We had Emerson's birthday cake and ice cream to finally finish out what seems like her birthday month.
Eme and Atti both loved helping me wrap presents.
They were both very good at using their tape.
The last 3 years, the Walthall family has brought over their Nativity puppet set. All the kids act out the Christmas Story. We have a tradition of eating breakfast for dinner on Christmas Eve. This year was especially fun with even more families joining us.
Emerson's letter to Santa.
Emerson's offerings to Santa and his reindeer. She is so cute, she left out carrots for the reindeer.
Our kitchen drain backed up during our Christmas Eve festivities. No plummers were open for business so all the men tried to fix and snake the drain. It didn't work. We have another tradition of having prime rib for Christmas dinner and have the missionaries over but with the sink not working we couldn't do that this year so what was our back up? We ordered Chinese food. It was our own "Christmas Story". The missionaries didn't care. They were stoked about the chinese food but by the end of the night, the drained cleared. Graham called it our own Christmas miracle!
Emerson and Atticus were so excited about Christmas morning. I thought for sure they would be awake super early but they didn't wake up until 8. That is sleeping in for them. That was my favorite gift.
Emerson received her digital camera and toothbrush she asked Santa for.
The kids sorted all the presents and waited patiently to open them.
They hugged and thanked each other for their gifts they received from each other. Sooooo Cute!
Putty loved the new bed he received for Christmas. He immediately started rubbing himself all over it. I guess to leave his scent?
Grandma Linda gave us money to buy a family Christmas gift this year so we decided to go skiing. A couple of years ago, we took Eme skiing for her first time and Graham and I tried to teach her to ski. It was the worst experience for all of us. We vowed we would never try that again. So this time we put her in ski school. It was the best money we spent. She was happy, Graham and I were happy. By the end of her lesson, Emerson rocked the bunny slope. We didn't take Atti with us this time because they didn't offer lessons for 3 year olds. He will start next year. This was the perfect way to end Christmas. Thanks Grandma Linda/Mom!