Here's a fun picture of Hayden. A few weeks before Christmas, we went to Knott's Berry Farm. Kevin and I hadn't been there in years so we were excited when our friends, The Ruffner's invited us to go with them. It was extremely crowded that day, but we still managed to get the kids on a few rides and the grown-ups got to go on some big rides too. It was fun and we enjoyed the opportunity to spend time with the Ruffner's and Van Boerum's.
This is was our Christmas Card 2008 picture. My friend Shillawna took it and did a great job! She is very talented with the camera. We had a wonderful Christmas this year. We are so lucky that we have both of our families close and that we were able to spend it with everyone. The only person missing was my brother Neil who is living in Ohio right now. Hopefully, we will get to see him sometime soon. Hayden had a great Christmas too! He actually understood what do do with the presents this year and was quite excited. I took him to see Santa at Plaza Bonita Mall, but that turned out to be a rather traumatic experience for him. Hayden was really excited and wanted to meet him until he got up close and personal. No amount of candy one could offer would have convinced Hayden to sit on his lap. It kind of reminded me of "The Christmas Story" where all the kids who sat on Santa's lap screamed in horror (all it was missing was the huge slide with fake snow at the bottom. ;o)) Anyway, we tried to help Hayden understand the spiritual meaning of Christmas too. He like helping me set-up our Nativity set and talked about Jesus, so I think that's a good start.