Thursday, January 3, 2013

Christmas at the Garffs

First off, I promise we intended to send Christmas cards to each and every one of you.  We got the pictures taken about a month before Christmas, but due to a series of delays, the cards didn’t happen this year.  Maybe next year.

Even so, I thought we’d still post some of the pictures on the blog. Imagine this on a cutesy custom card full of holiday clichés and tidbits about our last year.

family 2

And yes, that is our new house in the background.  We live across the street from a soon-to-be park, which currently makes for awesome photos.

family will smile

It’s impossible to get 3 kids to look at the camera and smile all at once.  We gave up after 50 tries. 

But we did manage a decent twins pic:


It doesn't truly capture their personalities like the next picture, but still, I am a fan. I took this with my iphone, but still, I LOVE it.  These are the babies I love.


We had a great Christmas at our new house.  I made an advent calendar that had a different activity for every day.

Like pick out a tree

tree shopping

Making play-dough snow


Delivering treats to the neighbors.


And playing in the snow.

snoman monster

We got some darling outfits from a neighbor of Steven’s parents…she had twins and thought for sure of of her kids would have a set, but no such luck.  So she gave them to us.

Twin Christmas outfits

Christmas Eve, we went to the annual Kemp family Christmas party where I got to experience what life would be like with triplets (it doesn’t seem appealing.  I think 2 is my limit).


Christmas morning was perfect.

Christmas morning

Even the twins got in on the fun.

twin presents

Lily tried on Liam’s first Christmas onesie.  Newborn size is a little tight.

first christmas onesie

Everybody got just what they wanted/needed/hoped for.

All the kids got new Disney jammies.

Caleb loot

Caleb got binkies, a sippy, baby snacks, a cuddly blanket, a couple of books, and a Disney train (picked out by William, surprise, surprise).

Lily Loot

Lily got binkies, a sippy, baby snacks, a cuddly blanket, some books (including Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse!). Do I sound repetitive yet? And a Disney Princess push car picked out by her oldest brother.

The twins got some links to share.


Nike got some treats, a rawhide, and a goose.

Nike Loot

Steve got a book, some treats, a swiss army tool keychain, and The Dark Night Rises.  , Steve Loot

He also got a new electric guitar (not pictured because he wanted to pick it out and by the time we ordered it on Christmas Eve, it didn’t arrive until yesterday.

My loot

I got a Silhouette Cameo (Yay!!!), the new Ken Jennings book about parental myths (like if gum actually stays in your digestive system for 7 years and if chicken pox parties are a good idea…neither are true, btw), and some chocolate.

We also got some toys and cds for the kids from my parents, and several sets of nice tools (for us and our never-ending house projects).

I’d post a picture of William’s presents, but he wouldn’t stay still long enough for a picture.  He got a kitchen to share, Buzz and Woody toys, some books, and some treats.  If you look closely, you can see him playing in the background of some of the earlier pix.


Buzz and Woody sleep in his bed, and the kitchen was a HUGE hit.


After, we went to Grandma and Papa Bill’s house for breakfast.


And still more presents.



We had some friends from Rancho, the Twetens, stay over a night after Christmas and we took the opportunity to go sledding.


liam sled

We took turns being at home with the twins since they were napping.sleddingtweten kids

And now, Christmas is over, we’ve (almost) put all the decorations away, and Steve is back to work (unfortunately, though I am grateful he has a job; but I did miss having help and being able to run errands!).

A new year is upon us. I’m thinking it’s going to be fantastic.

Especially since Silly Billy is now constantly singing Jingle Bells. Better late than never, right?

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