caution: picture overload ahead. feel free to skip this post...
Our Christmas celebrations have been going on all month, and continued last Sunday with a get together at my mom's house to welcome Amy back from Shanghai. Thursday morning we got up bright and early to head up to Montana. Lynlee and Ellie did beautifully in the car yesterday as we drove to Helena. I could not believe how much Lynlee slept! We woke her up, fed her, and got right in the car to go. She slept until Idaho Falls, when we stopped for food. We woke her up and then fed her again. She stayed awake during our meal, and then slept until we pulled in to Kyle's house. Very impressive! Ellie took a couple of naps in the car, and kept herself entertained by watching her Signing Time videos on the DVD player.
On Christmas Eve, Kyle and Jonette hosted a dinner for their friends/neighbors Brad & Trish, and the missionaries. After dinner, we started the nightly bath routine. When it was Lynlee's turn, Tammy, Kylene, Jonette and I gathered in Kiera's room to get her ready. Ky got Lynlee undressed and ready to go, and then Jonette realized that no one had started the water. So we all troop in to the bathroom while Jonette gets the water going. It takes a while to warm up, so we chatted with each other. All of a sudden, Lynlee starts peeing. Tammy is holding her and instinctively tries to put her over the tub. The problem is that Jonette is kneeling on the ground and leaning over the tub. So Tammy kind of carries Lynlee in an arc, and Lynlee sprays all over Kylene, Tammy, and Jonette. I put my hands under her bum and caught what I could. As we were all giggling hysterically, Lynlee started in for round 2. The good news is that she did not pee in the bath water...
We gathered by the Christmas tree and read the nativity story, using Shannon's puppets. It was really a sweet experience to "act out" the story of the Savior's birth, interspersed with Christmas carols. After doing our nativity, everyone got dressed up to go participate in a live nativity scene. Unfortunately (or fortunately, if you ask Tammy), they got there a little late, so they did not get to do it.
On Christmas morning, we all slept in a little and did not gather until 8 a.m. We had a leisurely time opening presents and snapping pictures.
Ellie had a great time taking the bows off of the packages and carrying things back and forth to her daddy.
But really my favorite present was an amazingly bright and shiny new camera (see my picture of the day). As soon as we finished opening presents, I immediately started the battery charging for my new toy, and reading the manual. As soon as the battery was charged, I started clicking away. The only problem with my beautiful new camera is that so many of the pictures have turned out, and it is hard to delete any!
this was Ellie's gift from Tayler
this photo was inspired by one of Becky Higgins' photo challenges