Thursday, December 27, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, everybody!  We had a great time celebrating Christmas together this year.  We decided to stay home and wake up in our own home on Christmas morning for the first time ever in our married life, and it was a lovely morning!  Leading up to Christmas we made a family of gingerbread people, went sledding with Grandpa Walton, mailed packages, did a little last-minute shopping, and then finally it was Christmas Eve!

We let the kids open their Christmas jammies, got them all dressed, read the Christmas story in Luke and let the kids act it out with pieces from our nativity set, left out some cookies and milk for Santa and then tucked everybody in, after laying out the Christmas morning ground rules.  The kids were excited, especially Ryan.  Calvin and Sophie went right to sleep, but Ryan tossed and turned for a good long while before he actually fell asleep.  Michael and I got to bed around 11, so not too bad, but then Sophie woke up around 2 with a tummy ache.  She just wiggled uncomfortably and moaned and was pretty sad.  I think we let her eat too much junk on Christmas Eve...but finally she fell asleep again for good around 5.  So when Calvin and Ryan bounded in at 6 asking if it was time to open presents, Michael and I were pretty tired still!  We had told them we could go into the living room after 6:30, so we snuck in a little more sleep while they played in their room.

Despite her lack of sleep, Sophie woke up happy, and at 6:30 we all marched into the living room to see if Santa had come.  The kids were very excited about their stockings and their one Santa toy.  Sophie got a doctor kit, Calvin got a land and water r/c car, and Ryan got a Blutrack race car track that went all the way down the stairs and did a couple of loops.  It's one you can reconfigure any way you want.  He saw it and yelled out, "YES!!!!! I GOT EXACTLY WHAT I WANTED!!!!!" After they looked at those toys and their stocking goodies, we opened the other presents under the tree, taking turns youngest to oldest and then let the kids play with everything while Michael and I made pancakes and eggs for breakfast.  Can't go wrong with pancakes, whipped cream and strawberries!  It was a great morning, and we had a lot of fun playing with the kids.

Michael snuggled Sophie into submission and they took a nap while I made a Christmas bread wreath and frosted a cake and then we had a quick lunch and headed down to Eagan to visit with Ken, Kelly, their kids and Grandma and Grandpa Walton!  It was a lovely Christmas day, and we let the kids play and run amok.  Ryan and Luke spent most of the afternoon sledding in the backyard, and they all had such a nice time!  And we had fun getting dinner ready and talking and listening to favorite Christmas songs.  We missed having Danica and Zack with us, though.  Maybe next Christmas!

On Christmas night we headed back home and tucked the kids into bed at a decent hour.  They all fell asleep within seconds, they were so exhausted!  It was a great Christmas.  We had such a nice time with family and reflecting on the birth of our Savior.  Merry Christmas!

The kids all dolled up in their Christmas duds for church on Sunday:

Ryan frosting some gingerbread men:

Sophie trying not to freak out while frosting gingerbread men:

Our family as gingerbread people:

Sophie and Grandpa sledding:

Michael and Calvin getting ready to go down:

Grandpa and Sophie doing a high 5 after a successful run:

Ryan coming up the hill for the millionth time:

The little munchkins in their matching Christmas jammies:

Checking out the living room on Christmas morning:

Emptying out their stockings:

Michael and Sophie taking a Christmas snooze:

Ryan and Sophie trying their hand at the snare drum on the 26th:

Love this one.  Sophie is a very serious drummer:

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Michael's Got a Brand New Bag

Caroline gave me an early Christmas present!

I got a new laptop recently and needed a case for it. Caroline made me a really nice one out of my dad's old Army duffel bag.

It started out something like this:
Then like this:

And turned into this:

I wanted a top loading case so the case can stay in my backpack, and I'll just slide the laptop in and out of the top.

She used foam padding and some fuzzy but strong material for the inside. The handle stayed in its original position, but the eyelet and latch got cut and moved so they could close the flap.

 On the back side of the case is a pocket that will fit the charger, or a notebook or whatever. If you look closely under the handle you can see it still says "MOORE" from when my dad used it.


The material is thick canvas, and that with the foam and inside liner was nearly too thick for her sewing machine. She had to manually turn the wheel on the machine sometimes to give it a little encouragement. She worked hard on this thing and it turned out just how I wanted it!

This is definitely my best Christmas present this year!