Our friends from Ohio wanted to send us a few things for Christmas. I gave a few suggestions (always too many, Iâ€™m afraid) and about a month later we received our Christmas not from the North Pole, but from Ohio. Add a little effort, cheer, hope, joy and itâ€™s been just about the best Christmas yet, but I say that every year. The boxes were full of things that we could give to others or useful for celebrating as a family. For example, hot chocolate mix and Christmas cards for our teachers, baking supplies, cookie and muffin mixes, candles, games, paper plates with Christmas-y theme, Christmas movie, little toys, books, puzzles, a scrapbook from our friends, Christmas pjs for the kids, and more. So practical!! So fun! We enjoy using holidays to make new traditions. Blending our lives and our familiesâ€™ history, we come up with something that is unique to us.
To brag on the hubby, he did most of the cookie baking this year. Itâ€™s pretty easy when all you have to add is eggs and milk.
Christmas Eve evening as a family we finished up our jesse tree promises. Then the kids got to open stockings; i.e., a pair of Kevinâ€™s old socks. I think if theyâ€™d only gotten those things as presents theyâ€™d been happy. The pjs were a big hit and Malia has wanted to wear her â€œwistmas pjsâ€ every night since!
Christmas morning another family whose daughter also goes to Kaiâ€™s preschool came to eat brunch; Iâ€™m really liking this brunch on Christmas morning thing. Unfortunately, I donâ€™t have any pics. Sorry, Matt and Heather. Just believe us that it was fun!
The 26th was our party. We made a big meal for our closest Chinese friends. When I think of what a Christmas party should be this was just about it! Lots of food , fun, a nasty game of Settlers, cards, and everyone leaving early enough to put the kids to bed. Haha!
Here are some of the pics of the party we posted on Facebook.
In other Bucher news:
Kian turned 8 months 3 weeks ago. Heâ€™s crawling, teething (working on #s 2 & 3), and still a very happy baby. He eats anything from the baby food grinder. Little pieces of bread, cereal, fruit, anything and is drinking well from a sippy cup (with a little bit of help).
Now we’re waiting to bring in the New Year! Probably do it in our sleep. Yup, we’re that old!
Blessings and love in 2010!