Christmas & Bernie's Bday

The second weekend of December we made our annual visit to Bass Pro Shop to visit Santa, have dinner and let the kids check out all the cool stuff. The kids were a little hesitant to see Santa but as long as mom was near everything was okay.

We attended Christmas Eve service at Hope in West Des Moines on Christmas Eve and then returned home to enjoy a relaxing night with the kids. We started a tradition last year where they each get to open their special gift from dad and mom along with receiving new pajamas and a family game to play. Hudson got a bow shooter toy, Paisley a Karaoke machine, Tenley an art easel and Nixon a rocker toy. All items were a hit!
Christmas Eve
 New Pajamas
 Tenleys new art easel
 Paisley loves her singing
 Hudson's new toy...we will see how many things get broken in the house
 Nixon's special gift for when he gets bigger of course
Christmas morning we woke to see what Santa had delivered along with some additional gifts from dad and mom. The kids were super excited and loves discovering all the gifts.
Kids on Christmas morning

Following a crazy morning with the kids we loaded up and headed back to Glidden for Christmas with the Wenck side. My parents hosted dinner and we all enjoyed family time as it was nice to see everyone especially since we don't get together as often as we would like due to us all living different places.
Wenck great grandkids with Grandma minus Rosie who was napping.
 Wenck girls minus Rosie
 All the Wenck grandkids. 8 kids ages 9 years to 6 weeks

 Our family
 Cody, Jill and Kids
 Chance, Allison & Rosie and baby on way end of January

 Mom, Dad and us kids

We drove back Christmas night as Bernie had work the following day which was Bernie's birthday. The kids and I were able to meet Bernie for lunch at Biagiis to celebrate. That night we had a family dinner, sang Happy Birthday and opened gifts. Bernie's wish came true and he got a Keurig for his bday!
                                            Happy Birthday to the best Daddy and Husband

The last weekend of December we went to the Quad Cities to celebrate with the Heidgerkens. We enjoyed a great Christmas with everyone and were also able to attend the Carstens Christmas the same weekend. 
                                                    Hudson and Charlotte exchanging gifts

 Tenley and cousin Akora
 Grandma wit her gift for her flower garden from the kids
 Grandma and Nixon with Nixon's new snow globe
 Mommy and Tenley
We had a fantastic holiday and we bless to be able to spend it with all of our family. Thank you to everyone who helped make it so special. Now onto a new year!

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