The next day was Christmas Eve!! Yay!! It was full of family and it was awesome!! Jonas met his two cousins, Parker and Ethan and it was amazing!
Apparently Santa visits Grandma's house on Christmas and Christmas Eve. Clarky found these on the front porch and each of them was a fun, new game for everyone to play together.
It was a giant awesome mess! There were games everywhere and babies everywhere and shouting and laughing and food and it just felt so great being back in the middle of all of it.
Travis and Emily came over and brought their teeny tiny Warren!! He was born just a few days before and I love him so much!
He looks just like Keldon!
Unfortunately in the midst of all the fun, Kalvin came down with a fever and sore throat and was kinda miserable :(
Clark made this super cute plate at school and we opened it up on Christmas Eve. We put cookies on it for Santa, but Clark wasn't feeling it, so we just left the plate next to the plate of cookies haha.
The boys woke up about 7:15 Christmas morning. Brad ran into their room saying that he heard something upstairs and they jumped out of bed and booked it up the stairs.
Santa left a ton of stuff. He always goes overboard. They got a teepee and cars and candy and morphers (from power rangers) and nerf guns and games and movies and hats and underwear and a scooter.
Kalvin got a toy cash register from Grandma and Grandpa Merkley and a flashlight and towel from Grandma and Grandpa Robison
Clark got a puzzle from Grandma and Grandpa Merkley and a flashlight and towel from Grandma and Grandpa Robison.
Grandma and Grandpa Merkley also got them a fun new game and they got Jonas a teddy bear and Brad and I a set of gorgeous new mugs. Mom knows I love my hot chocolate :)
Grandma and Grandpa got us flashlights and towels and Jonas got a cute little toy and new towel.
Jonas got his bouncey seat and a blessing outfit and moose hat. He was unimpressed.
But we got good reactions from the older two ;)
Jaden sent us a ginormous box of chocolate and Brad was a little scared
Kalvin gave up on opening presents about halfway through and wanted to just sit on daddy's lap.
Jonas didnt really fit in his hat. Its too tight and squeezes his poor giant head and makes him cry.
Brad was awesome and got me a tripod and a remote shutter for my camera and I cant wait to play with them!!!
Brad just wanted ammo for Christmas, so thats boring. I did get him a few new shirts though.
So we pretty much just spent the day playing with all our new toys
And eating chocolate
And taking pictures
And feeding Jonas, because he is under the impression that nothing else matters
Sweetest Christmas baby!!
Parker was super chill, as always
Kelby and Lauralyn are so cute :)
So after a eating the ridiculously huge prime rib Brad brought home for the family and lots more talking and laughing with family, we decided it was time to call it a day and mark it as another awesome Christmas for the record books.
We brought the babies home after and gave them hot chocolate and doughnuts and they were pretty happy about that :)
So then we just got to see family some more
This tiny boy came back over for a visit and made me sad that Jonas isn't a newborn anymore
But our poor little baby got some antibiotics and we got to get home before midnight.
But even with all the craziness, we were sure we didn't miss this photo opportunity
Parker, Ethan, Jonas and Warren
Guess which two babies were planned and which two were a surprise ;)
One day we will take a picture of all four of them with their missionary badges :)
And of course the siblings with their babies
And Grandma and Grandpa with their 4 grandsons
Jonas is starting to really find his smile and it makes me so happy
So since we didnt get to go out with Brady and Jessica, we ran over Saturday morning for just an hour so we could see them before they went back home.
Brad and Brady have been best friends since childhood
And now they have babies only one week apart
Jonas and Scarlett are destined to be married. There is just no way around it.
Man do we miss them!!!
After seeing the Stratton's, I left Brad with two sick boys (yes two. Clark got sick too) and took Jonas to Bunkerville to meet his Great Grandma and Grandpa Merkley.
Things were crazy, but I am so glad that I was able to go up and see them. They are the sweetest and always make me feel so loved.
And I am so glad that they could meet our newest little buddy. Grandma held him the whole time and Grandpa just stared at him, smiling. They are the best!
I got home to a house full of sickies.
Kalvin didnt let that keep him from playing with his best bud Keldon. My gosh I miss seeing them together everyday!
As luck would have it, Lily got sick and so did Brielle.
It was a giant mess of crying babies and toddlers, throwing up, juice and medicine and parents and grandparents with bloodshot eyes. Hahaha I couldnt help but laugh at what a mad house it was.
I guess thats what you get when you put that many kids together in one house
But it was completely worth it and I cant wait to do it again in a few months hopefully.
But maybe without the sickness. That would be nice.
Saturday night we FINALLY slept. All 5 of us. Til 9am. We needed it!
The drive home was uneventful except for Kalvin throwing up once, but that just doesnt even phase us anymore. Or him. Other than that, all 3 boys slept like the entire trip, so that was nice. Just a quiet, quick trip.
And now we are home with a mountain of laundry to wash and bags to unpack and Christmas to pack up, but the boys woke up feeling better and Jonas has been smiling all day, so its all good.
It was a very merry, very memorable Christmas!!!!