Just in case you don't know, I've become quite good at cutting boys' hair with clippers. I guess that comes with practicing on my four sons. I don't cut the older boys' hair, but AJ still gets a basic clipper cut (5 on the top, 2 on the sides). His sideburns were growing out of control, so I cut his hair today.
Here is a before picture. And he's actually smiling a real, genuine smile!
And an after picture. Not such a genuine smile in this one. He says I take too many pictures. Someday he will appreciate them, right?
Ever since David's first year at BYU, he's been raving about Buffalo Wild Wings. He wanted us to go, because he was sure we'd love it as much as he does. So, over Christmas break, we finally took the plunge.
It was pretty good (even though I don't eat wings), and everyone enjoyed their meals.
I'm a little behind in my blogging. Sorry about that. I will catch up... eventually.
We had a lovely Christmas last year. Small, but nice. We try to keep Christmas focused on Jesus Christ rather than on the gift giving, so we try not to go overboard with presents. We have consciously chosen to keep Christmas on the small side, but we also remember all of the excitement that Christmas presents bring to children of all ages. We try to take a nice middle of the road approach, and it works well most years.
Yet, as our kids get older, they notice that we choose to make Christmas "less grand" than some of their friends, Michael especially. I asked him how he feels about it, and he says he's fine with it. He recognizes that his friends receive more gifts and fancier gifts, but he's generally happy with what he receives. I hope so.
We feel this will give our kids a little bit of that Christmas "magic" without giving them unrealistic expectations or overdoing the gifts, so that they no longer value them. I guess time will tell, won't it?
Well, without further ado, here are some pictures from our Christmas 2013 celebration. Some are a bit blurry. Sorry!