Christmas Day!!

Christmas Eve photos of the tree.  photo 020eresized_zps6c11e5b8.jpg photo 025bwresized_zps654ee7d7.jpg photo 041eresized_zpsefb069d3.jpg

Ready to come downstairs to see what Santa brought!  photo 054e3resized_zpsb1519cd1.jpg

This year we took turns opening presents. Everyone watched as each person opened a present and then the next kid got their turn and we just went around and around like that. It took two hours to open presents because we took our time and the kids played with each thing as we went. It was the BEST Christmas we’ve ever had. It was peaceful and calm and happy and joyful and just plain old perfection. Seriously just the best holiday season (though so freaking busy!) and the best Christmas day. I will never forget December 2014!  photo 055e2resized_zps560b25fb.jpg photo 056eresized_zpsce645990.jpg photo 057eresized_zps7cc5dd55.jpg photo 080eresized_zps6958f5cc.jpg photo 089eresized_zps74d0ff8b.jpg photo 108eresized_zps695d254f.jpg photo 112eresized_zps2098e867.jpg

Ember carried that stroller wheel around for a few minutes without even realizing she still had it in her hand.  photo 119eresized_zps2f612b86.jpg

Sierra decided it’d be fun to be a Christmas bunny.
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Everett’s started to get into this position and try to push up into standing on his own. He can’t do it yet but I wouldn’t be surprised if he was standing on his own within a month.  photo 132eresized_zps06e06ea8.jpg photo 138eresized_zps7511725c.jpg photo 140eresized_zps9a4fab01.jpg

All the kids were so sharing with their toys! They let each other play with their toys freely and they were all super nice to each other and just loving and happy. I was so proud and relieved that everything was going so well!  photo 142eresized_zps21c3cfeb.jpg

I thought Everett would like the remote control car and Sierra’s walking horse because in stores he loved toys that moved on their own and laughed and jumped up and down over them. At home… nooooooo. He started screaming and crying and was terrified of both those toys! It was so sad! He spent the rest of the day whipping his head back and forth looking all around each room he entered to try to make sure neither toy was near him. So sad! To this day he’ll cry if he sees the remote control car or horse, even if they’re not moving!

After an hour or so and safely up in his high chair he was finally willing to laugh about the crazy noisy, moving toys below! (Though about one minute after I took this he got nervous again and started screaming and I had to hold him again. lol)  photo 145eresized_zpsf5a605c3.jpg photo 150eresized_zps9e1cbdb0.jpg

Those darn ginormous toys were a HUGE hit! My kids are in love with those things and take them everywhere they go in the house.  photo 153eresized_zps87bcda9c.jpg photo 226eresized_zpsa283c11f.jpg

Allan ended up helping Payson with his lego sets and I helped Brooke with hers. Fun 🙂  photo 156eresized_zpsf788571c.jpg photo 162e2resized_zpsb2c5d9d5.jpg photo 163eresized_zpseb679dba.jpg photo 192eresized_zps9995c240.jpg photo 194eresized_zpsc4b99a6f.jpg photo 214eresized_zpscf0d365e.jpg

A couple of Allan’s cell phone pictures of the day.  photo photo2eresized_zps6cd8a6cb.jpg photo photo3eresized_zpsd3d1613f.jpg

And then Christmas dinner! I made a ham for the first time.  photo 021eresized_zpsc5342e93.jpg photo 024eresized_zps7a169315.jpg

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