Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Christmas Sunday

I loved starting Christmas Day this year by attending our church meetings.  We barely make it to our 9:00 am sacrament meeting as it is, so we knew we'd have to wait until after church to start opening any presents.  Auntie Rie joined us at church and on through the morning. The sacrament meeting was sweet, tender and simple with a lot of music and was focused on Christ.  It was wonderful; the spirit was strong!

Santa was very good to us this year!  Our stocking were filled and the bottom of our tree was full of beautifully wrapped gifts.  The kids opened all their presents first and then us adults opened ours while the kids played.  Greg and I bought all the kids their own Amazon Fire tablet.  Other noteworthy gifts this year include: a drone for Palmer, a Zoomer Kitty for Brody, a Barbie house for Avonlea and a Paw Patroller for Archer.  Greg got Jazz tickets, The Nest thermostat and other small gifts, and he gave me a the Willow Tree nativity (My Mom gave me the set just before we moved in with her.  We put it up in the attic knowing that we'd be storing a lot of things there soon and never found it again.  I've always been really sad about losing it), a gift card for pedicures and some other small gifts. We gave Sariah her a few small presents: books, shoes, movies, etc.  She spoiled us and gave us a ton of gift cards for dates (yay!), slippers, a purse and perfume.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Christmas Eve

We had the Nichols side of the family over Christmas Eve for our annual present exchange.  Our kids all got to open a couple presents before the party started: pajamas and slipper.   London and Sariah and I exchanged our traditional homemade "angel gifts."  London gave us homemade soaps and a loofa, I gave a certificate for 48 cupcakes to redeem sometime in the next year and Sariah gave us home canned green tomatoes and the movie  Fried Green Tomatoes.  We had appetizers for dinner (meatballs, deviled eggs, Chinese dumplings, chips and dip, vegetables and dip, little smokies, bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers and tortilla pinwheels).  We also had birthday cake for Jesus, a tradition London started a few years ago.  It was a great night, and a great start to our Christmas celebration!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Visit with Santa

We visited with the big man last night.  As we were leaving to the house Archer told us all that tonight's Santa would be "a fake Santa, a big guy in his suit."  However, upon inspection, Brody declared him to be the real deal.  Palmer asked Santa for a new 2DS (his broke).  Brody asked for a Polaroid Camera, Archer asked for a Tracker toy from Paw Patrol and Avonlea asked for a doll house.

Our kids always seem to surprise me with their requests from Santa.  They ask for something that the elves, who get the Hess children's presents ready early in the season, did not plan for.  I hope they are happy with what Santa does bring, because some of their requests this year can not be found or are out of budget.