Since this Christmas was on a Monday, we moved our annual Cracker Barrel breakfast to Saturday morning since we would be attending church on Christmas Eve morning. It was great having Nathalia and Viola both join us this year. We chose a couple and a family of three to play silent Santa and purchase their breakfast! That is so fun! It always seems like God points to just the right people to secretly buy their breakfast every year!
On Christmas Eve morning we went to the worship service at church. Then we had a relaxing afternoon finishing up with Christmas gifts and wrapping. Nathalia and Viola made gifts for each other so it was exciting and fun to watch their projects come to life. However, they kept several as surprises until for us until Christmas Day. On Christmas Eve, we all went to the Christmas Eve Candlelight service at church. Then, we came home and had pot roast and cheesecake for dinner.
Nathalia and Viola gave their gifts to the kids before bedtime.
Beth did a great job of decorating the playroom for the kids to all sleep together! They all snuggled on the floor with their sleeping bags and it was so cozy!
Christmas morning was very special! N and V had the kids make us a beautiful clay-like model of their three hands together, Dow received his Auburn diploma framed (first time he had seen his diploma) and Beth got M-CAT books! Plus, Hope got her very longed for bow and arrow!
Then it was time for breakfast casserole and gluten free Happy Birthday Jesus Cake! Andy read the Christmas story and it was a good morning! We had a good day and then left for the lake in the afternoon. We enjoyed a good visit with everyone and the kids gave homemade gifts to Gigi, Mimi and Pawpaw! We had fun with Steve and Stevie's matching ugly Christmas sweaters! It was also fun having both N and V with us.
Two days after Christmas, Andy and I took Beth and Dow to the beach for a few days. It was great to spend time with them although the weather was rainy and cold. I enjoyed shopping at the outlet mall and we also spent time playing cards and reading.
|Our annual Christmas breakfast at Cracker Barrel!|
|The Night Before Christmas!|
|Kids waiting at the top of the stairs on Christmas morning!|
|Lena with Nathalia and Viola and their gift to her!|
|Hope with Viola and Nathalia and the wolf blanket they gave to her!|
|Will with his new Avenger sheets from Viola and Nathalia!|
|The house is all ready for Christmas morning!|
|Will go a really awesome Avenger Lego set!|
|Hope asked for a bow!|
|Lena with another new doll!|
|Dow's first time to see his Auburn diploma and it is even framed!|
|Beth with a surprise gift!|
|Viola and Nathalia exchange gifts!|
|An incredible gift of Hope's, Will's, and Lena's hands!|
|Nathalia, Viola, and Beth at the lake on Christmas night!|
|Christmas dinner at the lake!|
|The Birchfield Fam|
|The kids make special fingerprint plates as gifts!|
|Tony and Carole gave Viola and Nathalia Niffer's t-shirts!|
|Steve & Stevie!|
|Andy, Tanya and Andy at Sandestin!|