Our First Christmas, and a Goodbye

This afternoon we had our first “Christmas” with Grandpa Smith. We all went to Advent 4 church service, then we came home, had a little lunch, and exchanged a few gifts. Elias was happy during Sunday school because he got to make Jesse Tree ornaments with the big kids. He also enjoyed the singing, and kept saying “another song” even though he still refused to sing himself.

When it was time to exchange gifts, it was like riding a bike. Elias had no trouble getting into his packages from Grandpa Smith.

“A book!” Elias said after unwrapping his first one. He briefly looked at the first couple of pages, but then decided that he would have plenty of time for that later. He went to open more packages.

Elias received a dinosaur book, The Cat in the Hat (can you believe we didn’t have it? What kind of mother am I? Luckily we have Grandpa Smith!), a DVD, and a special “leaptop.” Here he is thinking…”get it out faster daddy!”

Then it was time for Daddy to open one. He got a Bob Dylan album.

Elias was excited to help Grandpa Smith open an ornament he had painted especially for him.

Then the funniest moment of the afternoon….Nathan and his Dad got each other the same gift! The “Baseball” DVD set by Ken Burns. It was a good thing too…I think Nathan had some jealousy in his heart knowing his Dad was getting it. 🙂 Like father, like son.

When we were finished, Elias was focused on his leaptop until we forced him to put it away and go take a nap.

Unfortunately, our time with Grandpa Smith was at an end. He left this evening for Spokane to spend the next week or so with Nathan’s sister and her family. We will miss him!

Tonight was also the Festival of Lessons and Carols at our church. Nathan and I performed in the bell choir. The service is always a very good one!

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