Monday, December 31, 2012

A merry little Christmas

I am officially coming off of my holiday high.  My mom and Bob (the last of our visitors) left this morning.  I have so much to share.  We had a wonderful Christmas and a wonderful week following with BeLLa and GrandBob.

Let's start with Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Christmas Eve was a little touch and go if I'm being honest.  The turning point was when I came home from running a few last minute errands and found Sawyer in the closet playing with things he shouldn't have seen until Christmas morning, if you get my drift.  The boys were just out of sorts - both had colds, were tired, etc.  The rest of the evening included some biting, some discipline, new Christmas jams getting peed on, etc., etc.  It was eventful; allthought the pictures below tell a different story.  Keith and I went to bed late that night laughing at how hysterical the entire day had been.  And both commenting that we know someday we'll miss these days of having little bitties.

But Christmas day was the opposite.  It was slow and relaxing and cozy.  And all I hoped it would be.

Decorating cookies for Santa.  Sure hope Santa likes sprinkles.

fried turkey with yummy sides for Christmas Eve dinner.

Opening gifts from their aunts and uncles on Christmas Eve.  My boys are so blessed with awesome aunts and uncles.



Putting the special Santa key out.

Putting out cookies for Santa...and eating some too.

Christmas morning -- Ready to run into the den and see what Santa left.





Saw  helping daddy open his gifts.  He is such a little helper.  You guys should have seen him helping take down the decorations.  It was the cutest thing.  He kept saying "need some help with that" "good job mommy" "here, let me help you".  Precious, precious.

Christmas morning family photo.

Cooper getting some special loving.  Graham is pretty much obsessed with dogs.

Spent the afternoon playing....

We ended Christmas night by baking a birthday cake for Jesus. 


It truly was a MERRY CHRISTMAS.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

From our family to yours!
 
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Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmasy stuff...

I haven't been blogging as much as I would like to but as I've mentioned we've had lots of visitors and been busy enjoying December and all the entails. 
 
Prepare for picture overload...
 
Cuties before church.  My mom made their precious outfits!

Is there anything better than blurry Christmas lights in the background?!
 
Decorating our gingerbread choo choo 


 
 



 Sweet sleeping angel.....I could eat him up!

Christmas cards -- my fav!

 
Little goodies for church nursery workers -- and also neighbors and daycare workers...
thank you pinterest.... 

lots of late night wrapping sessions...

We got a letter and a surprise from Santa...






lots of time playing outside...

As much as we love Santa, JESUS is the reason!  And we've been making that a priority!

Jingle Bell dance parties....


cookie baking...


Lots of good stuff happening around here!  And lots in store for the next couple days/week.  Lots to be excited about and lots to celebrate!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Visit with Santa

They look thrilled.  This is actually better than I was expecting.  Graham was on the verge of screaming.  And Sawyer did after he told Santa he wanted a choo choo and tractor and didn't receive it right away.  Ha.  Guess I didn't explain how that works very well....
 

Friday, December 21, 2012

More visitors and more Christmas

My Dad and Kathy came last weekend to visit and celebrate Christmas.  We had the best time with them!
 (thanks Whit for Graham's adorable outfit!)
 
They got the boys a trampoline and they are in heaven.  Santa is going to have a hard time topping that.  Matter of fact, I'm not sure he will.  Ha.
 
I think Saw loved assembling it almost as much as he loved jumping in it.  He's such a big helper!


Graham gave up and just hung out on his tricycle and watched.

They've begged to jump everyday since.  Thankfully, the weather has been mild enough that we've been able to at least sneak outside for a few minutes.

We are so blessed with a great, big loving family.  We've pretty much been celebrating Christmas the entire month.  So, it wasn't just gifts from Nonnie and Popsy -- they (we) opened gifts from Momo, Pop & Jane, Ms. E and Mr. Joe, Sunny & Larry, Melissa, Jay, Georgia, Matthew & Andrew.  Thank you all for all the wonderful, thoughtful gifts! Lots of presents and lots of love.  We are so grateful.


We have a new family member.  Saw named him Mickey.  And how adorable is this fish tank!!!









And then my camera broke.  And my dad and I spent an hour trying to fix it with the help of google.  Unfortunately, we couldn't but it's all good because I ordered a new camera and it showed up today.  I'm so excited!  Although, I wasn't necessarily looking to get a new one I definitely had gotten my moneys worth out of my old one and it was time for an upgrade.  So, Merry Christmas to me! 
 
Anyway, we had the best time with Nonnie and Popsy and hope they come back very soon!
 
I'm so looking forward to the next few days with just my little family. 
Celebrating what is most important ~ Jesus and each other!