|Noah's choir group practiced once a week for almost three months in preparation for our|
church's Christmas program.
|Natalie and her friend, George enjoy the music together.|
|The kiddie crowd showed their appreciation for the singing by raising their glowsticks high.|
|After the service....all hyped up and nowhere to go!|
|No words needed.|
|I'm not sure what she was expecting, but she has yet to bounce on it.|
"You mean you expect me to jump on that without my feet touching the ground?!" she asked
|This year the kids bought gifts with their own money. I took them to Five Below to do their shopping. They were so proud of their purchases and wrapped them immediately. Steve Claus with his new ceramic coffee mug.|
|Noah bought Steve a $5 gift card to Starbucks.|
"Don't tell my Dad I was here," he told the barista waiting on him.
|Every year Steve takes the kids shopping for me, I usually get a new pair of p.j's and slippers. |
This year Natalie picked out my slippers
|Noah selected chihauhua sleep pants for me.|
After we opened presents, we headed to my parent's house for brunch, a gift
exchange and our annual game of BINGO.
Mom tried to get Noah and Natalie to try her
"surprise rolls"...inside a meatball and cheese stick.
|The gang was a little smaller this year. My sister and her family remained in CO. to|
celebrate with her in-laws.
|Ready, Set, Rip!|
|Jack squealed with delight.|
|A jewelry box for the girl who likes sparkly things.|
|Natalie bought Gma "something shiny" for her to hang in her garden.|
|Noah was a bit shy when he presented Gma with his gift of coffee flavorings.|
|"What are you going to get Gpa for Christmas?" I asked.|
"A piece of steak...cause Gpa is a food person," explained Natalie.
Ultimately she changed her mind and opted for a travel coffee mug instead.
|Every year Steve and I try to out do ourselves for my brother's 12/29 birthday. One year we gave him a |
White Castles-smelling candle, another year a Redneck wine glass. This time we found a place that sells
bacon in a can called "Tactical Bacon"
|In preparation for BINGO, we decided we needed some snacks. |
Mom whipped up a batch of spicy Velveeta cheese dip.
"Should I add a little wing sauce? asked Gma.
"Gma, wing sauce is like duct tape, it fixes everything," assured Ethan.
|Our lovely Vanna/Gma shows off the BINGO prize loot.|
|This year my brother dug up items from his garage for prizes -- like this|
ceramic piece he made in high school.
|Natalie and Jack get their game on.|
|"Jack! You got BINGO! What do you say?!" we asked.|
"Thank you" he answered quietly.
|We didn't see him again after his win.|
|Perfect for family movie night!|
|Alicia doing a happy dance to the prize table.|
|Natalie doing her happy dance with Gma.|
|"Yes!" Ethan knew exactly what he wanted.|
|Mr. Moose Candy Dispenser - "A flick of the tail brings a treat"|
|Brian rides the pony to the winner's circle|
|Alicia and Ella show off their prizes|
|Nice grill, Nat|
|My Christmas tree is now complete...with Snooki and DJ Pauly D ornaments.|
|Noah shows off his moves before collecting his prize.|
|"I'm done playing now," he said.|
|Gpa shows off his loot -- a bubble gun and a reindeer candy dispenser.|
|Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!|