Sunday, December 28, 2014

Christmas comes but once a year...

Christmas Eve was spent with our little family of 6 (although most people wouldn't describe my family as little, but I do ;) )
Ryan was sick.  He almost didn't make it to church but he medicated himself enough to feel up to it!  Church was crazy with 4 kids in an hour long service.  But they did pretty good.  After every song Vincent would ask, "is it fire time yet?!" as he held up his candle.  Cruz was the hardest to keep contained.  He was so antsy and just wanted to be put down. (We don't have any pictures of us nicely dressed for Christmas eve service but we did look presentable)

We came home and ate a quick dinner and then got right into opening our gifts.  First present of the night was their matching pajamas (probably a tradition I will keep up, but I'm not saying that officially because I don't want to put pressure on myself! haha.) 

We tried to get pictures....

We succeeded in getting one where none of them are looking...

And then Ryan hit me on the head with something and that caught their attention!..

So I guess it's fun laughing at mom getting beat up while holding the camera....

I'm willing to make the sacrifice if it means capturing all those cute smiles.

The boys opened their stockings first.  Those were the gifts from "Santa"

I would say 90% of the gifts they unwrapped were things I bought used from the JBF sale or people selling things online.  At this age, they can't tell if things are new when they open it.  I don't know how long I will be able to get away with that but I knew this year it would fly under the radar.

Cruz's only gift from us! (besides his pajamas)

Pre-owned activity table....He has no clue that it's not new! haha

Of course the boys helped Ryan and I open our gifts too.

And you know what their FAVORITE gift was!? The set of 4 cars they got in their stocking (that I bought for $2 a set at the JBF sale)  And they know exactly which 4 came in their stocking, no switches, no trades!

Christmas morning we headed to my parents for breakfast.  It was delicious.  Monkey favorite!  My mom played a cute game with the boys and had them find their gifts by giving them a square sample of the wrapping paper they were wrapped in and they had to match the paper.  They had a blast looking under the tree.

They of course helped Grammie and Grandpa open their gifts too.

Cruz acts like he know what's he's doing.

Yup! This is what I got!
My parents bought Vincent and Landen new lovies.  They received their current blue dog and brown bear lovies from my Aunt when they were newborns.

They have been WELL LOVED in the last 3 years!! Now they look disgusting and all ratted up.  I could wash them everyday and they would still stink from being chewed on.  This is their current state...

My parents couldn't find the exact same ones but they found a bear and a dog.

The boys love them!! The old ones are still hanging around though.  They want to sleep with both.  I'm thinking one day in the near future the old ones might "get lost"  We are going to have to see how this transition goes.

After gifts we took a nice walk, then the boys napped and the adults played games.  When the kids woke up we headed to Ryan's parents house for Christmas dinner. Tamales, rice and beans. Delish!  It was cold out but that didn't stop the boys from playing outside and that included the big boys. Ryan and his brother were playing football while "watching the kids".

Ryan's parents bought the boys this awesome Cars race track and my Father-in-law spent countless hours setting it up and screwing everything down.

I only have a couple pictures of gift time! Presents were flying! haha.  The boys were spoiled!

We had a great day!

These two cousins have always been two peas in a pod.  Ethan and Landen.  They look tired after a long fun filled day!

We got home and the boys took their bath and got in their matching pajamas! (one of a few sets they got for Christmas)  And they spent the rest of what little evening they had left playing on their new cars race track.

Cruz thinks he's one of the big boys.

These are some great Christmas memories!

On to 2015!


  1. We have so much in common. We usually only buys used toys for our kids too. And poor Caleb, all we got him was a book. ;) Love the matching pj's for all 4 boys. They are just the cutest!

    And like your Ryan, my Nick was so sick. For 4 days. So we missed Christmas at the my parent's farm 3 hours away. I was so sad. But know it could have been much worse so I'm counting my blessings.

    Merry Christmas, Heidi!

    1. I LOVE that we are so similar! We are kindred spirits just miles apart. Hope Nick recovered quickly. Ryan is just now feeling like he's getting better after starting with this nasty thing 2 weeks ago. I'm so sorry you missed Christmas on the farm, you will make it next year! I hope 2015 blesses you even more than 2014!