Sunday, December 25, 2016

Christmas Morning!

Christmas!!! Who doesn't just love Christmas?! The kids were SUPER excited, but they were SO nice to let Josh and me sleep in. The older kids took care of the younger ones and only came in a couple of times asking when it was time. Josh and I finally got up around 9:45 and finished up a few things then we were ready to roll! After a family prayer we led the kids in one by one and had them close their eyes. It's always so fun to see the younger ones trying to figure out what's going on. They finally got turn around and see what Santa brought! This year Santa brought the 3 older kids electric scooters, Brielle got an easel with a bunch of accessories, and Britney FINALLY got her own iPad (yes...we are THAT family). After the Santa gifts the kids had fun opening everything else. I love the pics of Brayden freaking out (even though they are a little blurry). In his stocking was a certificate for a 1 hr private basketball lesson with Thurl Bailey! He was SO excited! We relaxed and hung out all morning then headed to church! 

Christmas - Before Pics

I'm not sure why, but we've always separated the kids gifts and put them by their stockings. This year there were too many odd sized things so we decided to put everything under the tree and let Santa have the space by their stockings. It was SO much better to do it this way. Before the kids would tear through their gifts and be done in minutes and it was hard for us to watch all the kids. So this time the kids couldn't open a gift until I handed it to them so it was more fun for us to be a part of the present opening. Anyway...here are the pics from before the chaos!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas Eve

We always go over to the Ericson's for Christmas Eve dinner. It was fun to relax and enjoy being with Josh's family. We've started watching Mormon Messages and other Christmas videos on Youtube as we talk about the real meaning of Christmas. We also had new pjs for the kids to open up before we left. Such a fun evening!


Sunday, December 18, 2016

Final Goodbye

We had dinner with the Ericson's last night for Javier, and tonight we went over to the Bloxham's to enjoy one final night with him. He has been living with the Bloxham's ever since he moved out of our house 2 months ago bc he was working with Mike and they have more space in their house than we do! Dinner was fun and we all enjoyed talking. Afterwards Javier and Mike came back to our house so Josh and Mike could give Javier a blessing. It was really special and the spirit was very strong. We all cried and gave him our final hugs then he headed back to the Bloxham's to finish packing. it's amazing how close you can get to someone in just a few months. 

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Goodbye Javier

Well what started out to be a week turned into 6 months! But it finally came time for Javier to go home. We decided to have a party for him and enjoy one last night before saying goodbye. It was hard to see everyone so sad, but it shows how much we have come to love Javier and develop lasting friendships with him. 

Friday, December 16, 2016

Brewer Family Christmas Party

We had our annual talent show with my extended family. Brayden and I played the piano upside down, then Brooklyn and Brynlee did a little tumbling routine to some Christmas music. My grandma asked my dad and Leslie to play a couple of numbers so I accompanied them! It was a great evening! It's always fun to visit with my cousins and see my grandparents.