The month of December was filled with all kinds of activities and events! I will be posting some of those fun things in the near future but, for today I am filling this blog with pictures of our Christmas Day!
Wondering where Rex is in the picture above?... Look real close in the middle of the group. If you need a hint Kinely and Paisley are watching him.
We had a hard time getting him to hold still and smile for the picture.
We almost got it in this one (above)...
Thankfully Dave was willing to jump in the picture for a quick Christmas morning shot!
The girls woke up early... much earlier than I was willing to get up. So, we let them open stockings as we tried hard to get an extra 30 minutes of sleep. The girls were thrilled to find hand sanitizer and new key chains for their school bags. The sticky hands from Uncle Brian and Aunt Carol were a hit too. By the time I woke up the girls had managed to pick out the wrapped present they were certain was at the top of their wish list this year.
Kinley picked correct! She was thrilled to unwrap her much anticipated American Girl doll "Rebecca".
Alexa was ecstatic to find the American Girl doll "Caroline" with her name on it. She immediately pulled her out of the box and gave those beautiful, blonde curls as good, long comb job!
Paisley getting ready to open her very own jogging stroller for her dolls.
Sure love this little guy!
Zoey already had an American Girl doll but, was anxious to get her some much needed accessories... if you can't tell by the boxes all around her, she received lots and lots of American Girl accessories for her doll. She has been so sweet to share her new stuff with her sisters. I have seen Alexa's doll in these clothes much more often than Zoey's doll. She is such a peacemaker in our home. I feel blessed to have her as a part of our family.
I love this picture above. Rex is unwrapping his new bike. If you can't tell by his face, a bike is exactly what he had been dreaming of finding under the tree this year!
Paisley was pretty excited about all her new baby doll stuff. When she opened her American Girl doll "Bitty Baby" she could hardly wait to use all the new accessories on her. Her baby is the same as her (green eyes and blonde hair). So, she named her "Little Paisley" but, more often refers to her as "Bitty Baby"!
Kinley is still loving the color purple. This love of purple was a big deciding factor in choosing her "Rebecca" doll. I love that Kinley is such a fashion conscious kid! I know when I see her in this particular outfit, she prefers to be called "Rebecca". My favorite detail of the look is the locket and hair clip. You can't see it but, her doll also has a matching locket and very similar clip on the side of her hair too. Kinley will usually have me curl her hair to match when she plans this look for school! Such a cutie!
Paisley and Bitty Baby! This is a loved little doll. Most days of the week Paisley will park her jogging stroller by the front door at some point around lunch time. She knows that shortly after lunch we will be walking down to pick sisters up from school and wants to be prepared. I buckle my baby Rex into my stroller as she buckles her baby into her stroller and we walk together to get sisters. Kids are so much fun!This year we really tried hard to focus more on activities that bring our family together and deepen our children's relationship and personal testimony of our Savior Jesus Christ instead of focusing on presents... I feel like this year we achieved this goal. Our tree appeared a little empty Christmas morning but, at the end of opening presents everyone was just as ecstatic as they have been every year. Christmas can be such a stressful time of year as a parent. On the weeks leading up to Christmas day I analyze and worry about every detail of the event... wondering if I have done all I should to make the day magical and perfect for everyone! When I see the excitement this day brings to my kids, it makes me so happy! Christmas morning is a great day of year to be a mama!