"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates." Deuteronomy 4: 6-9

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Christmas 2009

Christmas is our favorite time of the year! Not only because we are celebrating the birth of Jesus, but also because we get to spend so much time with our family and friends. Our Christmas activities started a few days before Christmas when Matt and I went to a special Christmas eve service (the day before Christmas eve) with Matt's mom at her church. The service was great! We snapped a photo in front of the Christmas tree on our way out.
On Christmas eve morning we celebrated with Aunt Jamie, Uncle Will, and Hannah before they left for Ocala. Hannah was such a cutie!
Carson got a remote control firetruck as one of his gifts from Aunt Jamie and Uncle Will. He loves it!
Aunt Jamie opened presents while Hannah just watched. We ate some delicious breakfast goodies with them and then they left for their trip.
During the afternoon on Christmas Eve, we went to our own church for their service. Carson had to sit in the service with us and he did great. He clapped after every song!
We tried to get him to say, "cheese" afterwards for a picture, but we only got a side shot. He looked SO handsome in his Christmas vest.
After church we headed to the DeMoor's for Christmas Eve dinner and presents. Carson had to have a chocolate chip cookie! (Daddy doesn't like it when Mommy gives him sweets!)
Dinner was delicious, and before we opened presents we brought out baby Jesus in the manger and sang Happy Birthday.
Here are the DeMoor cousins. Carson had so much fun running around with them.

Carson got several fun gifts from Matt's family, including a slide! He loves to try to climb the slide the wrong way! He also got puzzles, crayons, a helicopter, and a farm.
On Christmas morning, Carson woke up and it was back to opening presents!
He got another firetruck from Mommy and Daddy, a doctor's set, and a wooden train.

After his first nap, we went over to Nana and Papa's for Christmas Day. When we walked in, there was a tent with a tunnel set up for Carson! It took him a few minutes, but he finally explored the tent and tunnel and had so much fun.
He also got a big car loader truck.
And some cool shades from Uncle Jacob and Brooke.
After we had lunch with Aunt Kim, Uncle Scott, Alex, and Maddy, we all drove up to the Villages to have Christmas with Great Grandma and Great Grandpa. We thoroughly enjoyed making them smile! We brought them dinner and opened more presents with them. Great Grandma and Great Grandpa bought Carson a sock monkey which he LOVES and a Santa cup.
We had such a wonderful Christmas holiday and hope you and your families did too!

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