Wednesday, December 30, 2009

christmas day 09

Merry Christmas!!!!trace and lucas have been very good this year, so santa came to visit!! he brought lots of goodies for the boys, probably too many! but hey, spoil them while they are young, right? :o) lucas woke us up about 6:30 on christmas morning. i fixed him a bottle and put him in bed with me and nate. a few minutes later, trace woke up calling MAAAMMMAAA at the top of his lungs! the minute i opened his door, it was non-stop santa talk! did santa come? is he here? did he leave us presents? santa presents santa presents santa presents! that's all i heard! so we put lucas on the floor to crawl into the living room, and instead he went strait to trace's room where he knew his old toys were. it's his first christmas, and obviously he's too young to understand any of it! i got this picture of trace coming down the hallway. poor thing looks half asleep! but he couldn't get to the tree fast enough, he was so excited! and lucas, we got him steered in the right direction, and then he just stopped in the kitchen. he did not understand why we wanted him to follow his bubba to see if santa had come!
he was awake, i promise! just snapped the pic with his eyes closed!
and here's lucas, stopping in the kitchen- all smiles!

trace was overwhelmed with all the stuff under the tree. he reached strait for his stocking and started pulling out his treats! he got big boy scooby doo undies, a few toys, some m&m's, and a life-saver book in his stocking. lucas got blocks and a few small toys. the boys had fun opening their gifts. then nate and i opened a few... we had both gone shopping and got some great deals earlier in december, so that was basically our christmas to each other.

nate opening his new pictures to go on his desk at work. he was showing them to trace!

opening presents is so much fun! trace really got into it! nate had to help lucas.

ok this picture is cracking me up! lucas is looking at this book like WHAT THE HECK!?! his face is sooo funny to me. i just love it! every time i see it, it makes me smile! (it's the baby bear book in the brown bear series, we LOVE these and have all of them!)

so i wasn't gonna tell everyone this, well, all 3 of you who read my blog probably already know! but for lucas for christmas, we got down 3-4 large standing toys from the attic, that we saved from trace. lucas is so small and really has no idea what this present thing is all about! so we got him a book and some balls to open, but other than that, he got hand-me-downs from trace! (you may think i'm being cheap, in a way, i was. but at the same time... makes good sense to me!) anyways. back to his sweet face in that pic... i LOVE it! ;) here's lucas playing with his new activity table.

trace loves to read. and he loves mickey! so we got him a "look and find" mickey book. he also got a ninja turtle on a 4 wheeler, some new pj's and a new batman shirt, a "scooby dooby mooby" (which is his MOST FAV thing ever!) and this thomas the train set with a track. he would tear open his gifts, get excited for a minute, then ask where the next present was. it was funny!

here is trace playing with his new train. can you believe he hasn't even had it a week, and already a few pieces of the track have gone missing? I CAN! i'm sure they are deep down at the bottom of his toy box, probably never to be found again!

so after everything was open, i saw 2 presents still under the tree! and they were for me, from nate. he knew what i wanted, and he came through! if any of you DON'T know, nate is a VERY talented artist. he can draw like nobody's business. he has drawn a picture of trace for me, and he knew i've been wanting one of lucas! well SURPRISE, i got one of lucas, to match the older one of trace, AND i got a new one of trace. i LOVE them both!!! he's going to do 1 more of lucas, so they will match and we can hang them together! i can't wait! don't you LOVE my new drawings? i do!!

so that was christmas morning at our house! next we went to bitsy and poppi's for brunch and presents! we had a DELISH spread for brunch... including but not limited to: fruit and sweet fruit dip, ham biscuits, MONKEY BREAD (my FAV!), egg and cheese squares, bread pudding, grape salad, sausage and cheese crosaints, and i can't remember what else! i wish i would have taken a few pics of the food, but i was way too hungry to do that. ha! after we had all stuffed ourselves, we opened presents! again, the kids got more things than they will ever need! they were so cute to watch, caden started off by squealing with delight over the spiderman yo-yo we put in his stocking. you'd have thought it was a million bucks!

again, lucas didn't really know what was going on. but he had fun anyways! bitsy helped him open his gifts in stocking. and later, he rode on daddy's shoulders!

the kids got SO many presents, from everyone! it was kind of hard this year, to explain to trace that christmas is really all about jesus. he knows it is baby jesus' birthday, but he also knows about santa. it's just something that we will continue to teach him as he gets older, that santa and presents are just part of the fun that represent christmas, but it's not what christmas is all about! i think next year i want to start the tradition of baking a birthday cake for jesus on christmas! won't that be fun?

and of course, one of my favs, me and my boys!!
we hung out for a little while, then we headed home. it was a big decision that nate and i made, not to go to huntsville and see his grandparents on christmas day, like we've done in the past. but i've always dreamed of being married, having kids, and just hanging out at home on christmas day! lounging in pj's, playing with toys! so that's what we did. we missed the crew in huntsville, but we made a special visit the saturday before christmas to see his grandparents. so that will be our new tradition, and it's a great one in my book! we really enjoyed our christmas with family. we are still trying to put batteries in new toys, and find a place for all the new stuff. we have yet to take down our decorations, which i'm hoping will come this weekend. if not, oh well, there's always next weekend! :)
i really hope you all had a great christmas! we definitely did!
luke 2:10-14
"but the angel said to them, i bring you good news, of great joy which will be for all the people. today in the town of david, a savior has been born to you, he is christ the lord. this will be a sign to you, you will find a baby wrapped in cloths, and lying in a manger. suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising god and saying, "glory to god in the highest, and on earth, peace and goodwill to men on whom his favor rests."
one last thought on christmas. it's something i hit on a few days ago on my facebook status. there is just something about being a mom to 2 young boys that REALLY makes christmas special. i try and put myself in mary's shoes. it is so hard! i just can't imagine how she did what she did... from riding on a donkey 9 months pregnant, to finding a place to give birth OUTSIDE! then watching her sweet and perfect son grow up and live a sin-less life, only to die the harshest death, on a cross! to watch him die for all of mankind, for MY sins, so that one day i can live forever in eternity with jesus himself! wow, i'm so thankful she was obedient, b/c i'm not so sure i could have been! now THAT'S what christmas is all about folks!


Shalita said...

I have tried many times to put myself in Mary's shoes and I feel like you---pretty certain that I would be disobedient! Praise the Lord for Mary's obedience and thank you Father for the sweetest, greatest gift we could EVER receive----JESUS CHRIST!

I love, love, love the pictures Nate drew for you! They are incredible! I was teary eyed just looking at them and they were not even my presents!

I think you are wise in your hand me down gifts. Lucas doesn't know and if Trace even remembers the toys, he will enjoy playing with them again. Definitely do it now while you can and the boys don't ask questions.

We bought a great book this year to read each night from December 1 through December 25. It is sort of like an advent book for preschoolers. Jacey Grace and Ella Kate could answer the questions each night and we would all close with the prayer it presented. It gave an activity or craft for each day and was just neat in confirming the importance of celebrating the birth of Jesus. We are out of town right now, but when we get back I will let you know the name of the book and you may be interested in getting it for next year.

Thanks for sharing your sweet Christmas memories!

Trace Car Driver said...

shalita- thanks for the sweet comment! glad i'm not the only one who feels that way about mary!

and thanks, i love my drawings too! he captured the boys perfect.

please do let me know the name of that book, i would love to get it for the kids!

hope ya'll have a great time at the beach!

Meg said...

very fun Christmas! The boys are precious!