Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Texas Christmases

When we go to Texas for Christmas, it's like constant going, constant eating, constant present-opening, constant chaos.  We love seeing everyone, but it's almost like we barely even get a chance to visit because of all the Christmas.  Hah!

We left our house in the morning on Christmas Eve.  That evening, we had Christmas over at my mom's parents' house.  I used to be the only one with kids over there, but two of my cousins have stepped up and added a couple little boys to the mix.

This was our attempt at a photo of all of them.

We spent the night at my parents' house and did Christmas with them when we woke up on Christmas morning.

My parents surprised us with this gorgeous table my dad built.  I'd been looking for a bigger kitchen table for over a year.  I had several requirements that made that a tall order to fill.  I wanted it to be six feet long, have a bench with a back on it, and be made of a smooth surface that won't be ruined by clorox wipes or windex or homework/craft assignments.  Talk about impossible to find!  Back in August, Jon and I went on a date and we sat a small little table that had a concrete top.  I loved it and thought it'd be perfect!  I asked my dad if he could make me one to my specifications and voila!  I absolutely LOVE it!

And they also got me my first NWA appropriate winter coat.  I've been freezing my booty off for 6 winters!

Then we got all dressed up to go to my dad's mom's house for Christmas lunch!

Adeline and Makya had fun playing beauty shop for a while.

Then it was over to Jon's parents' for Christmas evening celebrations.

 Uncle Emil had something very interesting.

I started feeling bad over there, so Whitt and I left after dinner and went back to my parents' so I could sleep better.  It rained all the next day, so we just stayed at home and relaxed.  I just love this picture of Whitt and his puppy dog watching it rain.

Jon and Adeline went over to his extended family's Christmas on Friday.  Annabel, Whitt, and I stayed at my parents'.

She was so excited to go on a hay ride.

We are so blessed with such a big, loving family.  I hope you enjoyed your Christmas as much as we did!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Our Family Christmas

Santa visited our house on December 23 this year since he knew we'd be heading to Texas on Christmas Eve.

Santa brought all kinds of goodies!  He brought a store-front thing with cash registers, baby dolls, a walking toy, and a sports center.  Plus he filled all our stockings!

Everyone was so excited!  Whitt woke up at 6:00 and his crying must have woken up Adeline, who in turn, woke up Annabel.  We listened to them talking to each other over the monitor.  Adeline said, "I don't know if it's morning yet.  Let me look out the window.  I see lights at somebody's house.  I think we can get up now!"  And then here they came running to our room.  So much fun!

We gave each child three gifts from us.  The girls were very excited about these princess Barbie dolls.

Jon was teaching Whitt how to play with his army men.  Whitt thought it was hilarious.

My attempt at a Pinterest breakfast.  The chocolate syrup for the mouths didn't work so well, but the girls were thrilled with them.

Whitt trying out his new walking toy from Santa.

We spent the whole day at home, just enjoying our goodies.  It was so relaxing and fun!  I love days with my family.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Our Christmas Eve

I was really bad about Christmas crafting with my girls this year, so we jammed it all into today, as we celebrated Christmas Eve with our little family.

We made paper bag gingerbread men and they drew faces, etc on them.

We painted Christmas trees with toilet paper rolls and added lights with finger prints.

I made this to hang up every year at Christmas.  I love it!

We made paper plate & handprint Rudolphs.  This was Adeline's favorite and she did it mostly all herself.

We made cookies for Santa.

And we made so many that we decided to deliver some to our neighbors.

Yesterday, we took the girls to Dollar Tree and let them pick out a few gifts for each other using their own money.  Tonight, they helped me wrap them.  I just had to get a picture of what Adeline wrote on Annabel's gift.  LOVE!

We had dinner, then I read the Christmas story and did Family Life's "What does God want for Christmas" advent activity.

I put the cookies on a plate for Santa and Adeline said, "What will the reindeer eat?" so we had to add some carrots and celery.

Then it was time to put on our matching pjs & head to bed!

We can't wait to see what Santa bring us in the morning!!