Thursday, December 28, 2017

Christmas Part 2


Christmas morning shenanigans.  

Brody's loot.  
He wanted an iPad and a Hatcnhimal.  That is it.  I know he is five, BUT he had always used my old generation 1 iPad and the thing finally quit on him.  So yes he is five and yes we got him an iPad.  

Mason's loot. 
He wanted a trampoline.  That is about it. 

The dreaded "take a picture on the stairs before you see what you got" picture. 
As you can see, Mason expected it....Brody wasn't happy. 

Let the fun begin. 


Mason didn't actually tell Santa his classmate broke his favorite beyblade, so he was confused here.  I will say, he is a very innocent child BUT he is also a very analytical person.  I think there are several things that he didn't think added up this year.  This is probably his last year of believing....=(


He finally saw his note to go check out the backyard. 

He just kept saying, "Daddy, Santa brought me a trampoline and didn't listen to you!"  Ha

Time to open our gifts. 



And then of course we jumped.  It was about 20 degrees outside, but it wasn't stopping anyone. 



Including the guy who didn't want a trampoline.  
He was the first one on it after Mason. 






Love this picture. 




After our gifts, we loaded up the car and went to Mickey Mouse and Pops' house.  
There was a Christmas explosion over there for sure. 

Electric scooter. 


We had talked a lot about saying we liked something even if it were clothes, or something we already had.  A LOT!  And he did so well.  He over expressed how much he just loved his jeans, etc.   lol







These cool cats both got iPads. 



We came home to get ready for Christmas lunch, but this guy had to jump again. 

And the neighbors saw the boys jumping over the fence, so they ran over as quickly as possible. 


He hatched twins.  He was so excited. 

This was the only picture I got at my parents house for Christmas lunch with the family. 


Came home and jumped until he couldn't feel his face.
Then he came in for some hot chocolate. 


I think this was about 5:30pm Christmas night and I would've sworn it was 8:30.  
We.  Were.  So.  Tired.  


But it was a great day.

I feel truly blessed to be able to live this life with these people.

Christmas Part 1


Even if they are 8 and 5, I made them wear matching pjs at Christmas.
Those smiles are fake, they were not impressed. 



We have our Christmas tradition where we take both boys to pick out a gift for the other.  Mason is so good at picking out gifts for people.  So good.  Brody always talks about this Hello Neighbor game and the boys play it outside with their friends.  I thought it was just a game, but apparently it is a video game. Had no clue.  Mason found it and said he HAD to get it for him. 

All wrapped and DONE. 


The elves got Dad again this year.
The boys LOVED it. 

We did Christmas with the Browers on Saturday morning with a yummy brunch.  We had a great time just hanging around and catching up.  But of course the kids were being good waiting to open presents. 




Anderson and Brody


Griff and Anderson picked out these masks for the boys.  
Now they can really nerf gun battle. 




All the grandkids. 

Brothers and sisters. 

J Brower fam. 

Not sure where we were looking here. 




Annual Brower pic. 
These kids are growing growing growing. 


The last three years. 

We were going to go ice skating with the kids after, but the road was blocked off to the rink. 
We decided to just let the kids play at Robert and Becca's and test out their new toys. 

Guess the adults did some testing too. 


We had a super fun day. 


We got home and the boys wanted to put together their forts from Gma Judy.  They were in heaven.  There is even a light in there.  




It has gotten COLD here.  Like brutally cold.  Christmas Eve was no different.
Mason asked for a trampoline from Santa this year.  He was pretty smart about it too.  He knew John disapproved of a trampoline for multiple reasons.  So he asked Santa, not Dad, and only asked for that.  NOTHING else.  John got played.  Ha.

So Christmas Eve, we went to church that morning (which was amazing).  I honestly wish Christmas Eve fell on a Sunday every year.  It was just an awesome service with beautiful music.  It is so hard to get wrapped up in the shopping, cooking, etc.   It was so nice to have an hour devoted to the meaning of Christmas.  We stopped all other things and truly focused on the only thing that should matter this time of year.

But then it was back to work.  It is so fun to know you are surprising them on Christmas morning.  It is so much better than receiving.  Like our pastor said, when his kids asked what was he looking forward to the most, he answered with "the same thing you are, your gifts".  And it is true.

John and I took the kids to my parents after lunch. If this trampoline was going to get put together, it would have to be in the daylight.  It took about 3 hours and it wasn't difficult at all.  Just time consuming and FREEZING.  It was even spitting rain a bit.  And oh so windy. 

But we did it.  And then moved it over to the side so the kids wouldn't see it.  We also picked them up as it was turning dark, so it all worked out.  


We have done Christmas Eve dinner at our house the last couple of years.  



We cooked a standing rib roast along with lots of other food.
Pretty sure we could have fed several other families.

It is always so nice to be able to sit together and have a nice meal. 

The boys get to open their Christmas pjs that night as well as their gift to each other. 

I love this because they also receive more joy giving to each other as receiving.  
And the looks on their face are priceless. 

Brody picked out Pokemon cards and a race car for Mason. 



And Mason got Brody that video game. 

He just couldn't believe it. 





Christmas pjs from Mickey Mouse. 


Mason went on and put his right on.  
And of course I made them take more pictures. 




Putting out the reindeer food. 

And milk and cookies. 



Part 2 coming up.