Right before Christmas, both kids put on shows for us - Claire at church, and Sean at school. You can watch Claire's Christmas pageant here - she was "God's Angel and had a few lines - but I didn't post Sean's because I didn't have permission from the other parents. I can arrange a private viewing if you would like to see a cute little Christmas tree sing and dance.
The Christmas Pageant crew
Our little angel
Our little Christmas tree
And a visit from Santa - yay!
We spent Christmas with my family in Boise this year. It had been five years since we had done so (what with living abroad and all), and was a ton of fun. Many of us were sick in one way or another, but it was still wonderful spending time with family and watching the kids play together.
Some pictures from our trip:
Happy road trippers! They did GREAT both directions, which really helped with a 14.5-hour drive...
Bedtime stories with Nana are the best.
Claire and I got to help her aunt and cousin volunteer for the Salvation Army's Operation Wish Book while we were there. We helped people pick out books for their kids, and even practiced some Spanish!
It was so much fun for Claire to discover all the new books to read at Nana and Grandpa's house...
Both kids also loved all the fun Christmas decorations, too, especially the singing/noisier ones.
For Christmas Eve we have a big sourdough waffle/quiche brunch, and we had some good cleanup helpers this year. The boys cleared...
...and the girls washed. Teamwork!
Opening stockings is always a highlight...
...although Sean's arms almost weren't long enough to reach the bottom of his...
Santa is always so generous!
Boy snuggles for Nana...
...and girl hugs for Daddy... Claire's cousin loved playing with her hair - fancy!
Presenting Nana and Grandpa Joe with their birthday/Christmas family trip - looking forward to spending more time together this summer!
I made more gingerbread in Boise so we would have some - it's way better with help.
With extended cousins on Christmas Eve night.
Christmas morning excitement!
Giving Grandpa Joe a thank-you hug for the cool Magna-tiles.
Christmas morning snuggles from my bunnies.
LEGO girl! She was lamenting that she didn't have any regular bricks - problem solved! She has a new Star Wars shirt on, too - it was a LEGO-Star Wars kind of Christmas this year. We took the kids and Nana to see the new movie, which was awesome!
Every Nana needs present-opening helpers...
Taking a break to snuggle and read a book together.
Shopkins are one of Claire's new favorites - Santa delivered.
Cheering for big cousin's soccer game with Papa Dean.
The cousins had a sleepover at their house, which was the BEST. It also gave Graham and I a date night (we had TWO in a week and a half!), which was an awesome bonus.
Sean with his new soccer ball. Once we were back in Denver, he wanted to go over to his cousins' house to play with it. Sorry, buddy - not so easy!
Inmediatamente antes de la Navidad, ambos niños tenían espectáculos para nosotros – Claire en la iglesia y Sean en la escuela. Pueden ver la obra navideña de Claire aquí – ella estaba el ángel de Dios y hablaba un poco – pero no puedo publicar el show de Sean porque no tenía permisión de los otros padres. Puedo mostrarlo a ustedes si quieren ver un lindo árbol de Navidad quien está cantando y bailando.
Pasamos la Navidad con mi familia en Boise. Ha sido cinco años desde visitamos ellos para la Navidad (con viviendo en Costa Rica y todo), y nos divertimos mucho. Algunos de nosotros estaban enfermos de varios maneras, pero estaba muy bien pasar tiempo con familia y disfrutamos mirar los chicos jugando juntos.