Sunday, December 26, 2010

The aftermath

I am curled up on the sofa by the fire while a Nor'easter snowstorm blows around the house. I love a good blizzard! It seems like a good time to blog about our Christmas day festivities.

Before we let the kids come downstairs on Christmas morning, we Skyped Ryan so he could be with us while the kids opened presents. It was so awesome to have Ryan right there. At first we just talked and then the kids started to open presents. It was so cute how they would show him what they got.

Sweet Chloe, who has always been Ryan's buddy, started to cry when she was talking to him. She misses him so much. When the kids chose their spots to sit and open presents, she sat down right in front of the computer so she could be near Ryan.
Here they come!

Jordan is but a blur as he flies by

And Jake brings up the rear

Clustered around the computer to wish Ryan a Merry Christmas

Ryan was very festive in his signature Santa hat. He always wears one when we open presents. We sent him one right after Thanksgiving so he could get in the spirit a little early.

Jeff adjusts the computer so that Ryan can see the kids tear into their presents

Woowee...Gymboree outfits from Grandma!


Molly is a budding photographer and now she has her own camera. Look out world!

Jillian really wanted a pillow pet

Dad records the memorable moments

What a mess!!

Jordan's Army bear {or is it a dog? whatever...}

Katie model's her new outfit {Mom...this photo is for you!}

Zoey fell in love with this ridiculous blow-up football helmet that we got as a gag gift for Molly
{who has been begging for a real football helmet}

Jake {helps} set the table for Christmas dinner. The kids insisted on eating in the dining room "because it makes dinner feel special."

Smile everybody!

Notice they only have rolls on their plates.

Don't forget to take our picture, mom!
{Notice the Teenager lurking in the background. I have to be sneaky to get a photo of him.}

And just to prove that I was actually there, I took my own picture.


Anonymous said...

Computers are wonderful things for keeping in touch with those who can't be there...and I love that your kids wanted to eat at the dining room table. Happy New Year to you and your family!!!

Kim K. said...

How awesome that Ryan could be with you over skype during the gift opening festivities. Brilliant idea!!

Happy New Year to your sweet family!

PS. We'll be at UofM Hospital on Wednesday with my MIL. I'll be thinking of you and our special connection.

Lori said...

Oh, I love that last pic of you! You look every bit as ornery as your kids. :) I think I've seen that same look on Jake's face in a photo or two. It's all making sense now. LOL

How great is Skype? I mean, fun to have him right there with you. Made me all teary-eyed to see him "sitting" there with all the kids. So sweet!

I just love all your pics! They just ooze with joy! So special!

sara said...

looks like so much fun at your house!!! And yea for skype!!!! How awesome is that?!!!

Have a great week! and Happy New Year!!

Tina Michelle said...

LOL I have to take my own pics too! Just to prove I was there! :)

That looks so fun. Skyping is so amazing! Your kids are so adorable and pose so sweetly at the table!

trustandobey said...

Feels like I was right there with you! We got Pillow pets as well and I recognized the Gymboree right off the bat. You are such a trooper to take your own photo. Our Christmas celebration turns ugly fast if someone tries to get my picture on Christmas morn.

Adeye said...

So absolutely wonderful. I love that you had Ryan right there with you. I bet that was so good for your heart, friend.

Beautiful memories.

Laine said...

Adorable! You and your sweet family! It is so great to catch up and now I'm off to read more posts so I can see what all you've been up to!
I love your Christmas "mess" me it speaks volumes about all the FUN and LAUGHTER there must be around your home! :)
Hugs and Happy New Year!

Serving the King said...

Gracious what a fun morning you all had! Love the pics, you can just see the excitement bubbling right on through!

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