Thursday, December 27, 2012


Peace on earth, goodwill to men!  Merry Christmas!


Imagine our surprise, when Dad and Mom opened up a Blue Ray player with Netflix.  Why?  Because we bought them an Apple TV, which also plays Netflix and everything.  It was definitely a surprise.

Mom got a new clock

Dad got his first gun - a bee bee gun 

Sam was so adorable opening her gift!

Sam and 2 cookies (yeah, her mom was NOT happy!)  So much fun to be an Aunt and say, "Yes, you can have a cookie!"

Kate loves her baby cousin!

Jordan also received a trumpet.  It was the cutest thing ever and I can't believe that I did NOT get a picture of this fun new toy.  He brings it to every one of Christian's games and plays with the band!!!

Christmas morning was fun.  We were able to be very casual and visit for quite awhile.  So nice not to have to run a mile on Christmas!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012


Christmas morning came right on schedule.  We were so lucky and blessed by this wonderful year.  It was a GREAT Christmas!

What our tree looked like on Christmas morning

Faith getting her first peek at her presents - she is holding up an ornament

Brandon also had great items in his stocking.  He is TOTALLY impressed with his shirt!  Again, honey, I didn't buy it!  The shirt came from Santa (wink, wink)!

Before opening presents, we got a BIG smile from our princess

Kate was spoiled by her gift from the big man - a Monster High Doll

Dawson still trying to wake up

He was most surprised by Angry Bird band-aids in his stocking.  Great reaction though Big D!

From Santa Bey Blade DS game

And cute antlers!

Faith also got a DS game from Santa

Taking a self portrait

Big smiles and big hugs

Gift of need - socks

Gift of love - blog book 2008-2009.  It was SO sweet because in the middle of opening presents, all of my children took about 10 minutes and just started reading and smiling.

(A couple weeks later, I found Dawson with his light turned on in his bedroom.  Dawson was giggling and I asked in a somewhat stern voice what he was doing.  He said that he only had a couple more pages left to read in his book.  Could he keep reading?  Imagine my surprise, when I looked up in his room and saw him reading our blog book!!!)

Mom's books from the kiddos and Dad

From Sister Thomas (Kate's primary teacher)

Next, we opened the gifts from the kids to the kids.

Dawson received a beautiful, warm fuzzy jacket from the girls.  It was love at first sight.

Kate receive 2 cute shirts from Dawson and Faith.

Faith received a shirt and a hoodie vest from Kate and Dawson.
They were all SO happy.

Books from the Jolley cousins

This book has been SO much fun.  We probably should have had them buy 3 of these!!!

Gift of want
Boots for Faith

Magformers for Dawson

Hermoine wand for Kate

Dad got silverwear (kind of another joke) and shirt

And his gift of love from me!

Merry Christmas to all!!!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012


Each year, I look forward to celebrating Christmas with the Jensens. Most of our 'celebrating' is done on Christmas Eve.  We eat a prime rib dinner (I bring the rainbow jellow).  We visit and enjoy spending time together.  Then we sing the fun songs of Christmas, ending with "Willy Claus."  And finally, we tell the story of Jesus' birth complete hymns that celebrate his birth.

This year, I really wanted to get pictures in front of the Christmas tree.  Not everyone cooperated.  The others said they would do it on Christmas, but I was never able to get them in front of the tree.  But here are some FUN pictures.





Our beautiful kiddos

Trying over and over to get Jordan and Christian

Mom and Dad

Grandma and Grandpa with the Jolley kids

Brandon and Zoey

Tracy and Christian


The nativity that all the kids love!!!  Especially baby Jesus

Baby Sam and Kate

Opening our Christmas Eve gifts after our traditional program.



We forgot her jammies, but made it with her beautiful monkey slippers!!!


Sleep tight!  Santa is going to come visit tonight!!!