This evening we got together with my side of the family for my uncle’s birthday and Christmas. It was another fun time for everyone—of course, I think the kids enjoyed it the most!
After a nice dinner it was time for my uncle to blow out his candles. His favorite cake is pound cake, so that’s what he got!! Joe was more than happy to help him with the candles, and obviously Jamie too, as I noticed in the background when I edited pictures. The expression on his face cracked me up! I’m hoping he was joking around:-).
After opening presents….
….it was time for the kids to open theirs. They were seriously bouncing off the walls waiting. They opened their gifts from my Uncle first, and then their stockings that my mom gets them each year. She’s done this since Hanna’s first Christmas.
Joe was happy to get more dinosaur tracks for his Hot Wheels collection. He loves setting these things up and making all sorts of different “stunts” for the cars.
Jack’s fave was more trucks! He got Road Rippers. Joe never got into the Road Rippers, but Jack LOVES them. I think it is so funny that as a parent so many of the toys I see and say to myself, “Oh, we will not have that one at home, no way!”, ends up being in our playroom months or a couple years down the road because one of the kids likes it so much—well, Road Rippers definitely falls into this category! Hanna had fun helping Jack open his gifts.
Hanna was very excited to get money from Uncle Eddie this year. She is saving any Christmas money and allowance for our February weekend trip to the American Girl store. We took her there for her 8th birthday and it was SO much fun. She has wanted to go back ever since and she can’t wait! Jesse got clothes.
Joe was very, very excited to get his very own Webkinz. He’s seen Hanna collect these animals for a couple years now, and he thought it was so cool to have one of his own.
Hanna’s faves, a St. Lucia’s wreath for the American Girl, Kirsten—you’d think Hanna was getting the doll or something:-)--my mom made this crown because it was all sold out online. She did an amazing job!! Now, we’ll see if Hanna gets a doll to wear it!
The American Girl book, Meet Rebecca and a Godiva chocolate bar. I think the bar was supposed to be for me:-).
Jack’s faves were by far M&M’s! He’s still easy to please—we haven’t made him rotten—yet. He also liked getting one of his favorite books about trains.
We got some good family pics too. Here is one of me, my mom, Grandma and Hanna.
Jamie and Jesse:
Sweet Jesse with his big, blue eyes and his little, clasped hands. His face is getting so chunky!
My Grandma, Hanna and Jesse:
Me and Joe:
Me and Hanna:
Jamie and Jack:
And, where was Jesse most of this time?
Jesse fell asleep with Pop Pop. He is holding his stocking stuffer from Nana, a flat out bear. I’d never seen these things before, but it is so soft. My mom has a knack for finding unique things online for the kids and this is one of them.
We all had a good time. It is so fun to get together with family. After family get togethers like we’ve had this weekend I always wish we did things like this more often. Time passes so quickly and it seems like there’s never enough of it for making memories and having fun together. I know that’s why it is so important to make the most of each and every day.