Monday, December 27, 2010
Friday night we went up to my parents house for a yummy dinner and we did the Christmas Nativity. Matthew had a big role this year...Joseph!! (He is the only boy among 7 soon to be 8 granddaughters!!)
Darin left during the Nativity to go get his brother Tom! We were so glad that Tom could fly in and spend Christmas with us! After dinner we came home and we got into our matching p.j.'s that I made this year! Matthew and I ended the night by making some cookies and setting them out for Santa. Matthew LOVES to mix!! Everyday he points to the kitchen aid and says, "I mix!"
I LOVED Christmas this year!! Oh how I love being mama to this cute little Matthew!! He was so excited for Santa to come, and I think he understood it enough to really love it! Matthew loved finding the plate of empty cookies knowing that Santa ate them! He also loved opening his presents! Santa could have just given Matt one toy and he still would have been thrilled!! His two favorites were his blocks and his cars. It was such a fun morning!! Darin and I had a great Christmas too!! Santa got everything on my list, and most of Darin's too!! Darin's favorite gifts were his new drill and new razor. I was most excited for my new shoes, slippers, boots, and pot! Santa even magically got me a new iron since ours broke 2 days before Christmas! Tom got a little left our for Christmas, but Santa did remember him too!
After we opened our presents Matt, Darin, and Tom went out to try out Darin's new basketball. Matthew LOVED playing basketball with the big boys!
We also had fun building towers with Matthew's new blocks.
The next part of the day we spent at my aunt Kathy's house for our yummy Christmas breakfast!! Every year we have breakfast casserole, grapefruit, cinnamon rolls, juice and chocolate milk!! Oh it is sure a yummy breakfast and it is so fun to be with all my cousins!! This year we had a smaller group but it was still very fun!
After Kathy's we went to my mom's house to open our Christmas presents from them! Matthew LOVES his new tiger from grandpa and grandma!!
While the kids played with their new toys the adults played the BEST game EVER!! Have you seen the new tv show million dollar money drop? Well, we played my dad's version of that!! We each got $20 in quarters and we had different questions we had to answer just like the show, and we had to put them into bowls A B or C just like the show. The only difference was that any money that you "lost" went into a big bowl and the winner got to take all the money...up to $80!! Darin, Tom and I were on a team, and we lost, but it was still SOOOO much fun!! Thanks mom and dad!! We spent the rest of the day relaxing, eating, watching our new movie, playing games, and getting ready for our Gunnerson Christmas party. I really think that this was the BEST Christmas EVER!!!
Christmas didn't end on Saturday because we were able to have the Gunnerson Christmas party Sunday night! It was so fun to have all the family together, but we really missed mom and dad! This was the first time that we have had all of the boys together since our wedding, and the first time with all the boys, their wives and kids in my whole married life!! Our house was pretty full, but it was lots of fun! We had a delicious dinner (thanks to EVERYONE for all your help!!!) and then we opened presents from Grandma and Grandpa Gunnerson while we talked to them via skype! Thanks mom and dad for all the WONDERFUL presents!! We loved them ALL!!! Next the grandkids exchanged gifts to each other and they loved that too!! It was nice to sit, visit, and catch up with everyone!!
The cookies I made for the grandkids:
Our Crazy full basement, and talking to Grandpa and Grandma on Skype:
The 6 Gunnerson boys:
All the Grandkids (and two on the way):
All of the girls:
The whole family:
BEST CHRISTMAS EVER!!!