All the ladies and gents together for the first time at Christmas in a LOOONG time. We seem to be adding more gents than ladies to the mix. Hmmmmm
On Christmas Eve after making gingerbread we headed to church (where Ty held his first candle and Marc completely tuned out anything going on in the service while making sure Ty didn't light anyone's hair on fire) and then went caroling. Unfortunately our caroling was cut short this year by a badly timed visit to a nursing home and a grinchy security guard but we did manage to get to one place. Afterwards we put the kiddies to bed and started the Greidanus' gift and poem exchange.
Bette reading her poem to me.
The next morning, Ty came downstairs and found out that Santa had come and had listened to his request for a truck he could ride on.
Santa also apparently forgot a box of Zeke's cheerios under the tree. Silly Santa!
Later that day we headed to my mom's for a celebration with my side of the family. Ty also wore his pajamas all day except for a brief stint at dinner. His pajama pants also make a reappearance after dinner with his plaid shirt. (See family picture in front of the tree below.) With a Christmas dinner of m and m's and mashed potatoes ones pants get quite tight. ;)
Zekey with his signature look. He looks so old here in his cute new outfit from Grandma.
Look, he really can smile!!
Maria trying to make Zeke smile.
We spent the rest of the week enjoying time with family.
Tickling cousins with Ty's new tickle mitts from Auntie Julie and Uncle Lowell.
Decorating cookies with Auntie Shareen
Marc and I also got out cross country skiing one afternoon on Henderson Lake. We made our way around the lake on the ice and then Marc wanted to head across the lake one more time. I suggested heading to the large bump I saw about halfway across. We were almost to the bump when it got up and ran away - a coyote!!