"If you are still in the process of raising children, be aware that the tiny fingerprints that show up on almost every newly cleaned surface, the toys scattered about the house, the piles and piles of laundry to be tackled will disappear all too soon and that you will—to your surprise—miss them profoundly."
-Pres. Thomas S. Monson

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Happy Ho-Ho-Holidays!

The Kaiserman brood all waited for Santa to arrive at Carolyn's annual Christmas Eve party.
 Below you will find the best Christmas moment ever!  Annie jumped out of her seat and gave Santa the biggest hug when he called her name.  It was followed by a Christmas fail.  Annie received a football from Santa.  She was barely able to hold in the tears.  You see, Santa had noticed that for weeks at school she had been playing football at recess.  Annie was always searching for a football around the house, so Santa thought this would be just the thing for her.  Well, Santa didn't know about Max.  Max had recently told Annie that she couldn't play football anymore and she had to be a cheerleader.  Max.  That kid ruined Christmas.

 We opened presents on Christmas morning with the Nicoll crew at Grandma Kaiserman's house.  There were 14 of us.... and way too many presents to not feel ashamed.
 This was as good as it was going to get.  Either Paige was looking away, or Dallas was.  Tsk, tsk.  There are plenty of other pictures of Paige, but not as many of that handsome husband of mine.
 Teagan, as you can see, was unimpressed with Christmas morning.
 Seth and his Christmas socks.
 Dallas gave Will his first pocketknife for Christmas!  He's a scout now, so he needed the proper tools.  Will was excited!  And promptly cut his finger open less than an hour after this picture was taken.
 My favorite part of my Christmas presents- this tag.
 Abby gave Annie this book and wrote the sweetest note saying she hoped that every time she read it that she would think of Abby.  I couldn't even read it because I immediately started to cry.  Annie has a soft heart just like her mama.

 I fulfilled all of my childhood wishes and surprised Annie with an American Girl Doll.  Oh, how I loved to see her face when she opened it!

Will and Annie got matching electric scooters from Santa!  Amazing that we have had the warmest weather for all of December, but Christmas day we are buried in snow.  They will love them in the spring though!

 It has been a long time since we have been able to look forward to a missionary phone call.  This was my favorite part of Christmas day as well all gathered around the speaker phone and talked to Abby for 30 minutes.  She has been mistaken for a Brazilian because of her olive skin and soccer skills, and the language is coming well!

 We topped the day off with a visit to Grammy and Grandpa's!  Sam was sick, but everyone else was able to be there.  It's wild with all of those grandkids running around these days!  I sure love that crazy bunch of Wilson's.

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