Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas Morning

Christmas morning began about 7:30 when Lily woke up to discover Santa had arrived. She quickly woke Gemma and then started tearing into her stocking. So much for waiting for the parents. Winston was eager for his stocking too. He knows his has bells on it and goes nuts for the sound of the jingle.
I think the stockings were as popular as any of the gifts. These girls love tiny things and candies.
They got books and figurines from the movie Frozen and some Pez. 
The Santa gift was opened first, I don't think they could have waited another second.
 Lily got a new Lego set, the veterinary clinic.
Alex got a water pic, nothing like oral hygiene for Christmas.
Gemma got her beloved "curly puppies."
Goppy arrived just in time for more gift opening and breakfast. Santa left her stocking at our house because he heard she was coming over here.
Grampy may not have made the nice list, he got a toilet bowl coffee mug.
About half way through Gemma was beat. She decided to relax and read her new book. She declared, "I am not opening any more gifts, I'm done."
This was Alex's best gift. It goes really well with his Santa is my Ho Ho Homeboy shirt.
Gemma adores her hair salon set from Uncle E and Auntie Rach. Maybe it will help her crazy hair situation.
Both girls got earrings in their stockings. Tattoo earrings that is.
Fashion show, and just to prove I was there on Christmas morning as well.
These are Gemma's beloved puppies. She got the two left ones on her birthday and the new curly puppies are on the right. They came with a barbie set but the doll was quickly tossed. She really only cares about the dogs. She takes them everywhere and sleeps with them every night.
The girls got these adorable dresses from Auntie Pam and Uncle Collin in England. They are perfect and since it was over 80 degrees out they could wear them to Christmas supper at Uncle Stew and Aunt Judy's house.
Fashionistas! Sadly we didn't take any pictures the rest of the day. I guess we were too busy relaxing and having fun.
Hard to believe it is another Christmas over! Lily was quick to remind us that Valentines is just around the corner. She lives from holiday to holiday. New Years doesn't mean much to a 5 year old. 

Rockin around on Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve morning we woke up and Rosie had pulled this stunt! It was her last trick before she heads to the North Pole with Santa until next year. 
Lily had spent a few days at the beach house with Granny and Grampy and Gemma had a sleep over at Goppy's so Rosie left them a note welcoming them home. 
Goppy and Grandpa Lee filled the tree with their gifts and we all opened them up on Christmas Eve before we went to church. 
We also set up a little photo booth in our living room for our Christmas Eve party. We never manage to take any pictures so we thought this would be a fun way to make sure we had pictures of everyone who came.
The girls all ready for the fun to begin.
After much anticipation everyone had arrived and it was time to do some damage. It was hard to see all those gifts under the tree and wait so long to tear in!
Benji could even tear open some gifs this year. He does enjoy the boxes and bows as much as the gifts.
Granny and Alex must have made the nice list.
Carol sure did! She scored some sweet gifts. This was a musical candy cane candle. Say that ten times fast!
It quickly turned into a mob scene of gifts and demolished wrapping.
Legos were a hit all around. How were we going to manage leaving all the toys behind to head to church?
The smarties got some books.
We did manage to make it to church and get seats all together. Everyone did well during the service and then back home for the festivities. Our third annual Xmas eve gathering with appetizers and plenty of Jingle Juice.
Getting Benji to stay in the frame of the camera and use the props proved nearly impossible.
All three cousins? We just about pulled it off.
Then it started to get silly.
And more silly.
This one could be a keeper! I think the naughty sign is meant for daddy, not you Ben.
Grandma Nini and Grandpa Dan were great sports.
This one might be my favorite of all night. Is Grandma Great a hoot at 93 or what?
Eric gets some good elf love.
Don't forget the Gops, G'pa Lee and Carol.
Once the party was all said and done we managed to pop in for a pic as well.
We had to twist the arm of this couple to participate. They are practicing for New Years Eve.
Then the tree magically transformed itself for Christmas morning. Before you knew it Santa had arrived.
He must have snuck in while we were cleaning up from the party. He demolished his cookies and milk.
We had quite a few stockings to fill this year! A full house.
The table was all set and ready for Christmas breakfast with our crackers.
Time for a good nights rest as Santa's bells jingle in the distance.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Mary had a baby boy

Last year we had the honor of watching Lily perform in her preschool Christmas program. There is nothing cuter on earth than a bunch of 2, 3 and 4 year olds dressed up as Angels, Mary, Joseph and animals singing songs. This year was Gemma's turn to perform. We have been practicing the songs for weeks and talking to her about how excited we all were to see her. As expected it was pretty hard for her to let go of me and join her classmates for the performance. She still clings to me every morning before preschool and often cries. Three months in and it hasn't worn off. She managed to extract herself from me just in time to join her pals. 

This is Pastor Tim aka "Chapel Man". He led the kids in his favorite song and they all loved it.
Gemma's little friend REALLY enjoys chapel man. Gemma seems a little concerned.
She was front and center for their two songs. Mary had a baby boy (sung to the tune of Mary had a little lamb) and the Angel counting song.
They were desperate to keep up with the hand motions and follow Mrs. Becerra's lead.
Gemma did awesome. She sang her heart out and really seemed to enjoy herself.
The four year olds got to wear the costumes for their songs. The two year olds stole the show with their reindeer antlers and jingle bells. Especially the little girl that flung her jingle bell across the church and ran to retrieve it.
After the performance the kids were rewarded with snacks and juice. Gemma worked hard and scarfed her treats down. How lucky is Gemma to have her parents, both sets of Grandparents, and Great Grandma come to her Christmas performance?
We all went out to lunch after the performance to celebrate a job well done!