Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Last of our Christmas

Since we had to post pone Christmas with Matt's family, we did it a few day late.  Unfortunately Sid is still in the hospital and could not join us, and we missed him.  Prayers for him are very much appreciated!  He is still fighting that pneumonia something fierce.  We still got together with Matt's mom and his brother Mike and family to celebrate since we had everything ready.  The kids of course had fun running around outside and playing and exchanging gifts.

So happy that these kids can have cousins close by who are close in age :)  They love each other!

It was Heather's 40th birthday the day we celebrated, so we got to celebrate her as well :)  

And last but not least, celebrating with the HekFlo crew on Friday night, who come mid summer of 2014 will become a party of TEN!!!!  So excited that the Flores' are going to welcome baby number three next year as well :)

And that wraps up Christmas!  Thankfully I got my decorations down and my house finally cleaned and put back together. 

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas Day

With our Christmas taking an unexpected turn we made the best and had a great day. 

We had one VERY big surprise for the kids that we've been planning for months.... a playhouse :)  Matt designed it himself but only started building it the day before Christmas Eve.   He told the kids he was building a shed, and Ethan was very eager to help him.  On Christmas morning we took them outside and told them what it really is, and they were beyond excited.  It still needs to be finished, and hopefully that will happen within the next week or two :)  It's going to be very cool!!!

We then went inside and opened stockings in the morning and played with all of our fun new toys.  I also made homemade cinnamon rolls.... yum.

We had planned on being at Matt's parent's house all day, so I didn't have anything prepared to cook.  I did however happen to have a gorgeous rib roast in my fridge that I had planned on making this upcoming weekend, and a yummy sweet potato dish that I was going to bring to dinner at my in laws.  So we decided to make these for our Christmas feast.  I threw together a Jello salad and green salad, my brother brought rolls, and my mom brought mashed potatoes and green beans.  It was an amazing meal that we enjoyed very much!  Marlene was even able to come and partake for a bit.

It was a very nice and relaxing day and we enjoyed our time together (although really missed being with the rest of the family).

Christmas Eve

We had a great holiday, but I will admit I woke up today on Boxing Day and breathed a sigh of relief, nothing to bake or wrap or do, I can just "be" :)

The weekend before Christmas we went up to Ripon for Matt's mom's family annual Van Laar Christmas get together.  It was nice to see everyone, but a tiring weekend, especially being just before CHristmas.  The kids had fun and of course loved staying in a hotel. I brought my camera but I was lame and only took two pictures.  There were over 90 people there, crazy huh?  It's a huge family :)  These are all just siblings of Matt's mom (there were six kids, four still alive), and then their descendents. This family knows how to propagate ;)

The grown guys in our family (including Josh who is marrying my niece Amanda in June).

They had a pinata for the kids, which of course was a hit.

Okay, now back to Christmas Eve.  I still had presents to wrap and things to cook and bake, and I manged to get it finished.  The kids also go to decorate a gingerbread house and cookies.  My mom and brother came over and we had Christmas with them.

Our birthday cake for Jesus :)


Matt got down his old Legos from the attic and wrapped them up for the kids.  They were so excited and happy to add a ton of Legos to their Lego collection :)

She loves Calico Critters

Matt surprised me and got me a new blender, which I had been wanting :)

Around 8:00 that night we got a call that Matt's mom had to take his dad into the ER.  Turns out he has the flu and was not doing well.  He was too weak to even walk, needed oxygen and had a fever.  Poor Marlene spent the night with him at the hospital and came home Christmas morning at 3:30 am to sleep a little.  We had planned on having Christmas with them that day, but we are postponing it until Sid can hopefully come home from the hospital.  He is currently still there and they ran a CT scan this morning to see if he has pneumonia as well.  Your prayers would be much appreciated!