Friday, January 2, 2009

Merry Christmas!

We finally got our tree put up on Christmas Eve! With everything going on and David's surgery, we just didn't get it up any earlier than that. David usually puts the tree together (it's an artificial one since David & I both are allergic to the real thing) and strings the lights...and then I do the decorations (with Christopher's help for the last few years). This year, however, David wasn't quite up to doing his part...so Christopher and I did the whole thing together! I put the tree together (no easy task since I'd never put this particular one together & had NO instructions) and strung the lights (once we found a strand tat worked)! Christopher cheered me on during this part...he was beside himself with excitement! When the ornaments came out, he was all over it! I put up the breakable ones, but let him do most of the others. He did a pretty good job of spacing them out, too - especially considering how limited his reach is! :) The picture above was taken when we finished the tree! Yes, that's my boy in blue-jean shorts & no shirt! It's pretty much 80 degree weather year-round here!

On Christmas morning, David & I had barely woken up when we hear a little voice from Christopher's room calling, "Did Santa come?" When David told him to come see, he started bouncing like a bunny at the tree saying, "He did come! He did come!" Above, Christopher is checking out his stocking while waiting on Grandma J to arrive. On the years that we are in Naples for Christmas, Grandma J comes over to watch Christopher open his presents & see what Santa brought! Then later, we go over to Grandma J's house and open more gifts!
As soon as Grandma J arrived, Christopher started going through his stocking and showing Grandma what he had. Then...the unwrapping of the presents began!
Please don't laugh at the choice of PJ's Christopher's sporting on this fine Christmas morning! He's at that age where he likes to dress himself (sometimes) and this is what HE chose to wear! So much for the new PJ's for Santa tradition...at least this year! :)
About half-way through the opening of the prsents, i dawned on me that I might want a picture of the tree wih the presents under it...this isthe best I got! Oh well! It's a cute shot, anyway!
At Grandma J's house, we had a GREAT Christmas dinner - complete with pumpkin pie! YUM! Christopher slept through most of dinner...but woke up just in time for presents! We opened gifts from Grandma J, Uncle Chuck, and the Ohio Jansens (Uncle Bob, Aunt Betsy, Jenny, Ali, & Abby)! Above, Christopher is showing off one of his gifts from Uncle Bob & Aunt Betsy - a new wallet with money to spend! Now he can go shopping with Mommy! FUN! Thanks, Uncle Bob & Aunt Betsy...wish you all could have been down here to celebrate with us! :) By the way, clothing choice was Christopher's again. He got this vest for Christmas from us & insisted on wearing it to Grandma's house! Personally, I would have put a shirt under it...but it's cute anyway! :)
Grandma J made Christopher a very special book about Jesus' parables. She also gave him some gloves for pulling weeds with Daddy! As you can see, he's taking full advantage of both! Grandma also bought him 2 children's books on Jesus' parables to go along with the book she made. Grandma wanted these books to stay at her house so they could read them together when Christopher comes to visit. Speaking of reading...the video below is one of Christopher reading one of his take-home books from school to Grandma J. You can hear David & his brother Chuck in the background. Hopefully you can hear Christopher reading, too. :)

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