Instead of just posting a ton of pictures like last year, or the year before,  I decided to do it this way. Categorically. (I like organized things.)  I’ll explain each present that is posted, especially since a few certain ones won’t make any sense…especially the funniest one. 🙂  I’ll put a few extra pictures and such at the end of the post. Including how long it took us to open presents since some of you were wanting to know 🙂

So we’ll start with…

The Scariest

A picture Isaiah drew for Cassia

The Most Matching

Made by Mommy (and Jessica and Susannah) for A, B, C, N and I

The Most Delicate

A doily Susannah crocheted for Mommy

The Cutest

Dollhouse people Leah made for Charissa

The Most Educational

An everybody gift from Daddy and Mommy

The Funniest


A joke gift to Susannah from Cassia (I really like camels (especially after meeting Gomer at the Creation Museum), so Cassia tore this out of a Gospel For Asia catalog to give to me 😀 )


The Most Musical

Another everybody gift

The Warmest

A hat and scarf Leah crocheted, and a shawl Mommy knitted for Bekah

The Biggest

From Daddy to Mommy for their bed. No, that is not their bed 😀

The Most Boy-ish

Trash trucks from Daddy and Mommy to the boys

The Most Memorable

A purse Jessica made Mommy using Grandma’s skirt and pants and Grandpa’s pants

The Smelliest

Or maybe not. 🙂  Cows Leah gave Noah and Isaiah

The Most Wordy

Books from everybody to everybody

top to bottom: (M) means that it is Mommys. J is for Jessica. L for Leah. S for Susannah. C for Cassia. A for Anna.

(M) Live to Make a Difference-Max Lucado

(J) The Pravda Messenger-Bob Cornuke

(A) Almost Home-Wendy Lawton

(A) Courage to Run-Wendy Lawton

(A) The Captive Princess-Wendy Lawton

(L) The Family Daughter-Sarah Bryant

(L) Preparing to be a Help Meet-Debi Pearl

(J) Titus-Rand Hummel

(S) What is the Father Like?-W. Phillip Keller

(C) One Heartbeat Away-Mark Cahill

(S) Joyfully at Home-Jasmine Baucham

(C) What is the Father Like?-W. Phillip Keller

(C) Life Changing Moments With God-David Jeremiah

(S) When The Game is Over it All Goes Back in the Box-John Ortberg

(C) One Heartbeat Away-Mark Cahill

(C) One Thing You Can’t Do in Heaven-Mark Cahill

(S) Philippians-Rand Hummel

(S) 5ive Smooth Stones-Rand Hummel

(M) Out Live Your Life-Max Lucado

And a hodge podge of more pictures…

Anybody want to guess who this is from? 😉

Pies…for the main dish 🙂

The breakfast table…set the night before

From my Christmas diary:

8:00 am most of everybody was up (several people stayed up till 2-3 the “night” before!)

10:00 ate breakfast

10:40 done with breakfast and Advent reading

10:55 dishes done

11:00 opened stockings

11:15 started opening presents

2:40 finish opening presents except for the treasure hunt Mommy sent Daddy on 🙂

Total time to open presents:  3 hr. 25 minutes (last year’s time: 5 hr. 25 min.)

4:00/4:30 put food in the oven

5:30/6:00 ish (nobody can remember “the” time)  ate “dinner”.  Supper rather.

Sometime after feeding goats and washing dishes:  played Mexican Train

Different ways we opened presents: (we always do it different ways…one at a time…to make it last 🙂 )

-by length of our dresses

-alphabetical order

-alphabetical order backwards

-age order

-age order backwards

-height order…backwards

-ages turned backwards and in order (example: Isaiah is 4, so he would be 40…Susannah would be last at 91)

-one is appointed and then that one picks the next, etc.

-by nicknames in alphabetical order

-middle names in alphabetical order

-middle names alphabetical order backwards

What are some fun things you did for Christmas?

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  • December 31, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    FUN!! Guess what?? I recived some of the prestents you did!! 😀 I recived 3 of the homestead blessings DVD’s, and Joyful at home, and the family daghter 😀 fun! we shared Christmas together ! JK 🙁

  • December 31, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    soooooo sorry … it’s daughter … NOT daghter 😀

  • December 31, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    What a WONDERFUL Christmas. I teared up a little seeing the purse Jessica made out of the skirt and pants. SO SWEET!

    Please let us know how you all enjoy the Homestead Blessings Collection! I have heard SO MANY good things about it! What a nice gift!

    Happy New Year girls!

  • January 1, 2011 at 2:37 am

    Lovely gifts! My favorite was “The Most Wordy”… =>

  • January 1, 2011 at 2:54 am

    Wow, what a joyful day!Filled with love and family. I LOVED the gifts. what a great drawing from your brother. I’m sure your mother will always cherish her one of a kind handbag. I loved all the crochet and knitted gifts, and the dolls and their accessories. But who can beat those trucks. We open our gifts one at a time too.
    my kids are gonna be so excited to see your new post.( they have me check it daily)to make sure they dont miss anything. God bless and kep you all this New Year.

  • January 1, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    What did Anna, Susannah, Charissa and Leah get for their mommy? 🙂 I love how you did that! Very fun/cute!

    God Bless,

  • January 1, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    “He is handsome, he is tall!…” That is from side to side! Right?!
    I love ‘The Fiddler on the Roof’! 🙂 That was so funny!

    I LOVE the pj’s! Very cute! Is that Charissa in the middle?! She looks so grown up! 🙂

    That is a BEAUTIFUL doily!!!! Great job Susannah! Who taught you how to make those? I wish that you could teach me! I know how to crochet, but that is AMAZING!!!!! Any books that you would recommend?

    I love those dolls! They are very sweet! Were they hard to make?

    I have watched “The Art of Soap Making” on tv before. I love watching the ‘Franklin Springs Family Hour’!

    Bekah will be warm this winter! 🙂 That is beautiful bedding! 🙂

    Your brothers will have fun with their trucks! How old are your brothers?
    My brothers are (almost) 7, 5 and 1 1/2.

    Looks like you got a lot of good books! I have never heard of the Daughters of the Faith books before! What do you think of them Anna? I am going to order one from my library. 🙂

    Happy 1-1-11!

    God Bless,

    • January 5, 2011 at 10:51 am

      Thank you 🙂 My grandma taught me to crochet, but I kind of took off on my own with the doilies. I’m not sure about books to recommend. “Just” practice 🙂


  • January 2, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Looks like you all had a very merry Christmas!

    was that gift from Leah? (: Oh, I want to watch the Homestead Blessings, but haven’t checked the library for them yet. And I *love* the Joyfully at Home book, it ranked itself all the way up to #1! (: Thank you so much!!!
    See you Sunday.

  • January 8, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Looks like a wonderful Christmas…thanks for sharing! I’ve read a lot of the books in that stack this past year! 🙂


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