Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Top 10 Favorite Things about Christmas '07

10. Family!

Ella's Great Grandparents! My grandparents are the sweetest, cutest couple ever. They both laid an incredibly firm foundation of love for family and love for the Lord for my entire family! We are following in their footsteps 3 generations later! I believe our family is evidence of how it's possible to celebrate Christmas with presents and family, while also celebrating the birth of Christ, our Savior.

My cute cousin Zach. Zach, his brother Ethan, and Ella always have so much fun when we are together! I am so thankful Ella has younger cousins to play with and enjoy the holidays with.


9. Traditions!

Every year, somebody in the family is elected to be "Santa" and pass out all the gifts one at a time. That's right, we open gifts one at a time. It's a long process, but we like it that way. This year my Uncle Arthur was given the honors of being "Santa".

We have a few other traditions that have lasted for decades. One is we always start Christmas morning every year eating sugar plum ring that my grandma makes. It's amazing. Last year, we each got a copy of the recipe so we can carry on the tradition for many more decades.

8. The food!

7. The massive amount of presents for our Ella! It pays off to have the only grandchild thus far. :-)

Ella got most excited about her new shoes!

And of course, the pink New Balance tennis shoes from Grandma!

Ella knew exactly what to do with her new cell phone. "Hello!"

This is Uniqua from the Backyardigans. This is Ella's favorite show and for her birthday last year, my mom gave her a stuffed Pablo. Well, Ella has grown so attached to Pablo that we even have to take him to church with us. My mom searched high and low for one of the other stars of the show and finally found Uniqua. Ella was so excited and immediately yelled "Niqua!"


6. The pink cowboy boots, hat, belt, laso, western outfits & bandana for Ella from her Grammy and Aunts.

5. The highly competitive games!
3 1/2 hours later, Team Heath and Janelle were victorious in Wahoo! I don't have any pictures of the game playing because we are way to serious to stop and take pictures.

4. The wild goose chase my secret santa (my husband) sent me on for my present.

This was me reading clue #3. I had to lead our family in a group performance of O Holy Night to get my next clue. Yes, we were outside. And yes, I'm certain my parents' neighbors think they are crazy.

Yes, my husband did hide clue #2 in the cat box. Doesn't really surprise me though. And if you know Heath, it won't suprise you either.

3. The GIGANTIC tent my dad got Ella that "looked a lot smaller in Costco"!

Ella loved it! And yes, this will be staying at grandma and grandad's house.

This picture makes our dog look really scary. He would love that since he has small dog syndrome and thinks he's a huge doberman pinscher. If he was capable, he would probably blow it up, frame it, and hang it above his food dish.

2. Opening our stockings Christmas morning.

Even Jones gets a stocking. Every year he gets a brand new shiny collar.

1. And of course, the girl in the Santa hat.

Christmas 2006

And of course, no Christmas is complete without an upchucking incident from your baby girl. No? Is that just our family? Our sweet girl was a bit under the weather with a cold Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. It took us 2 days to open all of her presents because we kept needing to take breaks when Ella started feeling tired or sick. When she started feeling that way, she would get a nice relaxing rocking and story from Grandma.

I hope you and your families had a wonderful Christmas! Christmas can be a very exciting time, especially with little children around. Christmas can also be a very hard time. I know several families that were grieving through the Christmas holidays and my heart is very heavy for them. My prayer is that they were reminded of Christ's love, mercy and peace for them this holiday season.



watsyface said...

Love your top ten! You are too cute! Which explains your sweetie pie Ella! So, 1. we need your grandma's recipe and 2. what did you find on your wild goose chase?

FordeFam said...

Love Heath's wild goose chase!!! Hahaha! Lee did that for me for our first homecoming! So fun! I also LOVE the cowgirl pic of Ella!!! :) Precious!

Jessica said...

You have an incredible famly! So much to comment on...

1. Your hubby is the best! Secret clues? A chase? O Holy Night outside? LOVE IT!!!

2. That maze of a tent looks like fun! Will it fit in her room? Stay out in the living room for awhile? It is really huge! : )

3. I love the big long table for your Christmas meal! So cozy and friendly.

You are so blessed! I'm glad you had a great Christmas! : )

Helen, Luke, & Kasen said...

What an awesome Christmas & a great entry! I love the tent, and the "it looked smaller in Costco" comment. lol

Hillary said...

I love that she was so excited about her shoes!! They were so cute so she should be! And the pink boots and cowboy hat was adorable!!

ashley said...

It sounds like you had a great Christmas too! What did you find on y our little scavenger hunt? Josh has put me on my a few "wild goose chases," and they are always fun. I like it when he gets creative!! :) The pictures are adorable as well--any picture of Ella is adorable!!

Ginger@From The Cocoon said...

Ok, like everyone else...what did you find on your scavenger hunt??

Also, we can totally relate to being sick on Christmas! My daughter, now 15, has been sick every Christmas I can remember. We joke now and call it the December curse.

Suzi said...

Yes what did you get???
Go Ella, lots of toys!
Hope she's feeling better!
Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas!

carleigh said...

looks like you had a great day... and i can definitely relate to the sickness... it is even more fun when there are three of them (yes, they were all hacking and snotting this year)! when i saw the picture of ella last year i did a double take- she looks just like makenzie!

The Sanders House said...

I can not believe how many clothes she got! Cute pics.

Sunni at The Flying Mum said...

So many gifts! Ava wants to borrow some of those clothes!

Cute pictures!

Promise Christian Academy said...

Sounds like you had a great Christmas! The tent looks great, our cats would have a blast! We set out our tube every now and then for a laugh with the cats!
Clues in the catbox! Good idea! I have to come up with clues for the stocking hunt every year, and I am running out of ideas!
Hilda Rebecca

Jessica said...

I wish you lived closer~ I would SO invite you over to our murder parties! : )

MamaCass said...

Ella got some pretty sweet gifts. I am very impressed by Heath's wild goose chase. I am glad you guys had a wonderful Christmas!