Christmas Eve is always a big party for Jeff's family. There was food, games, and even dancing this year. And, of course, the usual nativity performance.
(Sorry about the bad quality pictures and red eyes. I'm not really sure what's wrong with my camera.)
Then Christmas morning we told the story of Christ's birth, like so many do, then went out to see what Santa had brought.
This year Christmas was declared a Spiderman Holiday in our home.
Griffin showed his GLEE in many faces:
Kai also approved of the chosen character theme this year.
Treyson was just happy to be there, as usual.
Along with individual bikes, we gave the boys this excellent yard sale find:
After presents and Treyson's nap, we went over to the Gardners' for breakfast. We exchanged a few gifts there then over to my parents where we presented them with a music video. The film also included some "poking fun of......" and inside jokes/memories from growing up. I'm pretty sure they LOVED it!!
My favorite part of Chrismas this year was making dolls for my nieces. It took hours of neglecting housework and kids, but I got them all done. I first saw THESE DOLLS made by my cousin and fell in love. She had a link on her post to inform where she got the pattern. The original dolls can be found HERE. Jennica and I used the pattern found on the Martha Stewart website from when the Black Apple Doll creator appeared on the show.
I changed MY dolls quite a bit. I liked a bigger leg and arm -- turned the feet a different way -- added a skirt and shoes. Like I said, it was a fun gift to make.
Here they are:
You can see the shoes and the dark-haired dolls better in this picture: