Friday, December 30, 2011

Christmas #4: Nana and Henderson Uncles

Later Christmas morning, Nana, Uncle Joe, and Uncle Dan joined us.   We enjoyed a tasty breakfast made by Peter along with Mimosas (the kids' were made with ginger ale).  Then we opened gifts and played games.  Then, in the evening, the Uncles, Nana, Daddy and the girls went to the hotel and swam.  Delaney and Kate spent the night at the hotel with Nana and Uncle Dan, and then took Uncle Dan to the airport Monday morning.  Food was on the table all day, and we still decided to cook a huge ham, that resulted in weeks of leftover ham sammies.



 Rowena in her new dress from Santa, new slipper socks from Nana, and her very own Mario character stuffed animal, Birdo, from Uncle Joe!
 Reading a new book with Nana
 Playing new Wii games!  ROCK ON!
 Just a small sample of the food spread for the day.  Lots of yummy goodness!!!
Then, it was time for SWIMMING!!!

And, now time for bed at the hotel...all with matching sleep masks!  Love this!

Last morning with Uncle their new outfits from Nana for Christmas

 A Family Picture:

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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Christmas #3: Santa for the HenderClan

Our Family celebrated Christmas Morning, just the six of us...





Yea for fun sleep masks!

 The big family gifts this year (from Mom and Dad)--Kindle Fire and 3DS
 Happy Christmas!

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Christmas #2: Kridners

On Christmas Eve, we celebrated Christmas with the Kridners.  We went to Grammie & Poppy's house in the morning and stayed until close to 9.   We ate appetizers all day, open gifts, chatted, scratched off lottery tickets, and played. It was a nice, low-key, relaxing day. The girls had a difficult time waiting until Daddy got off work and arrived around 6:30. They couldn't wait to open gifts.

I think we need to work with our kids on how to receive gifts gracefully even if you're not a big fan or are disappointed.  From Grammie and Poppy, the girls got new personalized dance bags, leotards, ballet shoes/slippers, and tights, along with dance lessons for the next six months and their recital.  WONDERFUL gift!  However, Delaney wasn't thrilled.  She still looks at gifts as toys, not things like that.  Katie and Rowe didn't seem too disappointed, but Delaney tends to wear her hurt emotions on her sleeve.  Next were the gifts from Uncle Wesley and Aunt Leann.  Delaney got a robot puppy.  Something she's been wanting for years.  She took her old bike apart, keeping the parts in hopes to build one someday.  Well, Aunt Leann searched and searched and found one!  This was a gift for Delaney and Uncle Charming to put together as a team.  Well, when Katie got 3 gifts and Rowe got two, Delaney was crushed.  Again, not yet the best at accepting gifts.  She did get over it when she spent the next 45 minutes with Uncle Charming putting together her new robot, which she named Robotnic.

Here are pictures from our Kridner Christmas

Drinking fancy punch in fancy dresses while eating fancy crackers and cheese

Smiley Izzy
Playing Candyland with Aunt Leann

Izzy with her Daddy
Reading her new book

Rowe was amazing at getting Izzy to giggle

 Delaney and Uncle Charming making Robotnic, her very own, real robot puppy


Grammy with her youngest grandbabies
 Isabel is imitating Charlie's big eyes and startled look...when Charlie realizes it, Isable thinks she's funny.  Too cute!


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