we started at my parents house over the weekend....
my dad had this shirt made from one of talby's drawings.
the big hit of the gifts at my parents house was Just Dance 4.
my mom has a Wii at her house (we don't have one) so my kids love to play it when they are there.
they started playing right away.
THEN the moms came down.... and we smoked them all.
HIGH SCORE all the three rounds.
christmas morning was back at out house....just the seven of us....all in their new jammies and slippers.
new boots (from santa)
new movie (from talby to sean)
new coat (from santa)
new boots (from santa)
new book (from santa)
we almost always give a big stack of dvds as a family gift.
this was my christmas morning: green water cup from talby, blue water cup & starbucks card from annie (i think daddy helped her out) doughnut pan from sean, candle from scott, cookbook from annie and a surprise gift of an itouch from mr. duerksen. :)
it was one of the most calm and relaxed christmas mornings we may have ever had.
i guess they really are growing up.
and they were very grateful and kind to each other.
a christmas miracle indeed.
we headed over to craig's mom's house for fondue and gifts on christmas day.
the kids loved playing games with christmas themes.
they all got new clothes and goodies.
fondue is their family tradition for like....ever.
my boys LOVE all the meats...and also especailly the cheese with bread.
annie was struggling with her cast and holding her plate so i jokingly suggested she get in the old high chair.
she got big eyes and said "CAN I REALLY?!!"
ha ha ha
she stayed there and had craig bring her cooked meat!
she said many times over that it was her most favorite meal she has ever eaten.
and the duerksen family picture of 2012.
we are done with our celebrations.
it went by so fast.
i still have christmas crafts to do though.... we are going to make them anyway.
they are too cute to wait a whole year more.
i hope your family had a nice celebration.
my favorite part of all of it was the christmas eve service we went to.
it brought my heart back to where it was supposed to be all along.
annie goes in tomorrow to get her cast off.
if you think of her...say a prayer for her to be brave and for full healing of her arm.
i took four of my kids to a movie today and now...i am going to take a quick nap.
happy december 26 to you.