel free. Happy New Year!

Cheryl said...

I LOVE the pictures! Donald did a great job and wrapping them and hanging them was a nice touch. Your kids are precious as usual. Hopefully I will get some pics of my sweet baby up soon. She doesn't sit quite as nicely for pics though.

Amy said...

Sweet pictures, Tina! (I just want to smooch Evan's cheeks.) ;)

Score one for your hubby! WOW! I LOVE your pictures! *Sigh*

Happy Holidays to you, sweet lady!

God Bless,

Brittany said...

What a wonderful hubby to have those photos made!! Could you ask him where he had those done? I would love to have canvas shots produced of my kiddos!! :)

OHH the Veggie tales Nativity! We bought that last year, for Adam. He loves it!

McFurr said...

Looks like you all had a wonderful Christmas. I love the ironing board and iron. Donald did a GREAT job with the pictures, I love that he wrapped them and hung them on the wall. Your children are precious as usual!

Sara said...

What an amazing gift from Hubs! It's so cute because he wrapped AND hung them!

Evan looks so cute just waiting patiently. Abby got a baby doll almost the same as Ella so the little Mommas MUST get together soon for a playdate with their babies.

Laura Matthews said...! An IRONING BOARD? Whew -- I HATE ironing but perhaps an early introduction is key to not hating it later in life?! Ha ha. Oh, and I hear ya on the Christmas light, yeah, Pierce was out after about 30 seconds of "looking." Glad y'all had a nice holiday!

MDearing said...

Sweet pictures! LOVE your present!!

Elaine A. said...

Those photos on the wall are gorgeous!! Your man did a great job with those!

Looks and sounds like you all had a great Christmas celebration.

And now... Happy New Year!

Jenny said...

So glad you had a wonderful Christmas! Love the pics.

Fresh Girl said...

Wonderful pictures! Evan looks so sweet waiting to open his gift, and if Ella is anything like me, there's nothing better than a new baby doll for Christmas. ;)

Yay for getting Mario Kart! If you have wireless at your house, let me know your "license number" and I'll send you mine -- we can run over each other. hee!

Glad you had such a wonderful Christmas!

utmomof5 said...

Great photos!! Tell hubby great job on the surprise -- very thoughtful!

Are You Serious! said...

♥ Great pictures! Love the wrapping paper! You photo art? Is that what they call it? I LOVE IT!!! What a wonderful gift! :)

Anonymous said...

Looks like a wonderful Christmas to me!!! Hubby did GREAT! What an awesome gift!

JMBMOMMY said...

great pics!!! Wow, your hubby did GOOD! Love how he wrapped them. :) Super sweet. Your kids expressions are priceless. Does little miss love the doll--J loves her..she has already been shopping with us!

Lori said...

WOW! Donald is the MAN! Mark said he wins the point competition for this year, cause he knows he got major points for the gift!
Looks like you had a great Christmas! God Bless in 2009

Lori and Mark

Anonymous said...

You took some amazing photos and hubs definetely gave you an AWESOME Christmas present!

Smiling Shelly said...

What a lovely Christmas! Ella is the picture of sweetness and that Evan is so.darn.funny!! Such a ham, that one.

And Donald.....He wins the prize!! What a wonderful gift!! It will be hard to top that one. Good job, Donald! A+++!!

Cindy Kraft said...

Good job Donald. Now Tina must be my commerical! LOL No I will soon be needing some major blog help when I finally get me NEW website.
Pics turned out great!