Thursday, December 31, 2009

Christmas Morning

This Christmas was the perfect balance for us. We were able to spend enough time together at home and still spend time with extended family. I need to apologize for the poor photo quality, I didn't realize that the flash was turned off until we were halfway through the day.

Santa brought our domino-loving family a HUGE set of dominoes (433, to be exact). They are the perfect size for Ellie's little hands to set up. Ethan has loved them too, but he mostly loves taking them out of the bin and throwing them on the floor. Santa also set up a domino run on our kitchen table, he was able to get all 433 set up in a spiral and filled up the whole table. A fun thing to wake up to!

Ellie was thrilled to find chalk in her stocking. "It's just what I asked Santa for! Chalk!"

Santa also brought a couple of goldfish. A gold one for Ellie which she named Dorothy and a Black Moor for Ethan. He named it "Wow". I love Ethan's expression in this picture:

It perfectly shows how he feels about the fish. He is excited to see them every time he comes into the kitchen. He always points to the tank and says either, "Oooh!" or "Wow!"


Doll house!

Ellie the Super Hero--my sister made Ellie this darling cape (with a huge E on the back) and mask. It was a hit!

Ethan and Ellie with Grandpa Kindlespire

As always, I failed to get pictures of everything. But we were very blessed to be able to spend a lot of time with family over the holiday. We went to a movie and had lunch with Grandma and Grandpa Hillman on Christmas Eve; saw the whole Kindlespire family (my parents and siblings anyway) on Christmas afternoon; and had Christmas dinner with the Kimballs. Though this post doesn't show it, we were able to keep Jesus Christ as the center of the holiday. Ellie and I had lots of conversations about Santa and Jesus. She was very curious about why we have two reasons to celebrate Christmas, and it was a good reminder for me as I explained to her that they are really one reason. Santa reminds us of Jesus Christ. He gives unselfishly with no thought of himself, just as Christ gave his life for us. That is what I love to remember during this magical season, and that is what I hope my family and I can focus on every year.

Merry Christmas!


  1. Such cute pics! I'm glad you guys had a good Christmas!

  2. Wow looks like a great Christmas. I LOVE the doll house. (glad it turned out.) The dominoes is awesome. I am sure Ellie loves it.