the Christmas posts: eve & day

Christmas eve was lovely. we had a yummy meal and then read the Christmas story while we all acted it out. i didn't get any pictures because i was busy being a shepherd to my sheep baby and brian was busy being a wiseman. but it was so wonderful!

when brian was younger, he & his siblings would always open the presents from grandma finken on Christmas eve. so this Christmas, the grand babies all opened their presents from grandma thomson on Christmas eve, to carry on the tradition.

ollie loves his new cars & race track.
(and those dino pj's were his "Christmas pj's. in my family, if we were getting new pajamas, we always opened them on Christmas eve.)

we were sure that joviah would be the first one awake on Christmas eve, but when ollie woke up at about 7:30, we found uncle daniel upstairs. the four of us waited for everyone else to wake up.

ollie looked a little concerned while opening his first stocking. but there was an awesome duck hand puppet inside & some fish bath toys. fun!

i decided to introduce brians family to one of my henrie family Christmas traditions. on Christmas morning, we also eat yuletide log. it is a cheese, bacon, onion mixture melted onto homemade dinner buns. so yeah, it's the most delicious thing ever. i mean that. ollie got his first taste of yuletide log this Christmas, too!

it was so fun to be with the butchikes for Christmas. besides being a little run down with sickness, joviah & tadeo were so excited & happy and baby marcus is almost edible. he is so cute & chubby. we love them all.

i love these pictures of tadeo opening up his favourite movie, despicable me. he was pretty pumped!

joviah got a pair of ruby slippers from grandma, along with tickets for all the girls to see the wizard of oz at globe theatre! i love the globe theatre in regina, and was so happy to see a play while we were there. it was wonderful!

brian was really happy with his gifts, too!

he loves lego. a lot.
brians favourite book when he was little was "the three robbers." his parents were so thoughtful and bought a copy for us so that brian could read it to ollie & all our future babies.

ollie with his ollie book!
ollie with his new drum & balls from uncle daniel.
the aftermath! whoa.
Merry Christmas from ollie & marcus. these two are more than 7 months apart, but only a few pounds separates them!
always climbing the stairs.
look at how cute ollie was in his Christmas sweater...

"no, daddy! don't kiss me!"
all the grandbabies that were there, including cassies belly. she's due in june!
Christmas day was so wonderful. we ate lots of food & chocolate and lazed around most of the day. perfect day, right?


  1. Bravo! Bravo! Love it all. And I love Cassie's baby tummy joining the grandchildren photo - so appropriate. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Great catch up posts,, I need to email you some of the adorable pics of Ollie that were on my camera and on moms.