Monday, December 30, 2013

{Christmas Eve 2013}

We started our Christmas Eve morning at OPH (Original Pancake House)....we've done that the last several's the best breakfast joint around and only a mile from our house. 

We felt so treated when an anonymous couple paid for our breakfast!  How nice is that on Christmas Eve??  Just warms your heart that there is so much good in the world. We paid it forward hoping the chain would continue.... 
 My parents were spending Christmas at my sister's house in North Bend this year. My sister graciously invited us to join them for Christmas Eve. We had a blast!  The kids love any excuse to spend time with cousins, but holidays sure are the best!
First up was painting ornaments. I love our little collection of hand painted ceramic ornaments the kids have created over the years. 

My mom was working on another project, and I was a huge help watching her. 

These two had fun with their American Girl dolls.  

A marshmallow fight in the front room is always a good time! It was rowdy and loud and fun!
In the evening we had a lovely Christmas Eve program. Each of the kids performed something.  Addy played a song on the piano.
Rylan sang the 'Hippopotamus' song he learned at preschool. 

Carson played a Christmas carol on the cello.
We sang some hymns together.
And acted out the nativity, of course! 

 The shepherds listening so attentively to the angel. 

These two are so sweet together!
Everyone got new Christmas jammies.

And then we rushed off to snuggle them tight in their own beds in anticipation of Christmas Day!  It was a wonderful and relaxing time together.  Thanks for the invite Apkens!!


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