This year we really tried to make more gifts. We feel that if we made it is just a bit more personal.
Adela made this scarf for her Sunday School teacher. It was one of her first crochet projects!
I made my Mom an afghan and Mary made one of her prayer shawls. Okay... we know she lives in Vegas.... but it gets chilly at night.
The three boys made a lazy susan for their aunt and uncle.
With many hands to help, the cheesecake team made their Christmas Eve deliveries to our friends. Fourteen this year!
This year the kids were given a certain amount of money and we took a family Christmas shopping trip. So, they knew what those gifts were and they were excited about them. However, Mom and Dad always give one gift (as well as stockings) and Grandma was here this year. Well, Grandma and I wrapped the special presents after the tribe had gone to bed. We through numbers in a hat and randomly gave everyone a code instead of a name. It kept those kids guessing all the time. There were hoping that number on the present they were sure was a book, was for Riane. Who else but Riane would ask for BOOKS!
Finally, code revealed Wokelle headed to unwrap his present from Grandma and old beach towels fell out! I thought he was going to cry, until he saw that inside the beach towels was the much wanted nerf sword -- relief!
Let me tell you -- Christmas Eve was one restless night. The kids are allowed to look in their stockings -- but no opening gifts until we are all up. And we gave them a 6:30am time for Mom and Dad and Grandma. Some of our little lovelies were up wandering the house all night. At 3:00am poor Grandma wanted to make a quick potty trip and was surprised from excited chimes of "Good Morning!" from the living room.
They were most frustrated that the long awaited presents from Mom and Dad did show up -- six small, light boxes all exaclty the same size. What? On Christmas morning they excitedly opened all the other presents, until Adela finally handed the dreaded, not too exciting looking box to Braydon and said "You should open yours first." He was the test kid.
The box had nothing but a 3x5 card with what I thought was a pretty pithy little piece on it! At the end it instructed the kids to go to Dad for something special. Meanwhile, Dad had been sitting there with a big black trash bag.
Braydon got a kiss on the head and then.... he was told to go to Grandma's closet. He drug out a big box with his long awaited guitar case!
Oh, now those kids were into this! They all grabbed their little boxes and wanted their turn!
The smiles on their faces was worth all the anxiety leading up -- they so didn't expect this one!
The other fun part was watching what the kids had decided to give each other.
Mary bought the younger boys these lovely fake teeth.
After the unwrapping we were thankful there wasn't much snow. Ricky figured out his ripstick.
In the spirit of homemade giving Riane had given the boys little coupons for things she would do -- like make apple dumplings or participate in an acitivty of their choice for 30 minutes. Braydon picked boxing....
Yes! Jerome did throw something on the grill for Christmas dinner.
Jerome's brother and family made it over for Chrismas dinner. That little JP sure loved the nerf sword. It was bigger than he is, but no one had to teach him what to do with it. He could even fake dying.
Christmas was done and we marched on to New Year's Eve.
We were all so glad that Grandma was able to stay with us a little bit longer this year. She even made it to midnight!