I wasn't finished with my Christmas post so here is the conclusion.
After opening gifts on Christmas morning we went to Dave's parents for the Steffensen family Christmas. The most exciting news of the day was finding out about another new addition to the family. When Dave and I had Allie we thought all his sisters were done having kids, and now 3 of the 4 have surprised us. We and our children thank them:) I am hoping this baby is a girl who loves make-up, dolls, and ballet:) (But more than likely if it's a girl, she'll love all things baseball, basketball, and football).
Every year Grandma Marbles has an ornament made special for each of the grandkids. I really loved them this year. I think they were so special because Allie and Detmer got to spend a lot of time with Grandma this year and she was able capture them so well. Allie's ornament was a little statue of her holding one of Grandma's real antique marbles. The ornament comes with a letter, so of course the letter talked about how Allie came up with the name "Grandma Marbles" this year and the same marbles her daddy used to love playing with Allie now loves to play with.
Detmer's was a statue of him in a BYU shirt throwing rocks. Detmer loves throwing all things but one of his favorite activities of this year was throwing rocks into the river at the cabin. He could do that for hours. It was so fun remembering that time and I'm excited to take him again this summer and see how he acts.
Kendall's ornament was of Mary and Baby Jesus. I loved this one! As I've mentioned, I was extremely baby hungry before we were pregnant with Kendall, but we were trying to talk ourselves into waiting for a spring/summer baby. However, I have always wanted a Christmas baby, and my longing for her won out over the weather. All through the pregnancy I thought of what an awesome blessing it would be to have a baby of my own when the world is celebrating the birth of Jesus. I had a particular fondness this year for songs like Silent Night and O Holy Night, and every song about Baby Jesus. We still had a busy Christmas season, but I always looked forward to coming home at night and having a special time with just Dave, Kendall, and I. She is an amazing gift to us and I'm so grateful she was here to spend the Christmas season with us. We will always remember the amazing experience of this Christmas season.
It will be exciting to see what 2009 brings. The only down part is that I have to send Dave back to work :( It has been so much fun having him home most of the month. We wish all of our friends and family a happy New Year!!!