Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Our First “Single-Family” Christmas!

This year for Christmas, due to my ever increasing belly and a lack of funds, we decided to do Christmas in Chicago by ourselves instead of making the trek west to spend time in Utah. It was a hard decision to make, but I really think we did a great job of making the best of the situation and starting traditions of our very own, beginning with being able to decorate our house for the holidays!

On Christmas Eve morning, we all got up early and bundled up as warm as we could so we could take a hike to Waterfall Glen! It had been rain-snowing the night before and we had a solid sheet of ice coating our whole car when we got outside! After we chipped our way into the car, we drove to Waterfall Glen and enjoyed a nice peaceful walk to the falls where Kevin took pictures and Brooklyn tried to figure out how to walk in her big winter boots!

After we got home and showered, Brooklyn and I decorated the front door together while Kevin was baking cookies for Santa Clause!


When we were done decorating, Brooklyn and I went to the kitchen and started making Christmas Eve Dinner! She had so much fun helping me measure things and especially liked that she got to be in her own child-sized apron!


The dinner turned out way better than I thought it would! We made caramelized apple pork chops and baked potatoes. Kevin even got us some sparkling grape juice! (Brooklyn was not a fan of the juice though because she thought the carbonation was too “hot”!)


After dinner we watched “Joy to the World” and Kevin explained the nativity story to Brooklyn. Then he read her “Twas the Night Before Christmas” and we set some cookies and our stockings out for Santa. It was pretty funny. Brooklyn dropped the cookies about 8 times before we reached the table even though she was trying her hardest to be careful. Then when she realized her stocking was empty she decided to fill it with Santa’s cookies! She might not get the concept yet, but I think it will sink in by next year. :)


Even though Brooklyn crawled into bed with us at 4am Christmas morning, it was still a very fun day! We started by opening our stockings. Brooklyn got some Lip Smackers and Pez in her stocking that she couldn’t be separated from for the rest of the day! After stockings we ate sticky buns and then came back to the living room to begin gift opening!


We got so many fun things from our family in Utah which was a huge surprise since we didn’t expect to get anything out here in the boonies! We loved everything and just want to send out a great big huge THANK YOU to all of you for thinking about us!

We did the 3 Wise Men Christmas for each other which involved getting 3 gifts for each person. A GOLD gift: gift of wonder, a FRANKINCENSE gift: gift of thoughtfulness, and a MYRRH gift: gift of necessity! For Kevin’s gift of thoughtfulness I turned our blog into a published book. He loved it and I was glad cause it took a lot of time! :)


My gift of necessity was a Nintendo Wii!!!! After all, what more could I need in life other than a Wii? It’s been put to good use since its arrival and even Brooklyn gets to take a turn when mommy and daddy are watching.


Brooklyn’s gift of wonder was a new Lego table complete with Lego's. She’s really good at building things and has played with it every day since she got it!


After we cleaned up our mess, Kevin went for a nice run in the snow while I made creamed eggs on toast for breakfast and Brooklyn played with her new toys. Then we enjoyed breakfast together and busted out the Wii!


Kevin took some embarrassing pictures of me on the Wii but since I’m putting up this post, I have the right to edit! So instead, you get to see a cute picture of Brooklyn getting Wii lessons from her daddy!


After we had sufficient time to play with our new things, we all got out of our pajamas and drove over to the Cotton’s house (our friends from our ward) to have a fabulous steak Christmas Dinner! It was so much fun to spend time with them and they spoiled us rotten. We all received fun gifts and great food, but I think the winner was the princess crown and earrings they got for Brooklyn. She wore them the whole night and kept telling me she was a pretty princess. So cute!


After we got home from the Cotton’s,we spent some time vegging and then tucked ourselves into bed to prepare for another week of fun and relaxation! Merry Christmas everyone! Hope you all had as much fun as we did!


Rachel Uda Murdock said...

You're such a beautiful pregnant mama! And Brooklyn takes after you...except she's not pregnant, just beautiful :)

Natalie said...

Yay for the Wii! Another reason for us to come visit. (Besides your awesomeness, that is.) :)

Beccarigg said...

Holy power tools batman!! Is that a table saw? NICE!!! And I never thought of a Wii as a necessity but now that you mention it you know, I think you're right! I'll tell Taber we NEED one asap! : )

You guys do such a great job of making the holidays special even if it's just the 3 of you. I love all your little traditions, especially decorating the door! That is precious! I also love that you don't let cold weather stop you from getting out of the house. You guys really know how to bloom where you're planted! Love you tons and glad you had such a special Christmas.

Jennie said...

Man you guys looked like you had some good times :) I envy Brooklyn that lego table- I love legos! And Naomi you are the best do it yourself decorator I know. Next year you're coming to my house and decorating it for Christmas :) Love you guys!!

just nikki said...

Carbonation IS hot. I don't blame Brooklyn for thinking it was a bit intense.

I can't believe Kevin went running on Christmas Day in the snow. Miserable.

Ioane said...

What a great post. I am glad you got to make so many memories this Christmas. I just hope next time (in two years) we might be able to see you guys. Everyones families are getting so big now. I guess I will just have to count on summer vacays. The Wii rocks and looks like Kevin made out with some pretty cool tools as well. I'm glad you guys had such a great Christmas. Love ya