Phew...after going through all my pictures I just pulled out a few to give a recap of our busy Christmas weekend.
We started off Thursday night with the Top party (Brian's mom's side) at the Overisel Community Building. Here is a picture of all the great grand kids.
Friday night we celebrated with just the five of us and started the tradition of homemade pizza by candlelight. Carter was a big helper.
Our simple but festive table and desserts.
This year the kids each got three gifts (just like Jesus did); one of them being pillow pets which they loved way more than I thought they would!As you can see we didn't get dressed up for the occasion. :)
And one of the other gifts was new pj's....Jade's came with a hat and she looked like a little elf...we all got a good laugh! Here is our annual self timer picture. Saturday night we headed to my parents for our traditional Christmas Eve dinner by candlelight. Here is Grandpa Jim and Grandma Mary Ann with their grand kids...and another one on the way!
A little better family picture of the five of us.The kids were spoiled with gifts...here are just a few.
Trey got a new snow shovel! Jade and her new kitty and doll.Kasen opening his big dump truck. Carter got a new dinosaur. Sunday morning Carter was SO excited that Santa came...it was too cute! After church we headed to Brian's parents house to celebrate. The boys got a new outdoor picnic table...yeah! And Carter is loving his LeapPad. We bought our nieces a new barbie camper...it is decked out to the max with a pool and flatscreen tv!Karinda got a new baby doll...oh wait...that is our baby doll Jade!Jade (& Trey) got new suitcases like Carter has. Now they are all set! Grandpa Cliff and Grandma Karen with all their grandkids!Once everyone was down for naps I snuck over to my Uncle Dave and Aunt Betty's house so Jade could meet her new friend, Juniper, from Chicago. They are a week apart and it was fun to watch all their similar mannerisms! As you can see Jade has the Meeuwsen genes...long and lean!After naps we sang Happy Birthday to Jesus and helped him enjoy his birthday cake. It was dug into before I could take any pics! Carter couldn't quite figure out why he was just going to watch us eat it and not have any. :) We had a wonderful Christmas and are truly blessed!