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Saturday, December 27, 2014

King Christmas once again, part 2

After the homemade cinnamon rolls, and the brunch, and the stocking letters, and the gifts, our Christmas Eve continues with family games. In the past, I have planned the games but this year I asked for help.

We played Spoons and Electric Orange.

The little girls each chose a Frozen themed game. HopeAnne had us all sing, "Do you Want to Build a Snowman" (for which the boys were all, okay mostly, good sports) and then we all did just that with marshmallows, pretzel sticks, icing and food gel.

Eden had us creating life-size Olafs.
Mariana made Dad, Mom made Andrew...
Shoun made HopeAnne...
Isaac made a seated Jesse

Jesse, our master Wal-mart shopper, took a detour from his favorite store to purchase Bingo and an interesting version of basketball from Five and Below.

Getting smarter

And then it was time to get ready for church.

Another family-focused Christmas Eve which will be a wonderful memory to share through the years. I can hear it now...

Remember that time when Mom lost that 4th emergency bowtie so only 3 of us boys got one? So unfair.

Remember that time when Mom scheduled TB tests for Christmas Eve just so she could renew our homestudy? What kind of gift was that?

Remember that time when Mom and Jesse said the big kids were going to watch Little House on the Prairie for Christmas Eve Eve? And Andrew got mad because he was going along with it but Mom thought he was serious so gave up the game too quickly?

Remember that time when Mariana kept giving false starts in Electric Orange and her team had to go backwards?

Remember that time when Dad forgot about our Christmas Eve Eve family movie night and stayed at work late instead?

Remember that time when Shoun forgot to buy a gift for his Secret Santa and wanted Dad to take him to Wal-mart during the family movie night?

Remember that superb idea Mom had to wrap our gifts in snowmen and then we had such fun rearranging them when she came up with so many alternatives to the numbering system? We have such an incredible Mom, don't we?

Yup, that was our 2014.

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