Saturday, December 29, 2007
(Sorry, the perspectives on this story change back and forth from Dvan to Heather without warning)
This year we spent Christmas at home, with the Parker/Mackintosh clan. Christmas Eve we went to church for a service and then we all headed over to G and G Parkers for Chili and Chicken Noodle Soup dinner. We then exchanged our gifts from our Secret Santa and gave the kids their presents from the aunts and uncles. Donovan got a Baby Bjorn (baby carrier), a Leap Frog musical caterpillar and a baby photo album that has waterproof pages to put pictures in for him to look at, when Mommy finally puts in some pictures! We'll put some pictures of Daddy in there before we go to Seattle to visit Grandmas and Grandpas. Mommy got a wooden plaque that says, "Be Careful How You Address the Queen", and a Chili's gift card. We also received an Applebees gift card, an Outback gift card and a Wii game. For Christmas Mommy got a Nintendo DS from Daddy and Grandma Inabnit has a Tetris game waiting for her in Seattle. Daddy got some Eddie Bauer slippers and a suede pullover, and a book from Mommy. Of course before Mommy could go to bed on Christmas Eve she had to make her Sweet Potato Mallow dish for the Christmas lunch the next day, she didn't get to bed until after midnight.
Christmas Day we woke up to lots of snow, not there the night before, and made our way to Great Grandma Rood's for a Christmas breakfast and to do our stockings. After the stockings were opened and Grandma Rood opened her gifts, we all headed over to the Boulder church to have a our WHOLE family gathering. We had to go to the church because that was the only place that would hold us all. All of the Roods were there except for Grandpa Dale and Grandma Althea. All 14 (12 plus the two buns in the ovens) of Great Grandma Rood's great grandchildren were there and we had a picture taken with her, although Donovan was screaming bloody murder because he was hungry and everyone and there mom wanted to take a picture. He also got his picture taken with Santa, aka Grandpa Parker. Daddy and Mommy played a rousing game of IDI (I doubt it, aka BS, we didn't think BS was appropriate considering the company) with Uncle Brandon, and Josiah and Amberle Thorngate, also a part of the holiday festivities. After having a huge feast we did a white elephant among the adults and we all soon realized that Grandma Alice Parker has a lot of junk lying around her house.
After the white elephant the party died pretty quickly and as soon as things were cleaned up we went back to Great Grandma Rood's house. Daddy and Dusty played the Wii and Mommy and Anna and Arabelle hung out. We headed home around eight and it was still snowing. We drove around hoping a restaurant was open because there wasn't really anything at home since the fridge has broken down (again). The only place open was Walgreens so we got a frozen pizza and a battery for our beeping smoke detector. One stop shopping. We ended the night watching Keeping the Faith and finally headed to bed. We had one busy Christmas!
Cousin Kayleigh and Cousin Logan decorating Dusty/Anna/Logan birthday cupcakes.
Would you like some cupcake with your sprinkles?
Mommy found the silly kitty in my stroller. She'll sleep anywhere!
We dubbed her "Santa Anna", huh, get it?
Unwrapping our Bjorn.
Watching Grandpa Parker, with cousin Josiah's help, open our gift to them. They got a picture of us in a frame.
This is what we got cousin Kayleigh for Christmas.
This is what we woke up to Christmas morning. My and Mommy's first white Christmas.
Mommy took pictures of bunny tracks in the snow at Great Grandma Rood's house. She's a sucker for little animals.
My silly Daddy, Uncle Dusty and Uncle Brandon on "Santa's" aka Grandpa Parker's lap on Christmas Day.
Our pretty Christmas tree!
"Donovan's" Christmas gift from Auntie Anna and Uncle Dusty. He's not supposed to face forward yet, but we were just trying it out. He'll like it better when he can face out, he's still pretty iffy about doing it the other way, but hopefully he'll get used to it!
This was totally not posed. They were both sleeping in the same position!