Thursday, December 29, 2011

Christmas Day

A couple of evenings before Christmas, as I was putting the boys to sleep, I went over Christmas Morning Protocol. No getting up before six, you come into Mom and Dad’s room and wake us up before you go downstairs, etc.

The next morning, the 24th, Oliver came into our room at around 7 and said in his sweetest, most polite little 3 year old voice, “Mommy, I’m ready.”  He was somewhat devastated to hear that he had one more day to wait.

On the real Christmas morning, Colin and Gabe were awake at the earliest acceptable time.  They roused Oliver from his sleep, and then we had to wake the sleeping baby.  As you can see by the picture below, she handled it pretty well.  As we were taking this picture, the boys could see a few of the presents downstairs, so that fact that they looked at the camera and smiled shows how excited they were to get it done with and on with the show.



They were all pretty excited about their presents, though Oliver had decided two days before Christmas that what he really and truly wanted was not Lightening McQueen (which was what he was getting) but a remote control helicopter (which, coincidentally, was what Colin was getting, times two).  I think he was picturing himself flying it around like his hero Max.  (He gets a lot of his life lessons and ideas from Max and Ruby, I have to say).  Anyway, we did get over his disappointment and we had a fun Christmas morning.

Just as the morning festivities died down, it was time for church.  The kids were all adorable, with the boys in matchy sweaters and Miss in her Christmas dress,  and I really wanted a family Christmas picture – I did my hair and makeup and everything (!) – but of course we were right on time and I knew a few self-timer pictures would put us right into the late zone. So, no pictures until later that night, after naps for almost everyone.

We had dinner at my parents house. My dad slaved in the kitchen while most of us were napping to provide a bounteous and delicious Christmas dinner, provided by my Nana as a gift.  After we ate and sat around (and picked some more, because we are Jeppsons), we did the nativity, which you saw.  Then Sabina handed her ukulele to Audra (our very own Mim of Mim’s Ukes) – Sabina had brought it so Audra could get the family going with some Christmas songs.

Let me tell you, that was fun.  I loved seeing all the kids get into it, dancing and singing, and watching and listening. 


It was a great evening, rounded out with revealing who the candy count winners were! Thanks Mom and Dad!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas Eve 2011

This was our evening:
Pizza for dinner. 
Made cookies for Santa.

Colin is not big on pictures these days, so I was happy to get this cute one.

Stopped by some friends house for a Christmas Eve party, where I ate some of the most delicious desserts I have ever had in my life.  

Home to unwrap pajamas.  Remember the fabric the boys chose over the summer?  

If I am ever having a bad day, I think I will pull these pictures up.  They make me remember everything I love about my scrumptious children. 

Then we video-chatted with Grandma and Grandpa Coleman and the kids opened their gift from them - an Xbox and Kinect.  Dance Central 2, here I come! The kids were pretty darn excited.

We didn't get the kids to sleep until almost 9, and then it was a pretty late night for Chad and me.  Chad is asleep on the couch as I write this.  We also had a great Christmas - I will post about it tomorrow.  Hope you all had a Merry Christmas.  Thanks for reading :o)

Friday, December 23, 2011

Phone dump

Some pictures from the last few months.

Riverbanks Zoo during Labor Day weekend.

 Columbia temple that same weekend.

 I took this picture to capture Miss Carina's thigh dimple.

Remember Ollie's eye (shudder).

 Ollie during storytime at the library.  He is too stinkin' cute when he dances along.

This statue is in a business park near our house.  It is kinda cool.

 Hiking near our pond.

 Haircut back in October

 Not quite worthy of cake wrecks, but close.

Beautiful fall colors outside the boys' window.

Donuts with Chad after Colin's parent teacher conference.

Ollie's Halloween preschool party.

If you build castles with Ollie he loves you forever.

She looks way too old in this picture!

We went to a Japanese hibachi restaurant a couple of weeks ago and Gabe said the soup was the best thing he has ever eaten.

When I saw this picture I couldn't figure out who it was....

Until I saw this picture and remembered that I let my nephew Liam play Angry Birds on my iPhone during Pack Meeting a couple of weeks ago. 

This girl loves her Daddy, and he is gaga over her.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Putting the tree up

  The first Sunday of the month of December, per tradition.  I am a little behind.

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