How we spent our Christmas

Friday, December 28, 2012

If you don't want to see a boatload of images, turn back now!
You know I have a hard time narrowing down my images.  So in my attempt to share them all and reduce the overload a bit,I thought I would try to create some storyboards (which is still very new to me and the reason for the delay in sharing them.)

Now on to the day...which started very early.  At 06:00 Baba woke me up so I could get dressed and ready my camera.  At 06:10, the sound of feet could be heard emerging from someone's bedroom.  Enter Madeline, who graciously was willing to watch a show on TV while we waited for her brother to wake up.  At 06:15, we heard a very loud "Merry Christmas!" and in entered said brother.  Oh well.  By 06:17, the process of unwrapping had commenced.
The dumplings had made a few requests: legos, roller skates, clocks for their rooms, a baby doll, and a pedometer (for Caleb.  How cute!)  And just like the night before, Caleb quickly set to work on one of his lego sets.  Madeline got to work too.
Late morning found the arrival of my sister, Andy, their munchkins and Andy's parents, Phil and Marsha.  When Caleb opened his roller skates earlier, he had commented that we forgot his elbow and knee pads.  In actuality, his cousins had him covered.
Leah scored a cute pair of shoes.
My sister got a shirt we picked up while in NYC earlier this month (and a cookbook.)
Then it was off to Disney Vero for a delicious buffet.  The kidlets watched cartoons while we waited to be seated.
Josh got a little bit of love from all his adoring fans.
After a delicious and belt busting meal, the kids let out some steam by running around outside on the resort grounds.
This year they were roaring dinosaurs.
My sister and I had fun capturing each other capturing the kids.
And she (gasp) even managed to capture a shot of the four of us.  Yay!
We walked over to the beach.
And the fresh salt air found Patrick growing some new hair.
The kids managed to snooze on the drive back to the house, which meant they had plenty of more energy to burn off.
After eating some ham and Texas "caviar" (when we weren't even hungry), we sang Happy Birthday to Jesus  because my sister helped me salvage the butter cream frosting for His birthday cake.  Thank you, Deb! lol

I'm so thankful that my sister lives within driving distance so our kidlets can spend the holidays together.  I'm thankful for family and extended family.  And I'm thankful for God's love and grace and the gift of His precious Son!

I hope you all had a wonderful and merry Christmas!
the long road


Deb 12/28/2012  

Aw girl, you know how much we enjoy seeing you guys. I love the photos of us trying to capture our kids ;) We all had such a wonderful time, relaxing, eating, eating and eating. Can't wait to see you again soon for your little man's birthday!

lisacng @ 12/28/2012  

Good job on the story boards! Loved seeing your kids enjoy Christmas morning, though 6 am certainly isn't fun ;). What great lego sets they got! I loved lego growing up! I love the photo of everyone looking out onto the beach and the boardwalk is their frame. Nice! LOL on the colorful tutu/wig!

the meaklims 12/28/2012  

I love the kiddies exciement opening thier gifts! And how wonderful that you and your sister are both into photography and can capture each other! :)


Cheri 12/28/2012  

It sounds like you had such a wonderful day! Merry Christmas!!

michele 12/28/2012  

Looks like the kids had a ball opening their gifts!! Fun tearing off the paper!
I remember being where you had dinner, I know it is such a great place. Glad you went back and enjoyed it again! Hopefully, we can go back again soon!
Love the pictures of Caleb missing his two front teeth! So cute!!
Love Auntie Michele!!!

Grandma (Bammy) 12/29/2012  

Great shots!!!
Miss those dumplings!!!
Merry Christmas.....
Lots of love

Kiana Bates 12/30/2012  

Love the photos! So cute :)

Kim C. 12/31/2012  

These are lovely! You have such a way with light! Your pictures are always the perfect white balance! I've enjoyed getting to know you this year! You are such a sweetheart!

Jancy 1/04/2013  

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! The pictures looked great as usual. SO happy Deb was able to get a picture of the 4 of you! Loved seeing you and Deb together as well. Is she into photography as well? Her kids (as well as yours) are so cute!!!!

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This blog is the place where shared our lives while waiting to bring our daughters Madeline and Havi home from China. (Our son Caleb was already home before this blog began.) It is now the place where we continue to share our life experiences, both big and little, as we try to glorify God and raise our 3 dumplings from China.

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