Monday, December 13, 2010

Making Memories

I am finding it difficult to comprehend that this time last year we were celebrating Christmas for the first time as a family of 7. I am not exaggerating when I say it feels like Jonathan has always been a part of our family.
Last year we kept everything low key as we were adjusting.

This year we are going all out!

We began our festivities at Thanksgiving in New York when we celebrated Christmas with Nana and Uncle Dave and Aunt Tita. We haven't stopped yet.

We began the month of December by going to our favorite Living Nativity in Mount Laurel, NJ. This is by far the best Nativity I have ever seen. Unfortunately, I did not take any pictures because it is all outside and dark.

We kept the festivities going by making a Gingerbread House with Aunt Peggy.

I love the detail of a bike against the back wall designed by Tyler

We also helped her put together some special trains.

She even had a special train set just for our more active boys.

Our next stop was the North Pole. Pop-pop and Mom-mom treated our gang along with Aunt Suzy, Uncle John and Andrew to a ride on the Polar Express. It was a great time as everyone (minus Pop-pop and Uncle John) wore their PJ's and listened to the Polar Express story as we sipped hot cocoa and cookies. The train ride was almost 2 hours!

Even Emma is getting into the Christmas spirit with her reindeer ears!
We still have many more fun activities planned! It is easy in of our business to lose track of the reason we celebrate Christmas, but it is our prayer that the birth of Jesus will remain central in all we do during this month.

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