Wednesday, January 27, 2016

January Recap

We sent out 2015 with a "champagne" toast, and excitedly ushered in 2016!
 
January is a slightly quieter month for us in terms of activities.  Clare does have swim though, and she "needed" a swim cap!  She thought it was hilarious!  Maybe it'll shave a few seconds off of her times???
 
 
Graham earned some money for doing some chores, but he was really thrilled when Casey gave him his old wallet!  He carried that thing around with him for days.
 
 
Jane and Sydney have started a gymnastics class, and they are CONSTANTLY cartwheeling, handstanding, backbending, etc.  The good part about having a twin is that you always have a spotter!
 

 
One weekend in January, we had the privilege of seeing Brody's band perform.  My kids loved watching him play guitar!  We were impressed!
 
Graham is playing baseball this spring, and  this was his reaction when he found out Casey was helping coach.  I love this picture!!!
 

 
I love the chance to recharge and regroup in January, but thankfully we were able to squeeze in some fun too!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Christmas Day

My camera cord got thrown out in a post-Christmas clean-out, so I am happy to finally have a new one and download the Christmas pictures!
 
After Deedee's house, we came home and got ready for Santa.  We did cookies and milk and set out reindeer food!  The kids were tired (look at Graham!), but excited!  Off to bed to wait for the big day...
 
 
Santa came....and left a message out of candy canes!
 
 
The girls were thrilled with itouches!  Santa really delivered!
 
 
 
 
Graham got an awesome Hot Wheels set.  It was huge!
 
 
 
The kids looked through their stockings, and then we opened gifts.
 
 
For the past two years, the siblings have drawn names of who to buy for.  I love watching what they pick out for each other.  Graham got Jane a fake bird that repeats what you say.  She loved it and he loved giving it to her!
 
We had a nice morning opening gifts.  Sydney scored some new roller blades.
 
 
Clare got a more official swim suit for all of her swimming!
 
 
After we finished at our house, we got ready and headed over to Mom and Dad's.  Jennifer and Mamma were there, as well as Nathan, Megan and Brody.   I didn't take any pictures, but the kids got selfie sticks, and Uncle Nate took this one!
 
 
It was such a fun Christmas this year.  I think it really might be the most wonderful time of the year!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Christmas Eve

On Christmas Eve day, as is our tradition, we headed to Deedee and Papaw's midafternoon.  The excitement was palpable!

 
 
While we waited for everyone to arrive, the kids got to open one gift.  It was a good one...Osmo!
 
 
When everyone had gathered, the kids started with stockings.
 
 
It was a great evening, and everyone got tons of great gifts!

 
When Mary asked Graham what he wanted for Christmas, he replied a "bag of weapons."  She delivered....and he was thrilled!

 
Another hit of the night was the game Pie Face!  Check out the anticipation on his face!

 
 Clare and Sydney couldn't resist a turn!

 

 
 After opening gifts and eating yummy food, it was time to head home to get ready for Santa!!
 

 

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Before Christmas

I have truly dropped the ball lately on documenting December.  We did some really great stuff, and I want to remember it all. 
 
Frank was up to his usual antics this year, including decorating the kids' pictures with a dry erase marker!!
 
 
Of course, we had to go look at Christmas lights wearing pajamas and drinking cocoa!
 
 
We played a Christmas version of Minute To Win It!  Big fun!  In this challenge, you have to move a cookie from your forehead to your mouth without using your hands.
 
 
SUCCESS!
 
 
This challenge had everyone trying to hook candy canes to get them into the jar....without using your hands, of course!
 
 
In this game, we had to see if we could get a cotton ball to stick to a tiny dot of Vaseline on our noses....without our hands.
 
 

Of course, we did our traditional Christmas Cookie Chaos!



My kids love cookie day! 



We're a pretty well-oiled machine after so many years!



During the week of Christmas, we hit the lanes for our annual bowling event!


Graham was happy with this roll!


 

 
Sydney, not so much!

 
On a more serious note, we went to a candlelight service at our church, and Graham was mesmerized.  I look forward to this service every year!
 
 
We had some really beautiful, unseasonably warm weather here before Christmas.  The kids enjoyed the week off of school and played outside a lot.  I asked them to act out the nativity story, and this is what they put together.  I was thoroughly impressed!

 
While the warm weather continued, we visited some parks and enjoyed being outside. Please note the shorts and tshirts.  This was on December 23rd!  Crazy Texas weather!
 
 
On Christmas Eve Eve, Mamma and Jennifer flew in.  We had everyone over for dinner and the kids did their traditional caroling.  We played a few games, and it was a nice way to kick off the holidays.  Next up, the festivities begin!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Center Stage!

It turns out we have quite the little family of performers!!!

Clare, Jane, and Sydney participated in the Christmas musical, Wrapping All the Way,  at our church. 

They have been practicing since September, and last Sunday was the big debut!  Jane and Sydney were in the chorus, and Clare played the role of Sparky.  Graham isn't quite old enough to participate....but trust me, he knew every word!
 

(Just a funny little story...they performed a little sneak peek at church on Sunday morning, and after Sydney was done, she walked back into the classroom and said "Nailed it!"  At least she's confident!)
 
So many of our family members came out to watch the musical, and it meant so much to my girls.  They all did great, and it was so fun to see their hard work pay off!


On Tuesday, Graham's preschool class put on the The Nativity Story and he was the innkeeper. 
 

He had one line, and he delivered it flawlessly...."there is no room at the inn."
 
Loved seeing him looking over at me and grinning.
 

 
You can watch it here:
 
It was so fun watching my kids perform this Christmas season.  I was so proud of all of them!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Crazy Eight

Jane and Sydney decided to have a Crazy Eight birthday party this year.  The invitation instructed their friends to come wearing their clothes inside out, backwards, anything crazy! 
 
 
 
 
 
First, the girls made a nametag with their names backward.
 
 
 
We ate cake and ice cream before we ate pizza!  Of course the cake had to be crazy!
 

 

 
We sang "Happy Birthday" backwards to Jane and Sydney!  This took some practice!
 
 
 
We played a few games, including drawing on top of our heads!
 

 
It was a loud, crazy party....just the way my girls like it!
 
Part of Jane and Sydney's birthday present was going to get their first pedicure.  So, after church on Sunday afternoon, we went for it!
 

 
 
They both thoroughly enjoyed the massage chairs!! 
 
 
 
 
It was a fun birthday weekend!