We started the day with breakfast. Stacia managed to work this out well.
The kids had great fun changing our calendar to a new month and a new year!
Today is the 8th day of Christmas - and the day we had decided to have a family gift exchange. We started by talking about God gifting us with family and sharing what about family caused us to be thankful.
I asked Mike to take a photo, as I thought I'd be absent in many photos of the day. LOL
Twenty lbs lighter, 35 to go....Lookin Great by 48? Feelin Great by 48?
Josiah and Jamin bought Zander and Nolan very cool RC helicopters. They are SWEET.
Can you tell there are earbuds in the strings of the hood? She was sort of saying, "Oh, that will be interesting." I told her you just stick the ends of the strings into your ears. I told her you put your ipod in your pocket...but Arielle doesn't have an ipod. ::snort:: Wasn't that a great way to totally surprise her.
Coin Rack to display military coins
Jared and Arielle got me this stain glass.
We cleaned up. We played games and played with toys.
Josiah enjoyed teaching the boys how to fly their copters.
We gave the kids a Wii....they were SURPRISED. It was very affordable for us as that was IT - and for 5 kids, day after Thanksgiving sale....it worked well. We were surprised when we couldn't find their other gift ANYWHERE. We had given each child a Wii game. WHERE could they be????? It was a bummer - but Josiah and Jamin had given them a game, so they are enjoying. We realized the Wii isn't going to work great with the projector - thinking of work arounds.
I worked on go-withs to accompany the slow roasting turkey. I'm trying to use up as much as possible from our chest freezer while the big guys are here. They eat - and I love it.
They're ending the day playing Mario games. I'm going to edit as much of I can of my writing. I'd like to make copies tomorrow at chapel. I'm working on getting our James Study together.
Living all of life before the face of God...