Thursday, December 29, 2011

Christmas 2011

Sit down, put your feet up, and make yourself comfortable....this is gonna be a long one!

As we do every year, we began our Christmas celebration at Deedee and Papaw's house on Christmas Eve night.  We were joined by Emme, Grandad, Bryan, Morgan, Heather, and Chris.

Deedee and Papaw surprised the girls with a trampoline in their back yard, which of course, was a big hit.  The weather prevented them from jumping a ton, but they gave it a test run.

The girls were super excited and could hardly contain themselves.  They did manage to sit still to capture this picture though. 

Then it was go time!!!

Clare was thrilled to get the much desired American Girl Doll from Emme and Grandad.  It is so fun to watch the kids get super excited over their gifts.

When we were done there, we loaded up our kids and all of our gifts and headed home.  We had to get ready for Santa!

We did the usual stuff...cookies and reindeer food and then headed to bed so the big man could come.

And he did not disappoint!  
Santa brought Sydney a big princess tent a a hula hoop,

a bike for Jane,

and knowing Jane's inexplicable love for Wendy's, she also got a gift card to Wendy's in her stocking,

a scooter for Clare (and a scooter for her new doll),


and a little push toy for Graham!

Clare told us that she heard the reindeer on the roof during the night.  It sounded like "clippity-clop!"
After we had gone through all of Santa's gifts and stockings, we opened our presents to each other.  Emme and Deedee had taken the girls shopping, so that they could each buy Casey and I a gift.  They were so excited to give them to us.  It was fun to watch them learn that it can be fun to give a gift, as well as receive one. 
Casey scored a new lunchbox from Jane! :-)

Since Christmas fell on a Sunday, we got dressed and went to church.  There we met up with my parents, my grandmother, Nathan, Megan and Brody.  When church was over, we headed to Mom and Dad's house for brunch and more presents!

Graham and Mamma got to be big buds.

The kids were super excited to see these remote control flying balloons from Nathan and Megan.  How fun!

We took our time opening presents, and the kids did really well.
Brody and Sydney are quite a pair.  They have a great time together!

Jane, Sydney and Brody got Leapster Explorers and Clare got  LeapPad, and the kids played with those things all day!

Watch out because Sydney also got a pogo stick!!!

The kids (and the adults) were thoroughly exhausted after all of the festivities, so we headed home after an early dinner.

The magic of Christmas was alive and well at our house this year.  Of course, we had our "I want more presents" and "Why didn't Santa bring me more?" moments.  But most of all, we had a great time spending the holiday together with our family...both our little big immediate family and our extended families. 

Thank you, thank you to all of you who made our Christmas so much fun!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Graham at Eight Months

Full Christmas recap coming soon, but first...

   Graham is eight months old today!   He is growing so fast!  He continues to be the happiest, most content little guy.  He enjoyed his first Christmas, and received lots of "boy", tools, balls, etc.

Graham has two bottom teeth, and he isn't showing signs of any new ones.  The only time Graham is at all disagreeable is when he is eating his baby food.  He practically yells at you the whole time, wanting more, more, MORE!  Casey likens him to a foghorn during mealtime!

Graham goes to bed about 7:00 each night and sleeps until about 6:00 or 7:00.  He takes two-three naps every day , depending on our schedule.  His naps have improved so much in the last month, and for that, I am thankful. 

 Graham loves his bath.  He splashes his little heart out!

 Still no crawling for our little man, but he is pretty mobile with his rolling around.  I am thinking it won't be too long, but who knows?

Graham gives us tons of smiles, "talks" to us, and makes us laugh every day! 
What a sweet boy!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Friday, December 23, 2011

Remember December, Part 3

Where does December go?  It seems to fly by!  Here is part three of what we have been up to!

We had our annual Christmas Cookie Day!  This year we were joined by Brody and Morgan in addition to the usual suspects. 

It is a fun,



filling day!

I remember last year during cookie day wondering what this year would be like with a little one around.  All I can only say is that he makes it even sweeter!

This past week we have  made a million Christmas crafts, played with friends we don't get to see all that often during the school year, hung out with Mamma, and today we went bowling with family.

Tonight, we ended the day with a family movie night!

Tomorrow the festivities begin, and let me tell you...


Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Remember December, Part 2

We've partied at school,

programmed at church, 

 shopped for the toy drive at Target,

played with Christmas toys at home,

wore pajamas to breakfast at church,

looked at Christmas lights from the car,

which concluded with four sleeping kids!

One week till Christmas and the fun continues!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

These Boots are Made for Walkin'

The other day at Emme and Grandad's house, Sydney randomly said, "I am wishing for a pair of cowboy boots."  To which Granddad answered, "I have some cowboy boots for you."

He had saved Casey's boots from when he was a little boy.  They fit Sydney perfectly!  She has worn them several times since then, and I think they are adorable!

If only all of our wishes came true that easily!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Remember December, Part 1

 December is such a busy month with so many fun activities.  I am going to do my best to document them here.

We celebrated Jane and Sydney's birthday at school.  

They got to go up on stage and everyone sang to them. This picture is funny to me because you can tell Jane is not loving the spotlight.  Sydney doesn't look overly comfortable either, but she was really enjoying it.  Jane wasn't too sure!

Deedee, Clare, and I went to see Madeline's Christmas.

And this little dude is just taking it all in!  

We have also written letters to Santa, shopped for the toy drive, watched Elf on the Shelf movie, and had lots of surprises from Frank, our elf.

Such a fun time of year with many more memorable moments coming!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Pancakes and Pajamas

Today we celebrated Jane and Sydney's fourth birthday! 
I won't even go into how impossible it is that they will be four tomorrow....I will just stick with party pictures!

We decided to celebrate by having a pancake and pajama party this morning.  When I had been asked "when are my friends going to be here?" 3,000 times by 8:30 this morning, I was very glad the party was scheduled at 9:30!
We started the party off by making cereal necklaces!

 Next up it was time for pancakes...plain or M & M!

We had a very official chef!

Next up it was time to decorate pillowcases. 


Then presents, 

cake (blowing out candles two times!),

and party favors!

We had a fun day with Jane and Sydney!
I love raising these girls everyday, but birthday days are some of the best!

Many thanks to all of our friends and family who helped us celebrate these two birthday girls!