Christmas 2008

We had a wonderful Christmas! It was even more special this year because the kids were able to share the day with both sets of their grandparents, since my parents were visiting from El Paso. Dan’s sister Theresa and her husband Rob were also in town this year. The day started off at the break of dawn. I heard the kids up, but they knew not to go downstairs till Dan and I were up and gave them permission to go down. While still in bed, I overheard the twins talking. They had their flashlights out and were shining them at the stockings to get a peak at what might be in them. Jared said to Riley, “I think Daddy got some books in his stocking.” Riley replied, “I think Santa gave Daddy coal.” Jared then said, “Santa wouldn’t give Daddy coal!” And Riley came back with, “I think he would because Daddy yells at us.” They went back and forth for several more minutes discussing whether or not Santa gave Daddy coal. It was hilarous! For the record, Santa did not give Daddy coal in his stocking.

Once we were all up, we let the kids go down and see what Santa left them and open their stockings. Here’s pictures of the kids with their stockings.

Here’s all the kids with their presents from Santa.

Talia got an iPod Nano.

Kayli got a camera.

Aidan got Star Wars Legos stuff and the Clone Wars DVD.

Jared and Riley got Wii lightsabers, the Clone Wars Wii game and the Star Wars The Force Wii game.

Falyn got a princess bike.

Santa also brought Dan and Cindy the Guitar Hero Band Kit for the Wii.

After getting all the stuff from Santa, we had our traditional Christmas morning breakfast of Coffee Cake. We then opened all our presents. We tried taking turns, but with so many people, it gets out of hand pretty quickly. After the presents were all opened, everyone was kept busy playing with all their new stuff.

Here’s a video of some of the present opening action.

After Falyn woke up from her nap, we went over to Dan’s parents house for dinner and more presents. There was quite the crowd there! Let’s see, my family; my parents; Pam, Eric, Chantel and Lawrence; Theresa and Rob; Samanth and Dan’s parents. That makes it 19 people in all. Here’s an assortment of pictures from tonight.