Christmas was wonderful we got to see all of Ryan's family and most of mine. Christmas was marked by the usually Christmas pajamas, Christmas story by Paw-paw and Christmas picture on the stairs. The kids got a swing set for the backyard, Star Wars legos and a Police car cozy coupe. My top gifts were my salad spinner, my Pioneer Women Cookbook, and some super soft sock slippers (how boring am I). Ryan got the Glo bible, the game Blockus (a big hit with the entire family) and a cowbell. ( Pictures to come soon)
New Years was very low key. We spent the evening at home playing games and popping firecrackers. This year was great because Kai somehow lost his fear of fireworks, so much so that he even held a roman candle in his hand (and that was even after Ryan shot himself in the foot with one!!)
Our biggest news of the New Year is that Ryan is quitting teaching to become the full time Youth Minister at our church. He has been filling the position part time for about two months and we have all been running around like chickens with our heads cut off!! ( I don't think there is really ever a part time youth minister-- he has worked full time at all three of his jobs- teacher, youth minister, and father/ husband) He officially starts on January 15 and the entire family will take a collective sigh of relief. I am so proud of him for pursuing this profession and I hope that it somehow helps to bring all of my family closer to the church, and most importantly, God.