Tara took Aria and Zade to go see the Nutcracker at the Hult Center. Sarah, who sometimes babysits the kids, was performing in it, so it was fun for the kids to see her perform.
Derek and Nicole invited my parents, Kari's family, and my family over for Christmas Eve. (Annette's family is out in Florida). Nicole set up a spectacular gingerbread house building station for the kids, and they went to town.
After that Nicole read from Luke Ch. 2 about the birth of Christ, and the little kids exchanged presents, and Grandma and Grandpa gave the kids presents too.
That night we came home and re-enacted the Nativity, which is a tradition in Tara's family.
Aria and Nova woke up early in the 6am hour, and Zade was up by 7am to dig into Christmas. Unfortunately, little Ryzen has the flu, so he did his best to enjoy the day.
I asked the kids to grab the present they were most excited about for this photo. Aria got an Ever After High doll, and a figurine of a fairy riding a unicorn, Zade got a Lego Millennium Falcon (from Star Wars), and Ryzen got a remote controlled race car.
Ryzen and Nova also got a little ball pit, which they both enjoy.
Nova was especially excited to receive her own baby doll, which she quickly began taking care of, by giving it a bottle and binky.