The rule at our house is that the kids aren’t allowed to wake us up until 6 o’clock. LiLo were prompt and we were up at 6! Ryan slept until about 6:30, so we let them open their stockings and then waited for him to open the rest of the presents. It was a morning full of surprises. Santa outdid himself this year and brought the kids some great gifts. Lindsay got a basketball hoop, Logan a bike ramp and Ryan a Cozy Coupe. They each loved their gift! I love watching my kids open their gifts. Christmas morning is so magical and it shows in their eyes. Even little Ryan knew something was special about that morning. Even though it took him a couple of hours to open all of his, he enjoyed playing with all of his new toys. We loved having Laura here with us, and we were glad we could be together.





Waiting patiently…






Lindsay was SO happy. She had asked Santa for the Brave movie, but then changed her mind and asked him for the Secret of the Wings movie and he brought her BOTH of them!

Jeffy opening his gift from me, an autographed picture of Cal Ripken, Jr.


Ryan’s little t-ball set.

Logan got a 3DS!

Lane and Kelly got Ryan a stuffed Shawn the Sheep and he LOVES him!

Loves for Shawn.


So true.




Ryan saying thank you to Wa-Wa for the Aqua Doodle. So cute!


Logan putting his Samurai Gigazord together from Ryan.





After the presents were opened, we had a yummy breakfast, which was cooked on Jeffy’s new George grill. Yummy eggs, bacon and hash browns. And of course Sunny D. We spent the day putting things together (the kids got lots of Legos) and sleeping. We went to Grandma and Grandpa Madsen’s house in the evening and had another yummy ham dinner and enjoyed time with them and Spencer and Leanne. The kids played and put some more Legos together, and the grownups played Wackee Six, a super fun game.

It was a wonderful day spent with family. I’m so grateful for my savior, Jesus Christ, who loves me.