Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Christmas Day 2011

 As I mentioned in our last post, Ryan got very sick on the way home from the Christmas Eve party.  So our plans of church for a baby blessing, lunch at my cousin's home, and hosting dinner at our house for Chad's parents all had to be cancelled.  We stayed home and kept our germs to ourselves.  Of course Ryan felt fine most of the day.  But he threw up again all night long. 

Above is a pic of our kids waiting to come downstairs.  I know it isn't a great pic of Andrew, but catching Ryan with his arm around Molly on camera was too priceless not to share.  (It is a rare occurrence, unfortunately).

Andrew asked Santa for Lego Hogwarts Express...and Santa delivered.  He received a "new to him" bike from Mommy and Daddy as well as the Chronicles of Narnia and the Series of Unfortunate Events collections.  Ryan made him that cool treasure box.  And our friends the Reeders sent our family the Krispy Kreme calendar.

Ryan asked Santa for a Leapfrog Explorer and the Ninjago movie...and again Santa managed to get them for him.  We gave him a "new to him" bike and a couple of books he had asked for.  We also got him a Ninjago lego bike.  When he started to open it up he got very excited.  "It is just what I always wanted," he said as he saw the logo.  But when he opened it all the way, his face fell.  "Well. actually I really wanted to jet.  Not the bike."   When he put it together, he was thrilled to have it.  But the initial reaction was not happy.  Andrew gave Ryan the book he is reading above.  Andrew made a recording of himself reading it aloud.  Ryan loved it!

Molly asked Santa for a Belle dress and a princess baby doll.  We gave her a scooter (she calls it a cooter).  She also received a large box of dress up clothes from us and spent the entire day trying on each of the costumes and accessories.  Ryan spent hours decorating the jewelry box she is holding and she loved it.  Andrew recorded a book for her as well.  Camille the Cupcake Fairy is her new favorite bedtime story. 

The children were so affectionate towards each other all morning.  I loved the hugs they gave each other when they opened presents from each of their siblings.  Together they received some family gifts, including magnatiles, legos, and games.   As you can see, Molly decided the Legos were all hers!

We missed seeing everyone, but we still had a nice Christmas. 

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Christmas Eve

We started the evening at Nana and Papa's new home with a yummy dinner, but I forgot to take pics of that. 

Then Nana read us the book, The Littlest Angel.  This has been our tradition for as long as I can remember.  It is her favorite Christmas story (and mine). Ryan loved it, too and kept interrupting to ask questions throughout the entire story. 

After our story, we got our costumes on for our traditional re-enactment of the Nativity story from Luke.  It is always pretty silly and this year was no different.  However, we had no tears this year!  Molly happily put on the sheep costume this year.

Ryan wanted to be a Wiseman.  He was excited to carry the gold.

Andrew has told us he wanted to be Joseph, ever since last Christmas. Emily was Mary, and our stick pony was the donkey that Mary rode to Bethlehem.

Nana was the Star of Bethlehem. 

Rachel was the angel.

Papa was King Herod and Caesar.  He was also our narrator. (Yes, that is a Pretty Princess crown).

Chad was a shepherd.

Things went pretty normal at first. But then...

...the sheep decided she needed to ride the "donkey."

Baby Jesus started out as a baby doll.

But then was replaced by...

Lizzie, the dog.

Then the sheep got tired of donkey riding and decided that she needed to take a nap in the angel's lap (while the angel was trying to say her one and only line, I might add).

 It would not be a Krueger Christmas pageant if things were normal.  :)

After the pageant, we opened presents from each other.

We packed up our wonderful gifts and headed home.  Poor Ryan got very sick in the car on the 25 minute drive.  He had to take a shower as soon as we got home.  Then we were able to put food for the reindeer on the lawn and cookies and milk out for Santa.