Friday, December 26, 2014

Day Before Christmas

I was going to call this post "Christmas Eve," but it really was all day. We started out with Kayla and Kaleb making the birthday cake for Jesus.

It was a two color velvet cake.

Jasmine helped get the pulled pork started and in the oven. It had to cook for six hours. We did the Dr. Pepper pulled pork. It's really good. We changed some stuff from the original recipe.

I frosted the cake, and Jasmine decorated it.

The stockings were filled and ready. In previous years, we opened stocking gifts on Christmas eve as well as the gifts the kids purchased for siblings and parents. But this year we did it differently. It was still the stockings and the gifts the kids purchased (the youngest three didn't buy any this year). But we also gave Jessica and Hunter their gifts and Adam his gift so they could have Christmas free to begin their own traditions or fulfill other obligations. Deja joined us too.

Our Christmas eve service was at 5:00. Everyone went except Hunter.

Jessica brought brownies and a cracker tray. Adam brought lemon bars he made himself, but he didn't show up until later because he hadn't wrapped his presents. We ran in to him in Walmart after the Christmas eve service. Jessica and I went so I could get a salad to go with the pulled pork and she could get a gift bag. Adam was there buying wrapping paper. He went back to his apartment to wrap gifts with Deja, so we put on "Frozen" for the kids  when we got home knowing it would be a while until Adam and Deja arrived.

I got Adam a leather jacket from Guess and got Deja a mini cupcake maker.

Jessica had wanted to get both a Shark and this vacuum cleaner at the Black Friday sale but didn't have enough money, so she bought the shark and I bought them the vacuum cleaner. She also got a mini waffle maker that makes waffles sticks.

Birthday cake for Jesus.


The older kids left to get things ready for their Christmas Day celebrations, and the kids still with us watched half of "How to Train Your Dragon 2" that Tyler bought them.

Lots of changes this year with Jessica and Adam both out of the house, and we're creating new traditions. But it all went pretty smoothly.

No comments: