Please...join me as I relive the tale of Marr Christmas 2012.
'Twas the night before Christmas... Or a few nights before anyhow, when Henry and Wyatt got to open their first gift of the season. It was from my parents and marked with "Open BEFORE Christmas!" The boys had no qualms with that whatsoever, however, there were some hurt feelings (aka whining) the next evening when there weren't more presents to open. Mwahahaha!
Anyways, my parents did one of those record-a-books so the boys could hear Grandma and Grandpa Johnson read to them. Pretty cool, especially since we don't get to see them often at all! Here's a glimpse of their first viewing:
Then all of a sudden, it was Christmas morning! I got up a little early to put breakfast in the oven and get ready a bit before the boys woke up around 7, like normal. 7:00 rolls around...still sleeping...7:15...are you kidding me? So we woke them up. Come on now! It's Christmas! Wake up!
Speaking of waking up on Christmas, did you know that my parents would wake us up at 5:00 AM? I am not kidding. Year after year of Grumpy One and Grumpy Two (that's me and my brother) and they still thought it was a good idea to do this. It was one of the few times that my brother and I were on the same team. Team Our Parents Have Problems. Love you guys! To make matters even more awesome (not!), our baby sister was born when I was 16 (the pinnacle of my grumpiness) and from day one she was the epitome of Christmas joy at the 5 AM wake up call. WHATEVER, JACI!
Did I also mention that one year, after I was married, we were with my family on Christmas and my adorable little sister was yammering on a mile a minute about how she had SO many more presents than everyone else (at 5 AM, may I remind you), while the rest of us sat and rolled our eyes at the ridiculousness of this preposterous 7 year old...and then my parents' ginormous tree fell on top of her? HAHAHA! My brother caught it before it crushed her, and I kinda got in trouble for laughing so hard even though I was a grown adult, but it was still awesome.
And yes, I really, truly love my little sister. But she's still ridiculous! And if you say it runs in the family, I will throw a tree on you!
Whoa. Major tangent there. Moving on!
And now we bring you the latest episode of Awkward Brother Photos:
I thought Henry did a great job being cute, but Wyatt could not take his eyes off the Ghost of Christmas future! Yeesh! Though...I wonder...
Here's the party animals of the group, ready to begin:
We started by reading from Luke 2 which Henry listened so intently to. He had heard the Christmas story so much in Sunday School and Awana and us talking about it that month that he was very interested to hear it from Daddy's Bible. In typical Wyatt fashion, our littlest goober cozied up to listen to a good book. Little did he know it was THE Good Book. I know. Wow, Steph.
It may seem like it's just a tradition, but I love bringing the focus first and foremost to Jesus. That even though the excitement over presents and toys and decorations and lights is okay, we are celebrating the birth of our KING. When our children come to that understanding, it is so special. Christmas with Henry this year was just simply awesome.
I feel like it's kind of difficult to segue from that to this. So...PEANUT BUTTER! Now your mind's all muddled.
This is Wyatt opening a gift that Henry picked out for him. It's really something else to see your children grow in so many different ways, including the desire to please those you love. Henry was so excited for Wyatt to open it because he knows how much Wyatt loves playing with cars. Cute.
Oh, my first babe. Such a ham. So excited. The best part is, he was just as excited to see what other people received as he was for himself. He was constantly reminding people, "It's your turn! See what you got!" Also cute.
This next picture is great, because it is pretty much what it looks like whenever Grandma Marr is here. Wyatt knows she will happily cuddle up and read, read, read. If you read my previous post, you would understand the magnitude of this gift. Luckily for both of them, he got a couple new books, so she got to read them over and over and over...
That is where our Christmas pictures end. We were enjoying the day so much that we forgot to pick the camera back up! And what a day. So fun, so full, so family. <--does that belong in a sermon, or what?
I even made a Christmas ham! I don't know about you, but that makes me feel like a graduate of Christmas School.
You might think this overlong post should end now.
But it does not!
Henry was super excited about New Years, so he decorated:
Love that boy.
Also, we are not ready to let go of Christmas just yet. This little one has sang this song at least 10 times a day, every day since Christmas:
...which is okay with me.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!