Saturday, December 27, 2008

Christmas Eve 2008

Our Christmas festivities began Christmas Eve at our church for our Christmas eve service. It is always a beautiful and touching service as we get out minds set on the reason for Christmas-- Jesus!

On Christmas Eve we bring all the kids into the service to experience the music etc. The kids-- especially the little ones- impressed us with their behavior. Luckily my mom was able to entertain them for most of the service.

After the service we always go back to my parents house for our traditional soup dinner and presents. I made Corn Chowder and my brother made Split Pea with real ham hocks-- way too yummy!! We serve the soup in bread bowls and we have a great salad as well. The little girls had such a good time playing. I feel so blessed that my nieces and Mia play so well together. They are such good friends!!!

Mia playing with her baby doll by the tree. She was just having a ball and this was a day without a nap- she did awesome!!!

Grandpa Hammer and Suzie (the dog), Dad wiith Mia and Savannah, The girls in the music room playing the piano, Cass - Sarah (the olympic racer) and me, and grandma.

Owen playing the piano, the girls playing on the stairs. Grandpa was given a stick thing for picking things up. He loved it and was grabbing grandma and all the kids. There is one picture of him grabbing Mia-- she was a bit confused but it was cute!!

Grandpa and Grandma bought all the great grandchildren roller blades for Christmas. They loved them so much and immediately went outside and played on their blades for a while.

The had a blast skating around my parents street! It was a lot of fun!

More random pictures. Brad, Cass and I taking a self picture-- don't we look adorable!! Pictures of the girls in their new nightgowns and robes. The boys showing their new knives.

Mia playing with her doll.

Beautiful Haleyanna!!
We really had a wonderful Christmas Eve!! There were so many pictures that I had to do collages. I also have a ton of pictures from Christmas day so I will probably do collages as well. I will get those posted tomorrow or the next day. Sorry to not get everything posted right now but I cant believe that after the holiday we are still crazy busy. I have so much to get done so I am off to actually be productive. I pray you all had a wonderful Christmas!!


  1. LOVE all the pictures..
    they are sooooo cute..
    The kids look like they had sooo much fun..
    Thanks for the update..
    I should be doing things also..but so far I have got nothing done ~ as in cleaning,painting , etc.. well I guess I have a few more days off.. go back to work on the 6th..
    Hugs girly..
    Have a Happy New Year..

  2. I love Mia's hair, it is a cute cut on her. She is simply adorable.


  3. Great Christmas pictures!!! I'm just impressed you've already gotten them all up!!! I took over 200 pictures and I just can't decide which ones to post!! :) (thanks to the old Nikon it's hard to turn away taking pix!) Anyway....I LOVE all the ones with the family. Looks like so much fun! Hope you get a little rest during the break! We just did nothing today and it felt SO GOOD!!!! hope you get some down time!!! Gotta run!! Happy New Year!!!
    Love ya,

  4. Wow..loved all the photos. Mia
    looks so grown up in the photos!
    what a beautiful family you have!

    Happy New Year Again!!!

    Sindy & The Crew

  5. It looks like you had a fabulous Christmas Eve. Mia looks sooo adorable in her Christmas outfit!

  6. What a wonderful Christmas Eve......We are still going crazy too.....we have so much family in town, everyday there has been more festivities!! I am way behind!!

    Sarah wore the same dress as Mia for Christmas Eve....she looks adorable in it!!

    Can't wait to see your Christmas morning pics:)

    Happy Holidays!


  7. Looks like you had a wonderful time as did the kids. Don't you just love Christmas!! Happy New Year!!!

  8. Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas. Mia looks too cute in these pictures. I am soooo glad you guys will be able to come to Kailee's party! Yay! Can't wait to see you both. Happy New Year!

  9. I love all the Christmas pictures. It looks like you had such a fabulous time with your family. I love that your grand-parents got all the kids roller blades. It looks like they had so much fun playing with them.

    On another note, yes our house does have a lot of "craftsman" touches (like our front door, mantle, and moldings), but it is not a "true craftsman." The exterior really doesn't have any craftsman features except for the door. It is a stone exterior. That isn't craftsman is it?? Ha. Maybe it is. Thanks for all the kind words about the house and isn't nearly as big as yours, but I love it and I love decorating it. :) I just wish I had your backyard and pool....WOW it is amazing.

    I hope you and Kev and the kids have a GREAT New Year.


  10. How fun! Looks like you guys had a great Christmas eve. I love all of those pictures. That's so fun that you all went skating around your parents street. I love Mia's dress and the boys matching shirts. Great times! Happy New Year!

  11. What a wonderful fun time you all had!! Great photos!! Love Mia's little dress! Happy New Year!


  12. looks like you guys had a great Christmas with all of your family!

    Wishing you all a very Happy New Year too!