Every year we make it a point to visit both sides of the family either on or close to Christmas Day. In our almost 5 years of marriage, we have always either been with Jordan's side of the family or mine on Christmas Day. However, this was our first year of Jordan being a senior pastor (which has been amazing) and we wanted to have a Christmas Eve Service. Therefore, this was our first time to spend Christmas Eve/Day in our own house....and we loved it. It was really neat to be able to start our very own traditions and as the boys get older, I'm sure we will add more. But for this year, we kept it pretty simple. For example, after the Christmas Eve service, we came home and each of the boys got to open one present. They loved this....I'm sure we will do it again in 2013. On Christmas morning, after the boys opened their presents, I made cinnamon rolls. And for our late lunch, I cooked blueberry pancakes. We spent the rest of the day relaxing as a family and playing with new toys and watching new movies. : ) And for dinner, I made potato soup...it hit the spot on our cold, white Christmas!
Next Christmas, I'm really hoping and praying that the Lord will give the boys more understanding and that we can heavily center Christmas on the birth of Jesus. It's not that we didn't do that this year, they just still don't really understand which is perfectly normal for their ages. I'm really wanting to try some of the Advent traditions this next Christmas so I would appreciate any and all advice and ideas on that. : )
Okay, so for pictures...I'll do them in order, of course...
Christmas in Mount:
When we made it back to Lawton, we were surprised to find that a bad wind storm had blown through and had blown a huge patch of shingles off our roof. So Jordan and Elijah put the boy's new wagon, that Steven and Ashley bought the boys, to good use....We're really praying that the insurance covers this damage...yikes!
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in Lawton:
Christmas in Bowie:
So now that the Christmas season has come and gone, I'm ready for winter to leave too. I get anxious for spring every year around this time...I guess I better sit tight!