Monday, December 27, 2010

A Quiet {White} Christmas

After all of the services on Christmas Eve, which means around midnight, hubs and I set out to get things ready for Christmas Day. It took until 3:30 AM to get everything done.....
Here are the stockings.
These are Allie's gifts.
Kaya, an American Girl Doll
The whole set of Narnia Books.
and a pair of boots.

Maggie's gifts:
A Nintendo DSi,
An American Girl Doll Violin set for her doll,
and a pair of boots

Lillie's gifts:
Elizabeth's (her AG doll) bed,
An MP3 player,
and a pair of boots

Brady's gifts: This pic has two of the three in it.
A tool set,
and a pair of boots.
The third gift is a motorized john deere gator.
It was unavailable to be photographed at the time due to
the fact that it was still being worked on by Santa's Elf.

SO, we are finally in bed and sleeping soundly until
5:30 AM - when the girls came bounding down the
stairs and woke us all up.
I tried to get pics of them coming into to the room,
but it happened too fast.
They looked at their stuff and then
tore into their stockings.
Then, they settled in for some play time....
Here you can see some of Brady's gator.
He was working on it with his "dil" (drill).

Maggie wearing her new hat and playing her new DSi.

Allie enjoying all o her books.
One of my favorite parts of Christmas this year is that my girls are
becoming aware of giving to each other. Allie and Maggie both made gifts for their siblings.
Either things they made at school or things they made here at home.
Allie's gift for Lillie.
This is one of my favs.....Allie made a boat for Brady.
And if you can't tell what that purple writing says, it is
"S.S. Brady", of course.
After the kids were all done and had played for a while, it was time
for hubs and I to open gifts.
His big gift was a new tv for our bedroom.

One of my gifts is this new bible.
I can't wait to dig into this!
Again, the gator.....

We had plans to go to Georgia to visit my family on Christmas Day.
The plan was to leave around lunch time.
UNTIL.....the snow started coming down.
And it snowed all day (and continued snowing through the next day
and the next night)
Traveling in the snow might not be
a big deal for alot of you -- but we, obviously, couldn't travel for two reasons.
1) We live in the south. The mere mention of snow sends everyone running to the store for
bread and milk, and as soon as it snows an inch, the roads are impassible.
2) We actually live in the NC mountains. There are many possible travel routes to
Georgia but all of them include driving over even higher mountains
where the roads do not get cleared.
SO, we had a nice quiet day at home with just the 6 of us
And, of course, we played outside.....
My sweet Maggie.....
He wasn't entirely sure he liked it outside.
Throwing snowballs.
Good, wet, snow made for well packed snowballs.

The snow man....

sledding down our hill....

I heart my handsome hubby!

My littlest littles....Lillie and Brady.

There was a lot of snow eaten.
and my biggest littles: Allie and Maggie.

While it wasn't the Christmas Day I expected,
and I was really sad not to be able to make to my family in Georgia,
I have to admit that it was really a sweet day with just the six of us.
Enjoying a truly {quiet} White Christmas!
in HIM-


Jen said...

What a wonderful blog! It was very heartwarming reading it. Even though you weren't where you had hoped to be, this will be a Christmas to be remembered!

Lisa said...

What a great Christmas! We enjoyed our snow and it looks like you guys did too!

Shari @For the Little Doll In Your Life said...

It looks like it was a very fun Christmas at your house. The homemade boat is very sweet.

P.S. love your wallpaper :)