Sunday, December 28, 2014

Isaac Family Christmas

We absolutely love celebrating Christmas with Jason's family!  Such a special day!

 So sweet! Noah gave his little cousin some of his legos and lego mini figures.


 Cambria had a dream that we gave her a bag of apples, so as a joke, we did just that and gave Corissa a bag of oranges, too.

We have appetizers throughout the day, then enjoy two soups for dinner.  This year, we had chicken tortilla and clam chowder.
 For dessert, Jennifer made us creme brulee.  Yum!!!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Annual Ugly Gift Exchange

We have an annual holiday dinner with the Wiens family. 

The kids exchange gifts that they've made for each other.  Too funny that this year, both boys made eachother lego picture frames.  Gabe joined in this year and made Jeremy a soap dispenser with legos inside.  These boys know each other so well!
Grace also made a picture frame for Charlotte, and Charlotte made lip gloss and a bath fizz ball for Grace.
As for the adults?  Here's what we exchanged:
We posted this on Facebook and took a poll to see which gift was the ugliest.  It turns out that the winner for this year is the bird yarn art!  Congrats, Aaron and Christa! Ha!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Christmas Day

Christmas morning, while others are waking up super early to see what Santa has left them, our family slept in until 9:30am.  When we finally did get up, we enjoyed a wonderful breakfast of "thin things" (crepes) with blackberries that Jason made.  Then, we sat down to open our stockings.
The rest of our day was pretty laid back.  This year, we won't be celebrating Christmas with Jason's family until the weekend, so it's just us today.
 Jeremy and Jason spent time putting together a solar robot.

 Jason gave the kids the challenge of building a lego nativity set. 

 Inspired by MasterChef Junior, Grace had asked me a few weeks ago if she could make our family dinner.  Jokingly, I told her, "How about on Christmas Day?"  She actually took me up on the challenge!  She made our Christmas dinner, from choosing the recipe, to grocery shopping, to cooking it.  We enjoyed a wonderful Linguine with Basil Shrimp.
For dessert, we tried something new this year.  Jason's mom got us a fire pit last Christmas and we haven't used it all year.  It was time to try it out!  Even though the weather was a bit chilly, I truly enjoyed sitting outside together, keeping warm by the fire, roasting marshmallows, talking, and eating s'mores.  It was the perfect end to our Christmas Day!

Christmas Eve

Every year, Jason makes the most incredible meal for Christmas Eve.  However, we decided to try something different this year: lobster!  We paired it with artichokes, citrus salad, and bread.  It was delicious! 

After dinner, we always head to church for the Christmas Eve candlelight service.  It's the only tradition that I have from my childhood.
After we returned home, we enjoyed a cookie and cup of hot chocolate before sitting down together to open presents.  We decided long ago that this would be our family's tradition, since we didn't want Santa to be the focus of our season.  I hope our kids are learning that it's not so much getting what you want- I hope they're learning the true meaning of giving!
 Our kids' favorite gifts this year: inside this huge box, Grace had wrapped a toy ninja set for Jeremy that we bought on clearance after Halloween.  Grace's favorite gift was the entire book series of Percy Jackson.  She's been wanting to read it and now she has the whole set!

 Darrell and Karen gave our kids special ornaments that were made in Arizona by the Navajo. 
 This was Jeremy's gift to us- a cinnamon spiced ornament he made at school.
 Di Dao sent the kids their annual Christmas book, some Lego mini figures, and some Canadian money.
 This gift touched my heart! On his own initiative, Jeremy made me a lego heart! He even wrapped it and it has been under the tree for most of the month.  Soooo endearing and sweet!  I told him he wouldn't get to have those legos back!
 The kids wrapped up a box full of paper snowflakes for us.  I thought this gift tag was pretty funny!
 Finally, a way to organize all of Grace's rainbow loom elastics!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Children's Program at Church

The children helped to lead the whole worship service, from praying to reading Bible verses and singing songs.  Grace was in a video clip for the program, so I don't have a picture of that, but she had a large speaking role and did a fantastic job.

Jeremy's class sang a song with hand motions.  He also did a great job.
 They were on the stage together for the final song.

 Jason is a part of the worship team and also played on this Sunday.
Jason's mom came to worship with us and then we went out for lunch afterwards.