I hope everyone had a fabulous Christmas!!! We enjoyed celebrating with our families despite the Nebraska Blizzard 2009. Seriously. It all started with an ice storm and then the skies parted and over a foot of snow was dropped on us just in time for Christmas (with terrible drifting over 8 feet in areas). Fortunately we made it to my brothers on Christmas for our annual shrimp gumbo feast. Streets are just now getting cleared (our side street is still horrible) and it felt great to get out today after being homebound. We wore our PJs for days, ate tons of sweets, played Super Mario Bros on Wii and just spent time together as a family. It was worth the blizzard. Here are some pics of our Christmases .
Choo choo with cousin Asher (piano bench style)
Tearing in to a gift.
My precious boy looks so grown up!!
Decs had fun playing with cousins Ella and Shauny.
Nana and Papa got Decs a laptop like the one he obsesses about at their house. It was a hit.
We decided on some of our traditions. We are keeping our 3 present rule from last year (like the 3 wise men each brining 1 gift for baby Jesus). Last year we did something he needed, something he wanted and something to give away. This year I wasn't on top of giving something away- we want to adopt a family in subsequent years like we did last year.
Starting this year we did new pajamas for all. I want to extend it to all our nieces and nephews next year. We also bought Decs a Hallmark ornament. Mark's parents have done that every year (and still do). Mark loves his ornaments and we even have a smaller Hallmark tree for him to display them.
We're also doing a "in front of the tree" picture which isn't too original but I like the consistency of having one every year. I think that's all we established. It was fun to think of things for our little family--thanks also for all the suggestions!