Sunday, December 30, 2012

Christmas 2012

We were able to stay home on Christmas Eve this year and had hoped to go to church.  Unfortunately, both kids have been battling a cold or virus and I decided they needed to just stay home and rest as much as possible.  Maw Susan and Paw Briggs joined us for dinner...
Each person had a say in the menu.  We had a honey baked ham (Paul) and roasted turkey breast (Maw Susan), mashed potatoes (April), cranberry salad (Paw Briggs), chips and salsa (Logan), corn on the cob (Paul), rolls (Sophie) and brownies (Sophie).  After dinner, we opened presents.






 


We put out cookies and milk for Santa and carrots for the reindeer then sent the kids to bed.  This is what we found in the morning.  Guess Santa was getting full.
The kids actually slept in a bit but once they woke up it was all about the gifts and stockings.




After a quick breakfast, we headed to Aledo for Christmas with the Walkers'.  Just after lunch it started to snow, so we had ourselves a Texas White Christmas!

 
We came home to relax for a bit before heading outside for a snowball fight then had some snow ice cream.

 
We had such a great and relaxing Christmas!
 
We went to East Texas for Christmas with the sisters a few days later.  We also saw Grandpa again and opened presents with him.  Although the legos and barbies were appreciated, the big hit for all the grand kids was the bag of coins they each got.  It's really kind of crazy how long a bunch of pennies and nickels can keep a kid occupied.
 


Friday, December 28, 2012

Random Pictures 2012

Another great year!!
Egg Pets

Dancing at Summer Concerts

Trying on heels at the shoe store.

Yum!! Pizza!

Playing in the car

Latest Artwork

Asthma  sucks!

Breathing Treatments Definitely Help

Tea Party with Cousin Kalyn

Picnic Time


Best Place for Popsicles

Hot Cocoa Party

Sophie's Crib is Party Central

Chillin' with Daddy

Being Goofy Outside

The Princess and the Pirate

Races Indoors
 
Sleepover






Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Advent Activities

We had something planned for each day and managed to get them all done except two (ice skating and Baby Jesus Birthday Party) when the kids were feeling under the weather.  Here's some highlights:

Making ornaments for the grandparents.

Glowsticks at the parade.

Loved the lighted parade.

Reading a story with Maw Susan.


 
 
We made birdseed ornaments to hang on the trees outside.

Decorating gift bags.
 
 

 


We decorated gingerbread houses and put them outside on the window ledge.  I don't recommend using a year old gingerbread kit, but the kids still had fun.

Paper strip Christmas tree.


Logan attended the Gladney Christmas party.  He made this angel ornament and dropped off our donations for the birth moms.

Riding the carousel instead of waiting in the really long line to see Santa.
Elmo, our Elf on the Shelf



Elmo brought us breakfast on his first morning.  It included snow covered doughnuts and arctic blast hot cocoa.

I created these for our new stocking holders.

Snowscapes with whipped cream.



The kids made garlands to put in their windows.
There were special treats in the countdown stocking each day, including these Lego ornaments.

Hanging their special yearly ornaments.
 
Putting the star on the tree.

We baked cookies for Logan's teachers.

Logan and Daddy completing the Lego countdown calendar figurines.

Elmo left us reindeer food when he finally went back to the North Pole for good.

Putting out the treats Christmas Eve.
Logan at the GFA event.

Another birdseed ornament for our feathered friends.

The birthday cake we made for the Baby Jesus.

We did finally get to see Santa and Mrs. Claus.