Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!!!!

We had an extensive talk with the kids last night about what time it was Ok for them to get up on Christmas morning. We didn't want what happened last year repeating itself. Last year the kids woke up at 1:30 to see what Santa had brought them. Dave and I held them off, in our room, until 3:00. Then we finally gave in and told them to go and look at their gifts, because we figured the sooner they see what they got, the sooner we could go back to bed. Well, this year we told the kids that they were not allowed to come upstairs until 5:00. I am so proud of them because they listened. At 5:00, on the dot, they were waking us up to see what Santa had brought to them.
Mckell and Hunter reading the note Santa left for them.

Lexi was so funny. She was so excited that she got a Belle and Beast Barbie doll that she didn't even realize that Santa had left her a bunch of other things too. It wasn't until after all the presents under the tree were unwrapped, that she noticed she had several other things too. She was soooo excited!

I didn't get any pictures of Hunter opening any of his presents because he had them all opened before I knew what he was doing.
Mckell making cupcakes in her new easy bake oven.Grandma and Grandpa Ropelato came to our house about 7:30 in the morning to bring their gifts. The kids loved seeing what they brought and showing them what Santa had given to us.

Mckell with her new American girl doll. Thanks Grandma and Grandpa. It's just what she wanted.
After Grandma and Grandpa left, the kids decided to make little forts out of all the Christmas boxes we had.
The kids kept insisting that they were planning on sleeping in their forts tonight. I don't think the forts are going to last that long :)
We shortly headed to church, then to Grandma and Grandpa Wangsgards for a Christmas lunch/gift exchange.

Lexi loved playing on Grandma's new rocking horse.
Overall we had a very good Christmas. Dave was sick pretty much the whole holiday weekend, but was feeling a bit better this afternoon so he could join us for Christmas lunch. We were glad he felt better, finally!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

~Wangsgard Christmas Party~

We got together with my dad's side of the family last night for our last Christmas party of the year.

Hunter LOVES football :)
Mckell and Paisley. The kids have LOVED having their cousin Paisley in town :) They maul her everytime they see her :)

Merry Christmas!!!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Mckell's First Grade Christmas Art

Mckell's cute teacher is constantly taking pictures of the class and putting them in a smilebox video. Here are some of the art projects Mckell has done this holiday season.
Mckell as the Elf on the Shelf.

~Ropelato Christmas Party~

For the Ropelato extended Chirstmas party this year, we went on a hay ride. It was a lot of fun. We went over a river, through the woods, and saw several elk. Our driver even fed them hay, so they came really close to our wagons. It was neat. Mckell loved singing Christmas Carols, with her cousins, as we rode along. Hunter's favorite part was when the horses ran, and pulled us really fast. Although that was not my favorite part, lol. I was on a tiny corner of hay at the back, and everytime we went fast or went over a bump I practically fell off the wagon. Hahaha. Dave had to hold onto me to keep me on. We ended our hayride with hot chocolate. It was a lot of fun!

After the hay ride, we had a delicious lasagna dinner made by Great Grandpa Ropelato. The kids then put on the nativity play. They loved having a stage to do it on this year :)
Hunter was Joseph, and Mckell and Lexi were angels.

After the play we had a special visit from Santa. He brought everyone a new pair of socks.
Mckell modeling her new Christmas socks.