Thursday, July 20, 2017

a post christmas post

"Good King Wenceslas looked out, on the Feast of Stephen."
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We call it Boxing Day, but it is also the feast day of the first martyr of the Church and we have decided this should now be the theme song for this day.  I guess we should all learn the words.  Anyway, the day after Christmas is usually a little bitter sweet, but we manage to keep it awesome because that is just how we are.  The kids love taking some time to slow down and enjoy some of their presents.  They usually start the morning off my setting up all their loot and taking a good picture with it all.  This tradition might possibly have been initiated by Mom, but now they are all well trained...
 Then we spent the day hanging out and getting some food ready for our Boxing Day dinner.
Our cousins and friends started coming over in the evening and we started off by playing some games.  
Baabee started a game of pretending to be animals and then Disney characters with all the kids.
It was pretty intense...
 Then after lots of eating at some point in the evening we break our poppers...
 And everyone gets a crown..
And that is Boxing Day!
 With the Kerstings in town, Angela managed to get a bunch of friends together for a park day.
 I wish these kids could be together to play more often.  They all have so much fun together... 
We moms like each other, too...
 While we were at the park, Zach and John went off to golf.
I took the kids at the end of their round to play on the putting greens...
On the Kersting's last night we went to see the lights at the Glendale Train Park.  
It isn't quite as cool as the Scottsdale one, but it was way less crowded.  
However, we did get rained on which made things more interesting.
 Aunt Angie got to be in town for that part and stay around through New Year's which meant plenty of time for Nerf Gun battles in the backyard...
 And enjoying our new games...
 And enjoying our baby...
 On New Year's Eve we kept it pretty low key.  
We went out for Mexican food and then came back to send off our floating lantern...
 And a few sparklers...
 Baabee joined us for our little celebration...
 We forgot to demolish our Gingerbread house the night before so we did it on New Year's Day..
 Then we just tried to keep up the Christmas spirit ...
 On the Epiphany we did our Chalking and Blessing of our front door.
It is a nice tradition we have started to end the season.
 And Mom might have put the kids up to this one as well...
Another great Christmas Season for the record books!

Friday, July 14, 2017

christmas day 2017


 After a few early wake ups and a few that needed prodding we gathered in Mom and Dad's bed to put Jesus in the manger and sing him "Happy Birthday."
Our baby woke up like a little rejoicing angel...
Then it was time to run out and see what Santa brought.  Among the favorites were two Star Wars Legos and Cardinals gear for the boys and Nora's requested Playmobil princess set.   Francie got a new baby swing for outside and My Little Ponies along with Nora.
We were so happy to have Aunt Nat there to share in the joy!
After all the Santa gifts were fully explored it was time to open a few things from under the tree.  Gus got a bow and arrow from mom and dad, which might have been the favorite is it wasn't for the amazing cardinals gear he was ready to pose in at any moment. I think it was a toss up.
Nora got some Wizard of Oz figures from Mom and Dad...
Jimmy got a Talk Boy from Mom and Dad, but I didn't get any pictures of it.
His Legos were certainly his favorite thing and he was anxious to get at them...
The boys gave both of their sisters some Strawberry Shortcakes and we all gave Dad a statue of St. Joseph...
I was there, too..
Nora spent a lot of time reading to Francie from her Nativity Board book...
We had a delicious breakfast of strata...
And we headed out to the beautiful Phoenix weather to play with the new soccer goals that Aunt Nat and Aunt Angie gave the kids...
Santa Baabee soon joined us...
We started a very serious game of Labyrinth but Zach and Nat realized they were too serious so they lightened things up a bit...
I am not really sure what else happened for awhile, but I think watched most of A Muppet Christmas Carol and tried to rest.  Francie was our cozy little elf all day but she decided to out of her jammies for the evening party at the Burch's house.
Gus' godparent's Aunt Emmy and Uncle Pete gave him this giant Nerf Gun which Gus lovingly refers to as his "sniper."
While the grown-ups played some games outside the kids got cozy to watch A Muppet Christmas Carol again because it really just is the best...
Who knows how late it was by the time we got home, but we all passed out quickly after a great Christmas!