on the friday night before christmas, we all got in our pajamas, got hot chocolate, and drove around looking at christmas lights. bennett (who obviously did not have hot chocolate) fell asleep within minutes and joe and i proceeded to critique the straightness of lights hung on the eaves of different houses. *magical, right?* the sunday before christmas we celebrated with the wienke side of the family. we opened gifts, played with the kids, and ate yummy italian food. 6 adults, 3 kids, 2 babies, and 4 dogs makes for quite a busy house, but we had a great time. its not all that often that everyone gets together, so we fully embrace the chaos when we have the chance. on christmas eve, we drove to my parents' house in chanhassen and had chicken and dumpling soup. we put bennett to bed and then watched home alone with my parents. such a classic. ("buzz, your girlfriend. woof." L.O.V.E. it!) christmas morning, bennett had so many presents under the tree! i'm fairly certain, at least if speed of present-into-mouth is any indicator, he loved them all, but he's liked his musical puppy from uncle ryan and auntie jeanie the most.
|cousins! bennett and whitney|
|i love this picture! bennett trying to eat whitney- she looks so scared!|
|me, amanda, and bennett|
i'm thankful, and i'm praying for health, happiness, and a year of growing closer to God this year.