Saturday, December 27, 2008

Christmas '08

Christmas this year was wonderful, if a little hectic. Amidst all the family gatherings, our dryer broke down, which adds a new dimension to the holiday madness. But we got through it, our dryer's back, being put to good use as we speak. (A family of 6 minus the ability to do laundry is not a pretty thing.) A big thank-you to Dad who gave us the use of his truck to transport the dryer to and from the maintenance shop!

We especially enjoyed getting to see Chad's brother, Blake, and his family, Maren and Braden. The kids sure love him. They are really going to miss him. We're going to have to figure out a way to make sure we see each other more often.
Mira Catherine feels like such a big girl in comparison to her younger cousin. Here she is pushing him around in a toy stroller. They were both happy with the situation. Mira got to be boss, Braden enjoyed the ride.
This was an attempt at getting the kids on the Barnett side to sit still and smile for the camera with their Aunt Amber. This is as good as it gets.
Micah and Colin loving their cousin, Braden.
Ella and Mira 'helping' Braden discover his new Christmas toy. (Taking over the toy, more like.)
My cousin, Michaeline, is here visiting. We don't get the chance to see her often, so this has been a nice treat.
Here we are, Christmas morning. Now, the three older children had their designs as far as what they wanted Santa to bring. Above you'll notice Micah doing his karate pose. He requested from Santa a ninja costume. Now I have to go hide "The 3 Ninjas" movie or it's going to get mighty dangerous around here.
Alright, I know what you're thinking. No, I will never allow Mira to wear a dress like this to her prom. But, hey, when you're 2 and you love all things 'princess', who really cares as long as you can put the thing on? And this is nothing compared to the reveal she was giving us all afternoon in this getup. (I'm talking ULTRA looo-ooow neckline! It was hilarious. But she felt like a million bucks.)
A quick snapshot before they tear into the gifts.
We've got a nice little hill in our front yard all the neighbor kids like to use for sledding. Colin's been experimenting with snowboard-like moves. We'll have to get him out on some real slopes sometime...
Colin's most treasured gift from Santa was a guitar. I've seen Guitar Hero and think it's pretty awesome, but who wants a 7 year-old to be jammin' to a Black Sabbath song? Hmmm...So he is now the proud owner of the Fisher Price I Can Play Guitar. And he loves it.


Jennettehogan said...

Oh - It looks like you guys had a great Christmas! I love how your girls love to wear their dresses all the time!! They are so cute!
I just love Christmas morning with kids - It is so fun to watch them open their gifts and just get so excited about everything.

buildingburkmemories said...

well it looks like you had a very fun christmas and fun sledding, Jesse took the girls out sledding behind the four wheeler and they had a blast and logan just road with dad, so that was there sledding, but they had fun so that's all that counts, of course they came across a rock and popped the tube so we had to buy a new one, but they loved it.

Maren said...

We are so glad we got to spend Christmas with you guys. We love you tons and hope we can get together more often. Can't wait to see you guys again. We love you all.

Maren said...

So I assume you got your dryer back? I hope you asked for a discount for his slowness. The kids are so stinkin cute and I already miss them. We will definitely have to see eachother more often. Thanksgiving is already on our calendar.

Doug and Rachel said...

We're so glad you had a great Christmas! Love the pictures of everyone. Sledding looks fun; we're gonna have to head South to Austria if we want to sled around here, not enough snow and too many trees to run into on any decent hill. Love ya'll!