Monday, January 5, 2009

Well, and Merry Christmas to you too!! Part I

Christmas Eve

{everyone gathered around the table to decorate some homemade gingerbread cookies. ok, so not "homemade" but still so awesome! great job, Neil!}

{Paige, the gingerbread men she plans to decorate and the signature "Paige pose"}

{workin' hard or hardly workin - you decide.}

{the final result and the proud owner}

{Neil's creation. Surely this does not surprise anyone.
I'm wondering why he didn't make a gingerbread amp to go with, lol.}

{Jonathan working on a giant gingerbread cookie}

{Ashley and her masterpieces}


{The only two who would let me take a picture of them! By the way, I got to help put the nativity scene together that's behind them. It is becoming our tradition to help decorate at the church the day before Christmas Eve.}

{Each Christmas Eve, after mass, we all come home and pick one gift to open. Ashley picked the boots (long story, but we eventually found a pair so she was hip to that gift already) and we decided to let Drew try them on.}

Bedtime Prayers

Just before bedtime, we said our Advent prayers and a decade of the rosary before looking in the Advent calendar to find baby Jesus behind the 25th! We took him out, placed Him in the manger and sang Happy Birthday to Him.

The cookies!!

{Everyone offered up their favorite cookie for Santa. He wasn't able to refuse them!!}


Morgan said...

I like the gingerbread cookie pictures!!! I would like to try making some this year!

-goofydaddy said...

i don't get it. what is Neil's gingerbread man holding?

Martina said...

Goofy: well, it's a gee-tar, of course!! i thought you of all people woulda gotten that!!

Morgan: thanks!! we did a lot of things on the fly this year, but I think we've officially instituted the gingerbread making/decorating into our Christmas rotation. We still need to find a way to do gingerbread houses and maybe make some ornaments.

*jess* said...

great pics...the cookies are SO cute!

-goofydaddy said...

i was being a smartie :-P

Martina said...

is that that new thing called sarcasm?? lol quick, which movie is that from??

Holly said...

Ashley looks SOOOOO much like you did back in the day. I'm starting to see it more as she gets older.