We had a wonderful Christmas. We were all soooo SPOILED and not just with material things, but we were surrounded by so many people that mean the world to us. We have so many reasons to count our blessings. I mark this as my very favorite Christmas ever, yes even better than when I got the Kid Sister I had begged for when I was little.
The morning of Christmas Eve I took the kids to see Santa. We found him down by Deseret Book and he was giving out awesome prizes. The kids were both a little hesitant to sit on his lap, but after they saw they got a toy, they were good to go. Chestyn was really tired and laid his head right down on Santa's shoulder and made himself comfortable. (These are from my phone, so not so great).
Then we headed over to Chantry's dad for our fun Brindley Christmas party. It is on Christmas Eve every year and we have such a great time. I left my camera at home and since Chantry's dad lives out in the middle of no where, I never went home to get it....so this is the only picture I got ALL day and it is of everyone playing bingo.
We did have such a wonderful time though. We played some Minute To Win It games and bingo. One tradition that the Brindley family does every year is help families in need. Well this year, we just did not have any families to help. I am sure there were plenty out there that could have used it, but between us procrastinating and other things, we didn't have a family this year. We did do something though to show the kids to care for others and to give to others on Christmas Eve. It was a very neat experience and may just be a new tradition. We took baskets of goodies to the people at the care center. When we walked in, we found a nurse and asked who we could give the baskets to. She said she hated to pick, as there were several that hadn't had any visitors and do not ever have any visitors. To me that was sooooo sad. How can people just put someone they love in a home and not ever go see them, let alone for Christmas. We took the baskets around to a few people and sang them some Christmas songs. The first lady we sang to cried and you could tell it just meant so much to her. It was a very neat experience and next year we are hoping to make SEVERAL plates of goodies to take to them.
We all went back to grandpa's house and waited for Santa to come. I really will have to get the pics from Santa. Chestyn screamed his head off this time and Channer was really shy.
Then, we opened presents!! We ALL were so spoiled. My mother-in-law got all of the girls a REALLY nice purse. She put them all in bags and had us draw numbers and open them that way and then we could take the person before us etc. It was so fun and all the purses were so cute, but I definitely think we all ended up with th purse that fits us the best. She also gave us a cow again this year. Best present ever!! AND she spoiled my boys with Cars Cuddlies, pjs, playdough, and board games. PLUS an awesome 72-hour kit that she put together.
My father-in-law spoiled us as well. He got me my Kindle (Chantry paid for part and he paid for part). Chantry got all kinds of stuff that he picked out (camping chair, bullets, shirts, knife), and he got both the boys awesome toys!!
I love the way the Brindley family does their gift exchange. We all draw names, adults and kids together. It was fun picking out and getting gifts for the people we had.
We had a wonderful party indeed and it was time to go home, go to sleep, and wait for Santa to come.
I always buy the boys Christmas PJs and a new Christmas book. We opened those and sent the kids to bed. Channer slept in our bed so that we could surprise him in his room in the morning.
Santa came!!!! He spoiled the boys. (Note to Santa: Next year just put Channer and Chestyn's name on everything so that they do not fight. All I have heard this week is "that was mine" or from the mouth of Chestyn a very mean "MINE." Thanks Santa)
As I said, Channer slept in our room. He woke up several times in the night asking if Santa came and of course Chantry and I got NO sleep with him in the middle of us. Well I think I was just a little excited because I was WIDE awake at about 4:30 and could not go back to sleep. Finally a little after 6:00 Chantry woke up and said should we wake the boys up. Of course I was sooooo ready. All it took was one little whisper in Channer's ear saying Santa came and he was wide awake. Chestyn is always sooo happy when he wakes up, so it was easy to get him out of bed too.
Santa brought Channer a big Buzz Lightyear, some board games, some books, sheets, and blankets, Tag Reader books, and a stocking FULL of stuff. He brought Chestyn a hippo counting game, a Sit & Spin, sheets, blankets, bath toys, books, and a stocking FULL of stuff.
Then we told the boys to go see their Christmas present from mom and dad in Channer's room. They LOVED it. They were both so excited for bunkbeds it was crazy. I had debated on doing them for Christmas since it is something we would just have to buy anyway, but glad we did. Channer was sooo excited.
Note: The day before Chantry took the boys to the DI so that I could wrap presents and Channer saw a bunkbed and told Chantry that he has always wanted one of those and that he would sleep on the top and Chestyn could sleep on the bottom. So, after that, we knew he would be excited.
Grandma and Grandpa always make their rounds on Christmas morning to see what everyone got, so the boys just played while we waited for them.
and Chantry and I opened our presents from each other. We usually do not do much for each other for Christmas, but this year we were both spoiled. He got me of course part of my Kindle, a massage certificate (my favorite), some clothes, a new pillow, a Christmas bear that he gets me every year, an electric griddle, some necklace sets from the boys, and a stocking full of stuff. I gave him a bug shield for his truck, a Tassimo (its a coffee, cappaccino, hot chocolate maker), a Shop Vac, CD's, and a stocking full of stuff.
Like I said, we were VERY spoiled this year and I honestly found myself crying a few times throughout the weekend just thinking about how truly blessed we are. I love my little family more than the world and they made this Christmas such a special one.
Christmas day we went back over to Grandpa's house and had breakfast and just played all day. Chantry went shooting with the guys while us girls stayed back and played games with the kids. It was a wonderful day and went by so fast!
Sunday, I was up first thing putting away decorations. I love love love Christmas, but after its over I cannot wait to clean up. The boys had fun playing in totes and watching Toy Story.2010 has been good to us and I can only hope for the same in 2011.
Chantry and I both started new jobs this year, both for a wonderful change. I started with Advanced Transcription February and LOVE it. It is crazy to think I have been a transcriptionist for 3 years now and I love it!! Chantry started with Con-Way Freight in October and is loving it too. It was a change from Yellow at first, but now is liking a lot of the changes.
Channer has started school and learned so many new things. He never fails to amaze me! Chestyn has learned to walk, talk, and tries do anything his brother does. It is crazy to me to think back to last year and think that Ches couldn't walk. They grow so FAST!! I love my life...how could I not...when I have this: