Saturday, December 31, 2011

December Happenings... AKA Christmas!

I have been putting off this post for a couple of days.  Trying to put a different spin on Christmas pictures is hard.  I am sure you are tired of reading about all the presents, family gatherings, etc!  But I just can't come up with a way to make this topic fresh for y'all!  Maybe it's the lack of sleep... No, I slept 6.5 hours straight last night (thank you LuLu!).  Maybe its the 4 kids eating at my brain all day... Naw, they are pretty good AND Nate has been working a bunch from home. Perhaps, just maybe, it's because Christmas IS truly all about the presents and gatherings... Now we are onto something!  But not the presents Santa brings.  And not the family gatherings of duty. Christmas is about the present and gathering that can only come from our Savior's birth.  The gift of Eternal Life and the gathering of those from afar, just to pay tribute and bring gifts. Gift giving not out of obligation, but out of respect and honor.  Family gatherings not out of duty, but because we love each other and deeply desire to connect with one another.

I hope you enjoy seeing our December as much as we did living it!

On their way to Palomar Mountain for the day with Grandpa Dave.
To the Vermont Family: Those are the hats from Cathy's store!  Hooray for Turtle Fur!!

Lucy's 1st Christmas gift from Uncle Jeff and Cousins Ryan and Adam!

Not a great picture...  But what you can kinda see here is the Turner Family Wii Oath. 
Things were getting a bit out of hand one night while playing Super Mario Bros and Scooby Doo.  Angry words, hurst feelings, not sharing or taking turns, etc.  You get the picture!  Time for Mommy to step in...
First, all kids and daddies got a timeout from videogames. 
Next, Mommy made all kids and daddies take an oath to only speak kind words to each other,
take turns and freely give grace, or else
I am happy to report things are better.  Bailey has gotten the concept of "Bubbling" in Super Mario Bros better and Daddy is sharing and taking turns more frequently!  LOL!

Daddy and his girls! 
What a trooper! Maggie on his back, Lucy on front and Bailey holding his hand!  It was cold and even started to sprinkle on us during this walk.

Our Gingerbread House.

Maggie's Big Wheel!  Will is always there to give a helping hand!
Especially if it means getting to presents faster!

Almost 80 degrees on Christmas day!  We sat on Oma's patio for Dinner!

Right before the frenzy!

Hey, wait!  He's not trash!!

Groucho Marx on skates!

She wouldn't even take the skates off to eat!!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Can't wait to share our 2012 happenings with you all!

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