Merry Christmas everybody! We're excited about Trace's 4th and Fisher's 1st Christmas this weekend. Trace has been asking for a blue skateboard for a few weeks now, and Fisher hasn't really asked for anything :) so he'll be surprised with whatever the big guy brings him.
This will be our first Christmas staying home, so we're excited about that too. While we enjoy going to Grand Isle and spending the holiday with the family, with the kids, it has gotten more and more difficult to pack up the house and go out of town for Christmas. We can't wait for the boys to wake up at home Christmas morning to see what Santa brought and to be able to hang out at the house all day and play with their new toys.
Enjoy the holidays and we hope everyone has a merry Christmas and a happy New Year!
Here are a few pictures of the Ballards getting ready for Christmas:
A few weeks ago, we beat the rush and went to the mall for the boys to sit on Santa. It went great, there was no fussing and no wait.
Trace drawing Santa a picture of what he wants:
Mailing his Christmas list:
Checking to see if he's been naughty or nice:
Explaining to Santa exactly what he wants:
Trace and Fisher with the big guy:
Counting down to Christmas:
Opening one of his Advent calendar gifts:
Topping the tree:
Making a Gingerbread house:
Each year for Christmas, our church participates in Advent Conspiracy, which reminds people to worship fully, spend less, give more and love all. One of the ways we gave back was for all the little ones at church to help make cookies to bring to a local fire station. Last weekend, we visited the fire station and delivered the goodies. The fire fighters got some sweet treats and the kids got to play fire fighter for the day: