We tried a few shots at church, by their tree and I like how they turned out. . .
I'm not exactly sure why I can't get the boys' picture to turn the right way -- it's fine in the file but when I import it here. . .oh well.
Our Sunday School classes had a special program for all the grade-school kids this morning and Tom played one of the Wise Men in the skit.
It was a neat little program.
Then they had some crafts for the kids at the tables and we took them back to the classrooms to pack up and go. I had assembled these little things the day before for our third graders:
They were just a little cellophane bag with some bell candy (ha--get it?!?), pencil, eraser, notepad and then a snowflake ornament on the outside. I thought they turned out pretty cute but then forgot to take a picture of the box of fourteen all together. Oh well. . .it was a fun little thing to do. Then Tom and I wrote a Christmas card to each child too. . .some weren't there on Sunday so we'll mail those.
Then we headed over to our "usual" Sunday lunch spot -- a local Mexican restaurant. The kids were so full from all the junk at church that we only ordered three full meals at the table and that seemed to be enough for everyone! We had a wait so the camera came back out for a few shots:
Moving on through our fun afternoon:
This year the kids wanted to put the presents out early (versus the night before we do this) but I didn't "trust" them to not guess everything before they were opened (no fun for me). So. . .I wrapped all twelve gifts (3/ea) and put numbers on them. . .
None of the kids knew whose was whose. That was awesome! One of the kids pulled a number (I had 12 circles with numbers on the front and names on the back. . .just in case they were peeking they wouldn't get all the information on one side). . .then the "picker" would find the gift and hand it to the person it belonged to and they opened it. . .then they picked the next number. . .until we were done.
I love these times. . .these memories we make. . .