Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Christmas 2008

Finn and I opening his first gift...gotta love his two-piece flannel Christmas jammies!

Christmas was so fun this year. It's been a while since my ENTIRE fam got together, but everyone came to Utah this year and it was such a blast! It was especially great having my sister Brittany and her family here from Calgary that we hardly ever get to see.

We had a big dinner on Christmas Eve in Salt Lake where Finn successfully used utensils to feed himself for the whole meal! It was pretty amazing. After dinner, we had a nativity play where all the kids dressed up as shepherds, wooly lambs, wise men etc. that was a lot of fun.

Christmas day was the best ever. Finn had been clawing at his gifts under the tree all through December and was so excited when he actually got to open them! Christmas is so much more fun with your own kids, Aaron and I were so excited just watching Finn be excited.

Finn getting the goods out of his stocking. I finished making his this year that is similar to the green and brown ones I made for Aaron and I a couple years ago. I'm pretty proud of them seeing as I don't.sew.at.all.

Aaron holding a picture of Finn that I got him to put on his desk at work
Finn playing with his magnet farm toy from Grandma and Grandpa Harker. He loves to push the button and dance to the music as seen in the video below:

Aaron with his trombone stand I got him. I'm hoping this will help him use his talent more since he used to keep his trombone in a case under our bed. It looks really nice in the corner of our room!

Aaron holding a gift-set of assorted hot sauces from his mom...perfect gift for him!

Finn opening a present with Daddy.

Finn's favorite toy by far was a jumping Tigger that he got from Grandpa Parks and Nana Lana. Usually mechanized things like this freak him out, but he loved it right away!

Later my sisters and I hung out while the boys went to see "Valkyrie." Aaron really liked it and I think he enjoyed the boy time. The rest of the day was spent playing games, playing with Finn and lazing around stuffing our faces with yummy food -- the perfect Christmas.

Finn playing with his Dad and Uncle Tom on Christmas day. He LOVES being thrown back and forth between people.

Boxing Day (aka the day after Christmas) we had another big family dinner at the Stake Center by Megan's house. Crazy that my family is so big now that we need a gym to hold us all. We saved some traditional things for this day since my sister Stacie couldn't make it from St. George until then. We had some family pictures taken, ate a ginormous meal, enjoyed a family talent show (where Aaron showcased his penny whistle skills) and white elephant game while the kids ran rampant in the gym...so fun!
Tom and Lesli holding Finn, McKenna and Mathieu (me in the background) during the talent show. We held it in the cutest primary room ever where we all sat on little pews and watched the performers on a miniature stage.


Zane and Lexi said...

oh man, I just love Finn's little flannel 2 piece! It was so fun seeing you guys over the break - I'm so glad the weather cooperated for us so our kids could play together and we could learn some magic bullet skills! We miss you guys...

Bailey said...

How funny Denny got a gift set of assorted hot sauces too.

Rob and Marseille said...

Isn't meal time great when they feed themselves. Wow...Aaron shaved! Wait, what did you get for Christmas?

Kathleen said...

Loved your pictures and remembering how much fun we had together. Is Aaron still the forever- and ever champ of Hearts????
PS I keep opening your blog and watching the movies of Finn sliding - and the unhappy sledding experience. Good job on the blog!