December 31, 2018
I told the kids that if they came out of their room before 6:30 I would take away one of their presents. At 6:30 on the dot Griz came and woke us up. We got Brent and everyone awake (except Izzy, we let her sleep) and bleary eyed headed out to the tree. We have video of most of it but here are some pictures:
this is her face that says... I didn't ask for this... what the heck is it...
This is my face after unwrapping the little hatchimal egg Sanna has been DYING to have me open for several days leading up to Christmas.
Griz's method of opening his comforter.
Checking out if he knows all the animals on his comforter. He loved it! We didn't get a picture of Chico checking out his comforter but he thought it was cool too.
Been begging for a lunchbox since he destroyed his Spider man one.
Acting surprised about the hat he asked for.
Sanna got a new blanket too. She already had a comforter so we got her a velvet plush blanket we found at Ross. I wanted to buy it anyway but then when we saw the eye mask we just had to. We couldn't stop laughing about it. We love when she wears eye masks to bed, it cracks us up.
Thor got some new toys too.
Izzy finally woke up and joined us. She was completely out of it for a while in a sleepy state. But then we started getting some reactions...
These fairy wings were so simple but one of her favorite things, probably because she specifically asked for them.
Santa gave him a gear ball. We wouldn't let him look it up online how to solve it. He figured it out on his own WAY faster than I thought he would. 10:30 a.m. is when this picture was taken.
Izzy and Daddy were excited for him too.
Chico brought out all his cubes and was working on them. He re-scrambled his gear ball and was very frustrated for the rest of the day because he couldn't re solve it.
They got back out on their motorcycles pretty early in the day and started riding again.
These pictures however were taken that evening when it was starting to get dark.
This video shows how fast Sanna is learning to ride her motorcyle. Girl was on training wheels before this. Now she's riding! And her pure joy at exclaiming "best Christmas present ever!". It's how we all felt! The Harlows really knew what these kids needed to enjoy our property more!
We were getting ready to drive down to see our neighbors and then found out they weren't home so I took these pics as I was getting her out. She's too dang cute!!!!
December 26, 2018
I had been kind of dreading church for the Christmas program on Dec. 23rd. I got asked to play a few duets on the piano with Tammy Aley, she's a really good pianist. She also asked me to do a few with Chico (a future amazing musician) for prelude. Many of you know how I freeze up when I play the piano in public. I’d much rather sing. This ward doesn’t seem to know I sing though so I keep getting called upon for piano. I have grown so much this last year in my piano playing. I don’t freeze nearly as badly. Today actually went really well, it was kinda fun even!!! It was a really cool music filled meeting. I do miss singing though, wish we had a ward choir.
Pictures to come soon of the coolest Christmas gift ever! The Harlows brought their gifts to our kids Motorcycles!!! It took Sanna and Chico a bit to gain confidence. Griz took to it like a pro though. He's such a natural.
The kids have been over the moon excited about them, zooming all over our property. It's adorable!!! Even Sanna, who couldn't even ride a bike without training wheels has gotten the hang of it. We mostly have video but I'll have to post some pictures of them on here soon.
Christmas Eve finally arrived! They spent most of the morning riding their motorcycles.
I didn't get too many videos because I was busy inside.
It turned out to be a pretty busy evening with all the calling of family but still fun. Luckily our annual swedish meal isn't too terribly hard to make. Open face sandwiches of ham, mustard, cheese on rye bread.
Cracker bread of course!
And for dessert. The crown of the night. Is princess torta. I forgot to buy chocolate for drizzling. Still tasted great without it, it's more for decoration anyway.
They got to open quite a few presents on Christmas Eve because of face timing with grandparents. Sanna was the only one we captured a picture of before going to bed. We stayed up way later than normal.