In early December, K and A along with their Musical Presentation group from 4H performed Christmas songs for two nursing homes in our town. It was very sweet and the kids all sang and did sign language to the songs along with playing instruments. My girls said they really enjoyed it and it they liked the feeling of doing something nice for those older ladies.
|A and K at the 2nd nursing home|
|The ladies at the first home we went to|
|After the presentation. K, A, J and E|
This year at church we did things a little different, usually there is a play put on by the children. Instead, our Pastor and one of the men recited the Christmas story from Luke and Matthew, while stopping at different parts so that others could perform specials. We had piano playing and violins and singing. It was beautiful. My 5 girls did a scripture recitation, they did Luke 2:7 and 2:11. August performed Joy to the World on her violin and K played The First Noel on hers. It was a nice evening.
|Pastor and Bro. Michael|
|Waiting to do their Christmas specials|
|My girls about to do their scriptures|
|K playing The First Noel|
|A playing Joy to the World|
|The girls and I made these cute reindeer cupcakes from the Family Fun magazine.|
|All of the younger girl cousins|
This year we had our first annual Christmas cookie baking day at Oma's (my mother in laws) house. Her sister came to visit for a couple weeks from Germany. It's exciting when out of town family comes to visit. My girls all loved her a lot. It was a very fun day. The kids decorated sugar cookies and other goodies and then went on to make Christmas trees out of ice cream cones.
|A, "A" and K|
|Me, E, J and Tante Bettina|
(tante is aunt in German)
|Oma with most of her grandchildren|
|Oma helping S, E and J make ice cream cone Christmas trees|
Our regular tradition is to open all the presents on Christmas Eve morning. All of the girls open a gift of new jammies the night before. We only have H with us on Christmas Eve, so most of our celebrating is done that day. This was a very small Christmas this year as far as gifts go. The kids received jammies, one larger gift they asked for and a small puzzle for the little girls and a sewing kit for the older girls. We are buying a house and cut back a lot on the gifts this year. I also always make a big Christmas Eve morning breakfast. This year my husband's parents and his aunt came to eat with us. It was a very nice morning. Adam helped me cook the breakfast and the kids played happily with their new stuff.
|J and E got flannel nightgowns with matching ones for their dolls|
|Our nice neighbors brought over some gifts for the girls as well|
|J and her Leapster. It's an educational game.|
|A and her new camera|
|H and her shearling boots|
|E and her Leapster|
|K and her new camera|
|Adam makin' bacon. I'm terrible at making bacon.|
|E, Oma and J|
|Oma, A, H and K|
After some clean up Adam and I took the girls on a little nature walk. It was a little chilly but very nice. August had fun testing out her new camera.
|All of our sweet girlies|
|Mommy and Daddy|
photo by A
Opa opening his gifts
|A took a picture of one of her gifts. Those are the best chocolates. Yumm.|
|All but one of the grandkids|
|Adam's older brother and sister|
|Adam and E|
|Adam's younger brother and his girlfriend|
|J and Mimi (my mom)|
|J and Grandpa (my dad)|
|Grandma and most of the grand-girls|
|They all got snuggies|
And last but not least. We spent New Years eve at our church. We had a nice Watchnight service and then played games and did fireworks. We got home and had birthday cake for H at 1 am. She turned 11 on 1-1-11.
|H and her Uncle|
|H and her Grandpa|
Whew, it sure was a busy month. We had a great time though. We are now getting ready to move into our new home.