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!!