We first went to my parents house for a week. We went to this nearby goat farm and had some goat milk and cheese. Sam loved a cat that was missing a leg. The goats are in mating season and Brianna commented that they were playing games getting on top of each other. There are about 500 goats at this farm.
Here are the kids making gingerbread men.
Here is our Christmas picture after mass Christmas Eve.
Here are some pictures of the get together at my parents. I am the oldest of 5 so my sister Jenny, her husband Eric, and her 2 kids; my brother Chris and his wife Samantha; my brother Joey and his wife Crystal; and my brother Timmy and his girlfriend Lauren were all there for a long weekend. How nice to have us all there together, a rare treat. Heath and I have the best families and we are so lucky everyone gets along and loves each other.
Here are the kids on Christmas morning. They all said they wanted to eat cereal before opening presents. I asked Brianna if she was sure she didn't want to open a present first and she said, no we're hungry. They didn't get up until 8:30. They only ate 1 bowl a piece instead of their usual 3 or 4. The kids each got 3 presents from Santa. They opened all of them and Brianna had only gotten 2 and had not gotten her bike she needed. She said, "I only got 2, I guess I'll get a bike for my birthday." She went on playing for a few hours before we said, "Brianna, what does the paper under the tree say?" She read that it was a note from Santa saying she had another present hidden somewhere in the house and found her bike in the laundry room. The kids were very excited about what each other got and not jealous or anything yet. Maybe those days are still to come, but it made Christmas so fun this year.
This is the girls in the Christmas program at one of the Children's masses Christmas Eve. It was so cute! I just love our church.
Here is Brianna playing with some things from a goodie bag a neighbor brought them. Have I told you we have the best neighbors? One even gave us bunkbeds they rarely used and we desperately needed.