We had a fun and relaxing week in Illinois. It was so nice to spend time with Nathan's family and visit with friends, and the boys really enjoyed the week with grandpa and grandpa. It was Ben's first Christmas, and last year we got a similar picture of Caleb for his first Christmas under the Christmas tree. This year instead of looking up at the tree from the ground, Caleb had lots of fun taking ornaments on and off of the tree.
Early in the week, we visited Carlyle Lake, the largest manmade lake in IL. It was a nice day to go for a walk, and for Caleb to play on the playground.
Caleb quickly got reacquainted with Grandpa's truck, and he had fun playing in it throughout the week.
On Christmas Eve day, we took Grandma Rose, and met Carol, Mary, Kara, Hunter, and Keegan for lunch. Grandma Rose is 92 and she has 14 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild,which is pretty remarkable!
Before Christmas Eve service, Caleb had some work to do.
He was a great helper in the kitchen all week too.
The Christmas Eve service at their church was beautiful. We worshiped that evening singing Christmas hymns and listening to the story of Jesus's birth. I am thankful for why we celebrate Christmas, and for God's wonderful grace.
Last year we started a tradition to get new PJs on Christmas Eve. I will spare our family's embarrassment with the picture this year, but here is the best part of the PJs.
Ben slept through the entire morning...maybe next year, big guy:).
Elizabeth had a great idea to make this tree of the grandson's hands for grandpa and grandma. All I had to do was trace the boys hands, and she did the rest. It turned out great, and it is proudly hanging on display in their home.
Connie came over one day on her lunch break to snuggle with Ben. He was smiling and talking up a storm when she was holding him.
Marissa, who were meeting other friends for breakfast. They are expecting a baby boy in a few weeks, and we couldn't be more excited for their new addition. We will be seeing them this weekend for a baby shower in Philly.
Pictures of the IU athletics teams are hanging inside Assembly Hall. Nathan ran track and cross country for IU from 1999 - 2004. He is a piece of IU history, and I loved seeing his team pictures. It will be fun to bring the boys back when they are older and understand the significance of their dad's accomplishment all those years. In this picture, he is in the front row, 3rd from the left.
That was our week! The boys were great travelers on the way back, and it is always good to get home.