Our Family Christmas was an enjoyable time this year! We started our celebrations on the 20th with Dave's half brother and sister, their mom and Angel's boyfriend coming to visit us! It was a fun time opening presents, playing games watching a movie and eating yummy food! We enjoyed having them here and are grateful they survived coming here on I80 during lots of snow!
On Christmas Eve, we went to my Grandma & Grandpa Beeler's house for a great Roast Beef Sandwich and cheesy potato dinner! Yum! Lots of extras too! We celebrated with my brother Joe and his family and my brother Chris and his wife, my Dad and of course Grandma and Grandpa! Dad played Santa this year as he handed out all the presents - we tried to 'slow it down' and have the kids go one at a time, but it quickly got out of control, but it was still fun! We played games and visited with one another. We missed my mom this year as she went to Idaho to help her mother prepare for surgery. We also missed my sister, Robin, who is in Texas!
Christmas Day came all too early!! Dave and I were up LATE Christmas eve finalizing 'things', and it came as a complete SHOCKER to our systems when Luke came in at 6:15 am asking if he can put on the clothes that Santa brought him! AH! Dave & I immediately jumped out of bed to make sure all the presents weren't open yet... good thing, that Ian had only gotten to one present for each of them! Ian had his snowpants on from Santa and Luke his new clothes. It was a bit funny, but since I was tired I was a little irritated that I have early birds for kids!! We spent the day together as a family, playing games, eating too much junk, watching movies, playing the Wii and being together! Dad came to visit us around lunchtime, and the boys had fun showing their things to him! We finished our day off by cleaning our church building together as a family.
The day after Christmas, we traveled to Joliet to visit Dave's Mom and Grandparents! We went to Granny's house first and Ian, Luke and Mason were excited to open presents from Grandma and Grandparents. It was nice to visit with them as we haven't been there in a few months!
Last, we went to Dave's Grandma and Grandpa Formenti's house for dinner. It was a wonderful dinner, Grandma Formenti is a great cook! We had a great time visiting and opening presents there as well!
The boys were exhausted from the long week and so was I!! We're glad we had a nice Christmas and are grateful for all the Lord has blessed us with! We can't wait for the new year to see what wonderful blessings the Lord sees fit for us to receive!