Lexi had to take a break from basketball to see if there was anything she couldn't live without, and wouldn't you know, she found a couple she liked!
I had taken a couple of pictures of Lexi, I THOUGHT, in a some of our fun cowboy hats. However, apparently my battery was dead from so many pictures, and I guess they didn't actually take. But every year of their lives, I have given Lexi and Lanie an ornament for Christmas, and so it was ironic that Lexi's ornament was a little purple cowboy hat, this year. She said, "Well, I got my hat!" Adorable!
Britt got some camo gear and another nutcracker! He loves his nutcrackers. This one is so super cute!
Our time together was way too short, but perfect in every way. We are grateful to our toes that we had a special Christmas with my family. It is a time we will never forget and will always treasure, and it is hopefully a building block for more to come. Because truly, family is everything!
It was hard to see them go, and we were all a bit sad. Luckily, we hadn't even had time to open our stockings, yet, and so we kept our minds off of them leaving by doing that last little tradition. It was wonderful to see that the kids appreciated their gifts, but they weren't really even thinking about them. We all were just happy to be together and to celebrate Jesus as a family. We sang Happy Birthday to Him after we said our blessing before we ate breakfast on Christmas Day, as that is our tradition, and Shawn said, "That's what today is really all about, isn't it?" And yes, it is. It is about Jesus and His family and families being together to celebrate the gift of life.
The two hams, above, in their new hats from Brailey and Britt reading, below. He can't stop reading books that he loves, and he read this one he got in his stocking in about an hour or two, I think. These are the days, I tell you! These are the blessed, merry days!