Ben’s 1st Christmas

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The Saturday before we flew out to Arkansas, Jake and I had a marvelous time opening presents with Ben…just our little family (Dakota too)!  It was such a wonderful day!  We turned on the Christmas music and started the morning with a delicious breakfast, followed by a reading of the Christmas story, and then we opened gifts.  Jake read from a little board book called, “The Story of Christmas.”  It starts out, “Do you know why we give gifts at Christmas?  We give presents because it is Jesus’ birthday.”  It was a really cute book and a fun way to try and explain the Christmas story to Ben.  We had all kinds of fun watching (and helping) Ben open his presents.  I think the new experience was not only very exciting but extremely exhausting…he took a long two and a half hour nap when we finished!  Click here to see him shoot a hoop in his new basketball goal!

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On Monday, Dec. 21st, we jetted off to Arkansas for seven merry days!!  We stopped to grab lunch after we landed and Ben was quick to initiate Omi to his new eating practices by knocking his food bowl out of Jake’s hands and splashing it all over her.  Sorry, Omi.  Thanks for being such a good sport and for picking us up at the airport!!

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Here’s the rest of our trip in a chestnut shell:

We opened presents at my mom’s house on Christmas Eve.  The first pic is of Ben with some of his cousins…Landon, Kayla, Laci and Khloee.  Ben was completely exhausted by the time we finished dinner and began to open presents, so he went to bed and got to open his presents the next day! 

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On Christmas Day we left Baby Laci and Ben at home with their grandparents and we went to see Marley and Me.  The theater was packed out, but we managed to find a row of seats together (about five rows back from the screen).  We enjoyed a great movie with lots of yummy popcorn!

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The next day we drove to Dickson Street for a juicy burger from Grub’s.  It was sooo good!!  Ben decided he would entertain us by playing peek-a-boo under his blanket (one of his favorite things to do these days).  Afterwards we headed over to a very windy University of Arkansas campus.  We toured around Old Main and found Jake’s name carved on Senior Walk (look closely…Ben has his hands on it)!!

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That evening we celebrated Jill’s 34th birthday!  Happy Birthday, Jill!  You are such a wonderful sister!!  We had a blast celebrating with you and love you lots!!!

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Since my dad and Linda’s house is still under construction, we opened gifts with them at Tim and Candice’s house.  For lunch we opted for a Mexican fiesta theme instead of a traditional ham and/or turkey meal.  We had quite the spread of burritos, enchiladas, refried beans, queso and salsa!  Muy bueno!  As you can see, Ben LOVED the Christmas tree.  We couldn’t take our eyes off of him for an instant or I’m pretty sure he would have tried to pull it down on top of him.

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To end the week we traveled down to Greenwood on Saturday evening for a very special event at my dad’s church…Ben’s dedication.  My dad performed the dedication and it was wonderful!  It was a very special night for all of us.  Thanks, Opi!!  (For those of you that want to see the dedication ceremony, I’ll try to get it uploaded to the blog sometime soon!)

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1 Comment

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One response to “Ben’s 1st Christmas

  1. jill Weikel

    Jo, those were good… thank you we all had a blast… I just wish you guys lived closier i would even take you guys back in Little Rock.. Talk with you soon… give hugs to Ben and tell Jake hi.

    Love ya!!!

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