I would like to apologize. Patrick has discovered the joy of iMessage and is a texting fool. As soon as he sees someone he knows, he pulls out his iPod and asks for their contact info to add them to his contacts. His screen constantly has notifications (and so will yours now!) It’s hilarious to watch…unless you’re in the group chat he’s sending emoticons to…
Another great year in the books. We started our celebration on Christmas Eve with Shannon’s side of the family.
We had a wonderful dinner and decided try to get a group shot.
Attempt #1: The only way to get Dale to fit in was to use the top of his head.
Attempt #2: Didn’t get Tori and Mac.
Attempt #3: It’s a blurry winner!
Once family left, the boys were ready for their Christmas Eve present. We had a great time of opening a present, listening to the Polar Express and then watching It’s a Wonderful Life as a family. PERFECT!
Christmas Eve presents
Just can’t wait…
Then Christmas morning arrived! Patrick read us the Christmas story,
and then we got started.
Patrick was just a little excited that he had one of the biggest presents under the tree.
“This one’s mine!”
Then it was off to Grandma Neukomm’s for more food and presents. Not too shabby of a weekend for our family. 🙂
We did it! We baked our Christmas cookies last night. It was fun and I only had one two meltdowns when Patrick spilled red icing all down the counter to the floor and they got a little silly. Luckily, Mac saw me about to lose it and rushed in and cleaned it up. Actually, they both did and by the time I got there, there wasn’t much for me to do. Other than that, we had a great time. They were HUGE helps in the kitchen this year! I mean huge. They did their own rolling, cutting and decorating. Mac helped me with my peanut butter cookies including prepping them for the sheet, putting them in the oven, taking them out for the Hershey kisses, and moving them from cooling rack to cooling rack to make room for more. And Patrick helped pick up and put them all away in containers for me. I was amazed! Quite a successful night.
It says Doodle!
After decorating for awhile, Patrick looked up and said, “I’ve done 7 and you’ve only done 3!” Yes, my Patrick. That is yet another picture of you two. You work like a tornado. Your brother is meticulous and detail oriented.
Mac plays the the trumpet. When he started playing guitar, he had to practice at home a lot. His lessons were only a half hour on the weekends, but he had to work all through the week at home. Because of that, I got to hear him progress. With band, he does most of his practicing at school. I mean, they have band every other day. That’s a lot of playing in a week, so he doesn’t practice a lot at home. So with the band concert quickly approaching and I hadn’t heard him play much at home, I started to get a little nervous that it wasn’t going to go well! Then he started practicing more at home to get ready and I was pleasantly surprised! He can play the trumpet! 🙂
Dressed and ready to go! SOOO handsome!
Matthew’s band played after Mac.
Enjoying Matthew’s concert.
I was also pleased at the concert that they could play songs as a band! The song I selected to share shows his enjoyment. Here he is enjoying the music while he plays. 🙂