Friday, January 1, 2010

Christmas Re-cap

The month of December seemed to fly by. It started out with Camden loosing his first tooth! He was very nervous about it falling out and it seemed to hang on by a thread for about a week, but finally after a dinner including corn on the cob-out it came! Once it was out he was so excited!!! And even more excited at 6:00 the next morning when he discovered that the Tooth Fairy had visited him and left him "one dollar with a five on it!"

The month continued on going faster than ever. I really thought that not traveling this year would help us slow down and enjoy the holiday a bit more than usual, but it seemed like we still never slowed down. I think it is called "having three kids". We did get to visit a few more churches (still haven't found "the one") and we went to a great Christmas play called "The Journey". The kids loved it-as did John and I-especially the live animals and fire outside complete with Mary and Joseph actors.

We enjoyed our traditional steak Christmas Eve dinner and even invited Broderick's first grade teacher and her boyfriend over to join us (since they were not going anywhere for the holidays). We also continued our PA tradition of going out for ice cream, driving around looking at Christmas lights, and finishing the evening with a trip to the Ski Resort. One of these days we will do more than just sit in the parking lot and watch the skiers. Camden REALLY wants to go snowboarding....if it weren't just so expensive and SOOO dangerous I might share his enthusiasm.

We learned throughout the month of December that FedEx and UPS deliver at all times of the day (and into the LATE evening). And that they are super fast!!! I am convinced that  the drivers drop the box, ring the doorbell, and see if they can run away and drive off before the occupants of the house figure out what hit them. With us not traveling, we received A LOT of packages full of presents waiting to be opened. And do you know how hard it is to have to spend weeks just LOOKING at the growing pile of gifts underneath the tree? It is nearly impossible!!! Especially for Camden. I think he shook every single package under the tree.

And finally, it was Christmas morning. Adalynn didn't want Santa to come to her house. In fact she INSISTED that Santa not come to her house. Well, he didn't listen very well and Broderick and Camden knew he would come anyway. The boys were up before 7 and although Adalynn would have preferred to sleep a little longer they wouldn't let her and downstairs we went.

They were very pleased to find Wii games, Wii light sabers, and Wii pajama pants (Santa got a good deal on Wii stuff). Adalynn was excited to see a dollhouse, jewelry box, and her first Barbie! Santa only leaves three gifts per child and we stress the significance of these three gifts relating to the three gifts that Jesus received. And although not everyone agrees with teaching of the true meaning of Christmas as well as still allowing Santa visit, we happily do both. John participated in a very lengthy facebook debate about Santa being Satan....UGH SOME PEOPLE!!!! Santa visits our house AND we believe in the birth of Jesus Christ! I don't think we are alone!

I do think the most popular gifts were the Nerf Basketball Hoop and the deck of magic cards Broderick got in his stocking. The boys really like Adalynn's doll house and love pretending that it is Jaba the Hut's palace and fill the house with Star Wars guys (much to Adalynn's dislike).

And here they are....in all their unwrapping, tossing aside, oohing and awing glory.

so excited to get not one Indiana Jones....but two!!!!

isn't this the best shirt ever? Broderick LOVES it!!!!

I wish I had video of Camden opening this package. He was so excited to unwrap it and see Pancake and Sausage on a stick. He LOVES them....he was a little disappointed to open the box and see that I had just used the it to put clothes into. He would have been much happier if it was really the sausage things!
thanking daddy for the presents!

happily hugging Wii Resorts!

Broderick says "You fake boxed me Camden" as he discovers Night at the Museum II at the bottom of this box. Camden gets big hugs for getting Broderick this movie!


and the aftermath....look at this mess!!!!

And no Christmas is complete without Star Wars characters making an appearance in the Veggie Tales nativity scene.

And of course, you have to include pictures of new clothes and playing with their new toys!

And here is Adalynn using her new cooking set wearing her ballerina pajamas. These pictures were just too cute not to share.

Adalynn on New Year's Eve.....

And best wishes from us for a Happy New Year and may 2010 be filled with many blessings!!!!

Many Blessings,


  1. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, that last picture of the three kiddos!!! Looks like they all had a great Christmas. That ballerina doll is too cute for words. Our Christmas would not have been complete without Wii, Star Wars, and Princess included in it somewhere. :) I pray that you and the entire family have a wonderful 2010!!!

    Oh, and congrats on the tooth Camden! (watch out tooth fairy, now he will expect $5 each time.... we say first tooth is $5, each tooth after that is $1, but Andrew still hasn't understood that and he is 10 and has lost 10 teeth)

  2. What a wonderful Christmas you all had! Love the pics of all the kids -- Adalynn has the cutest smile :o)

  3. We take drives to see the lights at Bear Creek as well!! Actually, last night we spent IN the resort swimming and watching some aunts and uncles ski!

    Great pictures as usual. Can you believe school starts back up on Monday already!?

    Happy New Year!

  4. Love the pictures, Shannon!!!! They are sooo wonderful. Ellie is so jealous of Camden losing his tooth. She asks me weekly when the tooth fairy will come visit her. And sadly, I think we have awhile, yet!!!! Glad to see you all enjoyed your holiday together. The kids are so big and all so sweet! Hope you all have a very healthy and wonderful start to the new year! Stay well, Shannon!

  5. I love the pics! Looks like Christmas was a lot of fun at your house. The pictures of Adalynn in the apron are just too cute!

  6. Oh my gosh, I love the pictures of Adalynn in the kitchen - she has the cutest scrunched face!! Looks like the kids scored at Christmas... love the Pancake & Sausage box disappointment. How funny!!

    Glad you had a great holiday!

  7. It looks like you guys had a blast! Can't believe how big the kids are!

  8. I liked Lillian too, but again, Chad didn't want Lily. And I couldn't see just calling her Lillian all her life! I love Adalynn Paige. Actually, that was our first middle name love. I wanted Charlotte Paige Stoker, but then her initials would be CPS (Child protective services!!! haha) As if anyone really cares what your initials spell out. Funny about the Paige/Payne/Gage thing. I LOVE Gage -- probably told you before that I had a student named Gage once. Very studly name! : )

    Yep, I can't wait to meet her too!!