On Christmas Day in the Morning
I am trying to work on refining our new schedule this week, which seems to be leaving very little time for the computer. I would love to answer all the emails in my inbox, post about the school books we’ve been using this year, and answer a few other questions, but it might take a little while to get to it all. In the meantime, I do have a number of “drafts” that I may be able to find the time to complete and publish this week, starting with some pictures from Christmas morning!
As always, Hubby and I gave the children three gifts each, though in a couple cases two or three items were combined to make “one” gift. It was such a joy to see the children’s excitement as they took turns opening all of their presents.
~ Gifts for the Boys ~
(I purchased the Longboat on ebay, since it has been discontinued. Captain could hardly believe it!)
Sheriff Woody Doll
Buzz, Jessie, Rex and Sarge Beanies
~ Gifts for the Girls ~
Twinkle Toes’ Gifts:
Elizabeth Doll, Accessories and Riding Outfit
We had avoided the full size American Girl dolls for years, due to the expense, but when I saw that Elizabeth (the one TT’s had been wishing for, for a couple years) was being discontinued, we decided to get it for her this year. Twinkle Toes’ little mouth dropped open and she was speechless, until she finally scurried up to hug and thank her Dad & Mom! 🙂 We also ended up ordering Josefina for Chiquita, and I have never seen her SO excited, we literally had to calm her down. Needless to say, they love their new dolls!
Twinkle Toes mouth dropped open again at the sight of yet another American Girl box. These little boxes contained the “accessories” for each doll. 🙂
Josefina Doll, Accessories and Christmas Dress
It is so cute watching Rose play with her squirrel, she just loves him!
~ Gifts from Grandpa and Grandma ~
In addition to their new tote bags, the boys were in heaven with all their new books from Grandpa and Grandma, including Saint Dominic: Preacher of the Rosary and Founder of the Dominican Order
, Saint Isaac and the Indians
, Boy Heroes
, The Story of Rolf and the Viking Bow
, With Pipe, Paddle and Song: A Story of the French-Canadian Voyageurs
, Herodotus and the Road to History
, Saint Francis Solano
, and Downright Dencey
~ Gifts from Godparents ~
Treats from Snuggles Godparents in Hawaii!
Twinkle Toes’ took this picture of her new Holy Card Collection with a Frame for rotating the Cards, and her beautiful Marian stamp from her Godparents!
Captain’s Godfather (aka: Uncle Father) sent such thoughtful gifts for everyone. It was so cute when Rose opened up a St. Benedict medal he sent her and then proceeded to slip it down her Daddy’s shirt, knowing that is where medals belong!
Between being able to attend Mass twice (at the Vigil and then again at Midnight), coming home to a clean kitchen, stockings filled and all the gifts under the tree (thank you
Mary St. Nicholas!), a lovely morning at home, and spending time with my family, we had such a wonderful Christmas!! I hope you all had a Holy, Joyfilled and Blessed Christmas as well.
Prayer of Mothers
Father in heaven, grant me the grace to appreciate the dignity which you have conferred on me. Let me realize that not even the Angels have been blessed with such a privilege—to share in your creative miracle and bring new Saints to heaven. Make me a good mother to all my children after the example of Mary, the Mother of your Son. Through the intercession of Jesus and Mary I ask your continued blessings on my family. Let us all be dedicated to your service on earth and attain the eternal happiness of your kingdom in heaven. Amen.