Sunday, December 25, 2016
When Hezekiah had seen them during the week he said they must be telescopes. :-)
We had so many presents under the tree this year. It helps that the children have a bit of pocket money that they enjoy using to buy things for each other. And then there were other gifts given to them too. I always try to keep the focus on Christ and not the presents - so it worked nicely that we had the presents today.
He has had a Ninja Turtle t-shirt for a long time and that has created a love for them, even though he has never watched them on tv at all. Ruth bought him the Nina Turtle movie (not cartoon) which he really likes and so he is one very happy little boy.
The Champion Centre was given a whole lot of wooden toys made and donated by "Santa's Workshop" and they gave us one for each of the children. Hezekiah was thrilled with his small chalk board (which he uses to especially practice writing his name). Rachel got a great Chinese checkers game.
They all opened their gifts from Nana at the same time. And they were all so excited about their new tops that they all put them on straight away. So a bonus children's photo for this month. :-) Thanks Nana. We are pleased they arrived in time.
Asher loves trying on all the shoes that are left on the deck. Brendon's boots were here today and so she gave them a try too. She did realise that they were just too long to do anything in though. Such a cutie.
Then we headed over to the karate sensei's home for a BBQ. Unfortunately we ended up being the only karate family who were able to make it. We had a great time though. I hadn't brought many toys with for Asher (as she hadn't used any last night at the BBQ). Thankfully there was a pack of cards that she could use and she had so much sorting them. She sorted them from the table to the chair at least 3 times.
This is a good time to post a picture of the card we made this year. We could have made so many more stars as we has so many more people we would have liked to give them to. We will have to make well over 200 next year.
We headed to a church closer to home for their service this morning. Friends had planned to come and pick up two of the kittens after their church service, so we made plans yesterday to just enjoy our picnic lunches together. Neither family had major lunch plans with being at church in the morning. Adding their 7 children to the mix we ended up with a dozen children here - so that was fun. They played some games inside and then a few of the boys headed outside. Hannah came in very stressed about how high they were in the one tree. She said "they are right at the top". I told her not to worry, they had a lot of climbing experience. So she went out again.
I'm so glad we made the last minute plans to enjoy the afternoon together. Hezekiah especially enjoyed having all the extra boys around to play with.