Monday, December 29, 2008

More Christmas!

It has been a busy few days! We are all very tired at this point. Christmas was so much fun with Ben this year but it is nice to get back into a routine. Poor little guy got a little overwhelmed by it all. We had a total of 5 Christmas celebrations with family (not counting all the friends we saw and hung out with). Ben didn't get to bed before 10 any night for the past week so he is a little worn out.

It was such a blessing to be able to celebrate the birth of Jesus! Here are some pictures from it all and I will tell everything that went on with the pictures.
We had a relaxing day at home on Christmas Eve. We then went to the vesper service at church. It is nice to have some time to focus on the true meaning of Christmas. Then we have a tradition of delivering blessing baskets from our church to the 7th floor of the hospital where Matt works. It is nice to give back a little. Then we went and picked up some Chinese takeout for our Christmas Eve meal!
After our Chinese dinner we had a Happy Birthday Jesus party. We read the Christmas story and then Ben got to sing Happy Birthday to Jesus and have some cake!
Christmas morning came along with Santa!!! Here is Ben checking out his toys!
He really enjoyed everything he got from Santa and from us! At first he wasn't to into opening the presents but he got more and more into it as the holiday went along.
He got lots and lots of Little People stuff which he loves!! Although his favorite 2 gifts were the toothbrush in his stocking and a $2 place mat I had gotten him at the last minute. Next year toothbrushes only!
We enjoyed a nice breakfast together as a family after we opened our gifts!

Ben's big gift was a train table (if you didn't know.. I have only been talking about it for months). Matt and I were so excited for him to see the train table. We saved it until the very end of Christmas morning because we figured he wouldn't play with the rest of his toys if he saw the table. We took him into the study were the table was. He just sort of looked at it and started playing with it. No reaction at all. It was like it had always been there. Oh well. I still don't think it has sunk in that it is his!

By this point Ben is getting tired already. We had a major meltdown that included throwing trains and tracks! Even though it was all fun I think it was very overwhelming for him. It will be months before he is able to play with all his new toys. And he keeps going and pulling out old ones to play with!

We had Christmas with the Eckley family at lunchtime on Christmas. Mema and Opa and Uncle Brett and Aunt Joanna came over to our house. Mema and Opa got Ben an awesome motorized golf cart that he can drive! He loves it!

He is still perfecting his driving skills but he works hard at it!

More presents!!

More Little People!
The Eckley Family Band

Ben totally buried in presents, wrapping, and bows!

We enjoyed some nice time going to the movies on Friday and seeing old friends. Then on Saturday we got up and headed down to LaFayette and Auburn to see my grandmothers and extended family. It was great to get to see everyone and spend time hanging out!

My grandmother got Ben a kitchen set. He loves it!!! He is going to make a good husband one day!

We hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas season! We are looking forward to 2009 and all it is going to bring!