The Long Awaited Christmas Post!

Well.  After nearly 4 days of trying to figure out how I was going to get my camera back from Brock’s parents house, I found it in the diaper bag.  Epic fail.  Better late than never, right?  [Warning: this post is picture heavy.]

I want to start out by sharing a Christmas tradition Brock and I decided to start for our family.  We want to continue this as our children grow, and have it be something they look forward to every year just as much as they do Santa.


We bought one of the Lego City sets that has over two thousand pieces.  Our plan is to always build them together as a family on Christmas Eve.  We started it this year, and it was a rousing success.  After we put the little ones to bed, we broke out the instruction booklets.  They were more like novels.  There were three tiers to the “Corner Cafe” and six of us to built it.  It took us nearly four hours.  I would love to say that I took pictures of the whole process, but I honestly forgot to take any pictures until the very end.  Everyone had so much fun, and thought it was a great idea for a new tradition.

The ground level.

Bottom two floors.

The final structure!

Allender Christmas Tradition!

Christmas morning, Brock, Ronan and I were the first ones up.  We made breakfast, and waited for everyone else to get up.  Ed was next, then Thomas.  Ted and Jane woke up, and we all ate in the kitchen while we waited on Brady.  Brady is a NOTORIOUSLY late sleeper, and nearly impossible to wake up.  Brock finally took Ed and Ronan downstairs to try to wake him up… and he came upstairs immediately, upset that we hadn’t woken him up when everyone else got up.  Sorry Brady. 🙁

On to the presents!  Jane handed out all of the gifts.  Ed got RIGHT into it, he had no problem figuring out the point of presents, nor how fun they were to tear into.  Ronan ripped open his first package, and was content to play with the paper from that for the rest of the morning.  It was so much fun watching the kids get excited.  Ronan and Ed got pretty excited too.

My best gift?  The complete set of Sex and the City.  (Home Run, Jane!)

Brock’s best gift?  Ahahaha, his new PC.  Or his new TV.  But he also got a Keurig one cup coffee maker, which rocks.

Ronan’s best gift?  Over all, probably the ball pit.  But on Christmas day, the drum was a big hit.

Ed’s best gift?  Check this out.

Hope everyone had a wonderful, happy, fun-filled Merry Christmas!

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  • Sex & the City is my all time favorite!! Good luck getting anything else accomplished. 🙂

    PS: I may have to copy the Lego idea, what cute pics.