Tuesday, January 6, 2009

The one about Christmas 2008

Ahhh...it's so hard for me to not give up on things once I get behind! There's just so much that's happened since the last post. I can't quite even remember where to begin. Normally that means it would be another 8-10 months before I try to recap. But here I am- look at me changing!! Isn't that what a new year is all about anyway?

So, sadly the Christmas season is officailly over. Kevin's back at school and work. I was asleep when he got home last night and I vaguely remember him kissing me goodbye this morning. Lame. I once heard that you should give yourself 10 minutes to gripe and complain- but then you have to get over it. So here goes. THIS IS SUCH A BUMMER! Why does time have to fly when you're having fun? Shouldn't it be the other way around? It was soooo nice having Kev around. (*sigh*) I guess I'll catch up with him again next Christmas... poor, poor me. Annd - CUT. Ok, now I'm done. ;)

Christmas 2008 really was wonderful. Lots of new memories made. I feel like I'm running on brand new batteries. I'm just hoping they last longer than they did last year. They should. There's so much to be grateful for.

The Sunday before Christmas we have a tradition that means a lot to me. We have a party & Birthday Feast for our Savior. We prepare the very best of what we have for Him. This year we had a delicious turkey (like only Kev can make), mashed potatoes (like only I can make- haha), gravy, stuffing, frog-eye salad, fresh veggies, apple pie, yummy drinks, etc....and ate it by candle light. Then we wrote some Birthday cards and put them in our specail box under the tree with all the other gifts, and sang Happy Birthday. The kids seemed to really understand what Christmas is about this year. When they are grown up, I will give them all their letters from all the Christmas's in their own box, so that if they want, they can start the tradition in their own homes. I felt the Christmas spirit very strong during our Birthday Celebration this year.

The kids sat on Santa's lap so many times this year! That's got to be so confusing! They've got to be thinking, "Didn't I already tell you what I wanted for Christmas, Santa?" We met him at a Preschool Class party, the Farr's Christmas party, at the ward party, at Sizzler... I purposely did NOT take them to the mall this year. After the first Santa we met Halle told me, "Mom, I know this Santa isn't the REAL santa. He must be one of Santa's helpers, huh? But don't worry, Mom. I won't tell the little kids." Smart little girl.

Another fun Chistmas tradition we have is our CHRISTMAS ELF that visits our home throughout December. Sometimes he brings little treats and surprises if the kids have been really good. Each morning the kids wake up and go hunting for Mr. Elf. Sometimes he's there, sometimes he's not. He watches them, to make sure they're being good, and then goes back at night to tell Santa. The kids LOVE it!One day before going to the store I told the kids, "K, guys we have to go to Walmart. Let's be super super good this time ok?" Halle took off running upstairs in the middle of my sentence...I was like, "Halle! You're not listening to me already!" (We have MAJOR drama everytime we go to Walmart...ugh) Anyway, she came running back downstairs, Mr. Elf in hand and said, "If I bring the Elf, he will help me remember to be good at the store." And it worked. They were angels- which is unheard of for my kids. Mr. Elf hasn't been put away yet, and I don't know if he will be this year. Why stop what's working, right?
CHRISTMAS MORNING was so fun. These Christmas's with the kids being so little will probably be the best of my life. It's awesome. This is them waiting to come down the stairs that morning...sooo fun!

Halle went right for her "Baby Alive" Doll and named her "NcKayla McKayla Frunae Farr". Good luck to my future grandkids, huh? Hee hee..I love it. Other gifts she loved were her new art supplies, ponies, "paint nolish" (nail polish) and accessories, leapster games, a new dress that matches "NcKayla McKayla", a Tinkerbell bike, kareoke thingy, and the chineese jump rope: "Twisties . . In, twisties . . out. Diamonds . . in, diamonds . . out..." REMEMBER THAT?!? I think I love it as much as she does- ok, maybe more. $5 at Funfinity. Go get it! :D

Drew loved his robot Dinosaur... so did Kevin and the rest of us. It's awesome! In fact, when I asked Halle what her favorite gift was she said "Drew's dinosaur". Whoopsie! He reeeeally loved his cars too, the hot wheels dinosaur, his spiderman costume (which he's running around in right now), leapster games, puzzles, his orange bike and of course the CANDY in his stocking!

I loved when the kids gave presents to their dad. Drew had wrapped up a toy shark (one of his own he got out of his toy chest) and said, "My Dad wants this for Christmas!" He told Kevin, "I'm giving you a shark" a few times before Christmas. Three year olds can't keep a secret. But what do you do? :)
Which is why when he wrapped Halle's gift I told him it was a "Booker Nocker." Then when he told her he was giving her a "Booker Nocker" she still was clueless. Gotta keep one step ahead, right? ;)
Anyway, so when Kevin opened his shark Drew was just so excited, that he pretty much unwrapped the whole thing for him. Haha. Perfect.

Halle's gift to Kevin was just as great. She spent over 3 hours at "Color Me Mine" painting a plate for him. The first hour, she made a really sweet little design and it looked pretty good. But then she just couldn't stop...the next two + hours she painted over and over, adding more colors, stripes, polka dots, and then more colors, more stripes and polka dots all over again.
It ended up pretty OC, but that only made it that much more from her heart. She was so proud of it! She told all the employees "I made this is for my Dad. He will LOVE it!" And of course, he did.
Another highlight of Christmas 2008 was talking to my baby bro, Elder "Buzz" Blackburn, on his mission. He sounded so good- minus a fractured finger. He loved his Christmas tree and got to take it with him when he was transfered mid-December. Wahoo! He's got a little over nine months and then I can talk to him for reals! I miss him terribly. His best friend, Ben gets home TODAY! Ben is the younger bro of Emily, one of my best friends. The four of us have some seriously great childhood memories. Next Christmas maybe we'll be able to have a recap. That'll be awesome.

Some of the other Christmas Memories we made were sledding with the Campbells, taking Kev and Justin snowboarding (and them getting stuck in the mountain because they decided to try a new part of the mountain that went straight down into a ravine-and now we have a deeper level of appreciation for the pioneers), multiple family parties, and being able to meet and take Shunae's baby Jada's pictures. (click here to see some of them) I just wish they lived closer and we could get together more.

The absolute best part of the holiday for me was when Kevin & I got to spend the whole day together. We went to the Body World exhibit (which was a-m-a-z-i-n-g), went to IKEA, a movie, etc etc. I haven't felt that deep-down-happy in a LONG time. It was heavenly. I started looking forward to growing old for the first time in my life- when we can have more long days together all the time. I see my grandparents and how sweet they are to each other- and I know that with Kev, I have the same things to look forward to. Not too soon, hopefully though. We're soaking up are kids for now. :)

Anywho. This post is Ginormous. But I did it. (*Patting self on back*) Phew.

Happy New Year
to all my wonderful friends and family!!


Tucker & Tiffany Johnson said...

Oh, I just love your posts Mar! You always have such wonderful ideas for your family. I want to have a family just like yours! Hehe!
PS. Drew's dinosaur is freaky! When I was watching them the other night Drew was showing me his dinosaur and I screamed. It really scares me! So, if they start acting scared around it~my bad. I take full responsibility.
Love ya!
See you soon!!

Chris & Nikki said...

thanks for your sweet post, you are so cute.
I can't believe we'll be parents...so soon. But our baby was ready to come on down. :D
I also love all your holiday traditions, they are so thoughtful and so sweet. you and your family are so cute. hehe.

love ya

Damon & Ora said...

Very cute post! Next year can I have a booker nocker for Christmas?

Linley and Austin said...

So I found your blog! I was looking at Shelly's list of friends and I saw your name :) Mari, your blog with all the pictures you have taken are AWESOME! Seriously, you are a great photographer :) Looks like you had a great holiday :) We went to the Body Worlds for my birthday, and it was so much fun. Kind of creepy though... Anyway, have a good day!

Shelly said...

I love your tradition of having a birthday dinner for the Savior. You are such a great wife and mother. The pictures are so cute. Thanks for calling me the other day. I haven't had a chance to call you back but it meant alot to me. I am doing fine and prayers are what we need for Cassidy, Janice, and Lorin at this time. You are a good friend. I can't wait for the snow to melt so I feel a bit more social with neighbors again.

Haley said...

Hey there beautiful girl! I saw this contest and thought of you.
I really think you should enter a few of your photos. Feel free to use any of my kids. I especially think you should put that one of Kaylea in her baby blessing dress that you turned black and white.

I want you to come do another photo session soon. I want to do a family one but even if we just get ya to do some of the kids for now I would be happy.
Love you and miss you!!

Alicia said...

AMAZING! You are so talented! I can't believe how big your kids are getting. Isn't it fun when they finally start to understand what Christmas is all about? We sure miss you and your beautiful family!

Amy Jensen said...

How funny, I got Gracie those very same Christmas Jammie's as Halle!