Finally, I’m getting pictures up from our Christmas celebrations.  It all started Christmas eve when Santa came while we were out looking at Christmas lights…for the 4th Christmas in a row!!!!  Imagine that!

It’s a little blurry, but here is a pic of Andrew when he saw the gifts under the tree…

Santa Came!!

Santa Came!!

Here is a picture of our tree with the presents underneath…

Tree

Tree

Andrew unfortunately had to wait until our appetizer supper was done before he could start ripping in to the presents.  Even when we let him start opening them up, we made him go slow while we were eating our supper.  Here is a pic of him opening presents…

Yeah!

Yeah!

Christmas morning was a quiet affair since all the presents had been opened.  Andrew slept in a bit before getting up to play with all his new presents.  His favorites so far have been a Wii game…Animal Crossing/City Folk, and a new Leapster with a Sponge Bob game.

Playing Leapster

Playing Leapster

Note the new pajamas…he got a pair of Sponge Bob jammies (the ones he is wearing) and a pair of Super Mario Bros jammies.  He said “Sweet” when he opened them…I think that is good!!

The morning of the 26th (after shoveling out from under more snow!), we traveled to Durand for Christmas with my family.  We started off a little later than we had planned because once we got onto the highway, we noticed our bug deflector bouncing around and stop to see that the plastic holding 2 of the screws on was broke.  We decided it would be quicker to head up to Saturn to have them take it off since it didn’t look all that safe bouncing around and we didn’t want it flying off while driving down the highway.

We arrived in Durand in time for lunch though.  Andrew had fun playing BINGO with Kyra and Grandma while Emma and Kaylee napped…

Playing BINGO

Playing BINGO

After naptime it was time to open presents.  I unfortunately didn’t get any pictures of Andrew opening up his presents…hopefully Mom took some for me 🙂

We had an appetizer supper Friday night, then I played cards with Grandma/Grandpa/Mom/Dad/Craig while drinking brandy slushes.  It was a fun night…and out of character for him, Andrew went to bed early!!!  (We would later find out he was coming down with strep, fun times!!)

Saturday morning, Kristen and Mom made an egg bake and baked french toast for breakfast then Andrew, Al and I piled in the car again for yet another Christmas!  This time with the Bethke family.  We had a nice lunch of KFC with everyone before opening even more presents.

Christmas tree

Christmas tree

Opening more presents

Opening more presents

I had made both Mari and Joan quilted tote bags for Christmas…

Maris bag

Mari's bag

Joans bag

Joan's bag

Andrew just wasn’t feeling himself all weekend, so Monday I took him to the Walk In Clinic.  They did a quick strep culture because they had been seeing a lot of strep throat, but that came back negative.  I was told to give him Ibuprofen to keep him comfortable, and it was probably a virus and would need to run it’s course.  Well, this morning as I was getting ready to leave for work the clinic called wtih the results of the full culture, he has strep!  So, I had them call the prescription for Ammoxicillan in to the pharmacy in the clinic I work at and Andrew is now on his first ever course of antibiotics.  I feel lucky that we made it 6 1/2 years before an illness like this, but wish it wouldn’t have came while he was on Christmas break.  Hopefully by tomorrow he will be feeling better and can get out playing in all the new snow we have (7 inches yesterday, more coming tomorrow…we broke a record for snowfall in any month in history this month…lucky us!).

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

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