Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas in Pictures

Hi Dad, this one's for you! You asked for more pictures, and you got 'em!
We have had a fantastic Christmas break.  
Our only regret is that we couldn't bring our whole family to be here with us.
The Sunday before Christmas
Cheater's Gingerbread Houses
Someone found the frosting
We were lucky to open some presents a day early on Christmas Eve from Nonna and Babbo! 
They sent this awesome swing, which we plan to hang higher soon, but couldn't wait to get it swinging!
Our version of Christmas Eve "Dinner for the Holy Family" 
Then to our own live nativity.  Here you can see the Angel appearing to the shepherd.
Mary and her confused baby 
The Holy Family (as captured by our guest) 
Christmas morning the first present was this train table so we didn't wake up baby girl who had a rough night.
But when she woke up, she was ready to go and caught on very quickly!
Three excited peoplets patiently posing for a pre-present picture
Stocking loot examination 
Tiny Tim
My amazing present from Andrew--a piano!  
Ben's "something to eat:" CHEESE! #chocolateface
Mickey "lightsavers." Given from a friend, yet one of the most popular (if dangerous in the hands of my children)
Evelyn's top pick--toothbrushes 
Christmas Bliss
Little Bea reading "Little Bea"

A homemade notebook for a true writer
Abraham worked hard one day to earn money to buy these shoes for Evelyn.  She was very excited. 
He also put everything he could think of that was his in a large ducky gift bag for his brother. 
Post Present Embrace 
Evelyn received Jessie, completing our Toy Story collection 
Abraham aged three years when he received his first piano instruction book.  If he's ever a concert pianist, we'll be using this picture again.
Benjamin meeting his dragon. 
Christmas night dinner: the kids ate first and then we took our time while they played. 
Dinner was followed by a stirring rendition of "Jingle Bells," 
We then had a lovely little carol singing, including two cellists and a violist, all very good musicians.  I was holding a new baby, playing with my baby, and sitting by a three month baby during the concert.  It was heaven for me.
I wrote on my other blog about what we did today, if you're interested!