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Monday, December 31, 2012

Christmas 2012 - part 2


On Sunday, Dec 23, we celebrated Christmas at out house with Nana and Grandpap.
They had both been sick so we had a quick pizza lunch and opened gifts.

This is Brady's gift.
Big Boots.
I had never heard of it but he knew exactly what it was.
Apparently, he and Nana have been to Target several times and have played with this.....
There are little people with this truck who have big boots and remind me of weebles....they wobble but they don't fall down.
It also came with a dinosaur.
Because dinosaurs and men who travel on a truck that can eject them are soooo from the same time period.
He loves it!



Allie got Molly's party dress.
Just what she asked for!
She may be 11, but she loves her American Girl dolls and I'm happy for it!


Lillie got McKenna's performance set.
She was hoping that Santa would bring McKenna (the American Doll Girl of the Year)!!

Maggie got Argos -- Marie Grace's (also an American Girl) dog.
Just what she asked for, too!
{Sorry for the blurry pics}


Later that afternoon we went Christmas Caroling with the church.

It was really a lot of fun!

 Singing to our friend, Kelly, who is still in quarantine   


After we finished singing we headed back to church to eat supper.
Taco Salad.  It was delish!!!

Our friends, Kerri and Manning had told us about a couple of houses in a nearby neighborhood where they had Christmas lights on a timer to music.
We went to check it out after supper.....


The next day was Christmas Eve.
Jenny and Tripp met us for lunch and came back to our house for a visit.
We always love having them visit!

Christmas Eve was also my birthday.
Allie took a lot of pics of me unwrapping my present.
A Dick's Sporting Goods Gift card.
Hubs said he wasn't about to try and pick out running clothes for me himself.
SO, I get to go do it myself!! YEAY!!

The kids and I went to two of the three Christmas Eve services.  
Our Associate Pastor, Linda, did the earliest service.
It was a Family Service. The kids sang and Linda shared a wonderful Christmas story.

Hubs did the 8 and 11 pm candlelight services.  He shared a great message on how the light always conquers the darkness.
Before he went back to church for the 11 pm service, and just before getting the kids tucked in their beds, we did our Advent reading for the night.


Then we got the kids in bed, hubs went back to church,
and I did some cooking for Christmas morning and finished wrapping gifts.

Long, but great day......
Tune in for Part 3, soon!!


Tuesday, December 25, 2012

A Great Light


The people walking in darkness
    have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
    a light has dawned.




For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given,
    and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace
    there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
    and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
    with justice and righteousness
    from that time on and forever.

Isaiah 9:2, 6-7

Merry Christmas to all!





Saturday, December 22, 2012

The First of Christmas 2012


Today was our first Christmas Celebration of the year.
We traveled to Ken's dads house for lunch.
The kids were super excited to get to open gifts.
The girls got these great vests from their favorite store


{Justice}

from their Aunt Tamara and Uncle Barry.

And Brady got this great farm set with trucks and a forklift
and bales of hay. 


Then came letters from Santa.
The girls each had a letter saying that he'd asked Granddaddy and Nana to help him with a special surprise that he will be bringing them on Christmas.

This is what they got in their boxes.....
Their definitely excited and can't wait to see what Santa is bringing now.....

Oh, and I got one, too...... ;)


Then Brady got a letter  from Santa saying that he'd already made plans for what he was bringing so he asked Nana and granddaddy to take care of this gift.

Brady started unwrapping and someone said "what is it?"
He said, "A box!"


However, inside the box was  spiderman horn.....
then they rolled out the new orange  bike he wanted.
He was a bit intimidated at first, preferring to just push it.
He finally got on it though and got the hang of it.  


It was a wonderful day with family.
The kids have gone to bed with visions of more gifts to come tomorrow and several more times next week.

Luckily I will do my best to remind them what Christmas is all about....
definitely more than just gifts.

BUT, I'm having a blast seeing their sweet happy smiles!!


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Today.....


Today, I did a killer workout that I found on Pinterest.

Today, I hung out a lot with these two cuties.
They are best buddies 
and they played and played and played....

Today, I almost finished decorating my house for Christmas.
Just need some red holly berry bunches......


Today, I made Potato Soup for my in laws.  Ken's Mom has the flu and his step dad has a bad case of bronchitis.
Hoping the soup will help heal their bodies and soothe their sickness.



 Today, I made Oreo Truffles.....

and Triple Chocolate Clusters to take to Brady's Christmas Program tomorrow.

 Today, I made Banana Bread for tomorrow's breakfast.
It just came from the oven and it smells divine!!



































Today, I took two girls to gymnastics and ran some errands.

Today, we did Advent devotions with our kids.
And after that, this sweet girl asked to talk to her dad and me.
Then, she asked Jesus into her heart!!!




TONIGHT, I am exhausted 
and I'm headed to bed.

With a full and happy heart!!!
Praising the Lord for TODAY!!


























Monday, December 17, 2012

Have You Any Room for Us?


Last night was our Children's Christmas program at church.
We did a play called "Have You Any Room for Us?"
and the kids did a wonderful job.
Here are some pics from our evening.....

Jack the king....


Cole the sheepdog.
This was my most favorite costume of all.   

My Maggie was Mary.

sweet girls.....

This is Brady and his buddy, Hogan.
Two of our sheep


Allie was the innkeepers wife...... 
These two had the most lines and they did a fantastic job!!! 

Lillie was one of the narrators.
Here she is with some of the other narrators.

These two are natural actors.
They were Mrs. Ox and Baby Ox.....

A cute little donkey and his cute little brother, a sheep.

The sheep on stage....
I think they were over it by this point....


I tried to get a shot of everyone from the front row, but I still think I cut a few people off.


I borrowed some of these pics from my friend Mandy.
This is one of them.
She got this great shot of my four together.  


The kids have worked so hard on this play  for the past couple of  months.
I am so proud of them.
Their hard work paid off. It showed how hard they had worked last night.
The play was wonderful!!



Friday, December 14, 2012

Instagram Friday....

This is my photodump from Instagram for the last two weeks!


On the way to Florida.
Palm Trees in South Carolina....


The view of the marsh at the Disney Resort in Hilton Head, SC.

Hollywood Studios.
Tower of Terror Photo Op.
Turns out, the sun was in their eyes....

Lightening McQueen and Mater......

The pool at Old Key West.
Quite fun to go swimming in December.

 The tree at Animal Kingdom.
So cool!

Trying on some great hats!1


These two sweeties came for their first sleepover on Monday.
They did great!!

And my kids were so happy to have their baby cousins here with us.


Yesterday, was hubby's birthday.....
this was the special chocolate pie I made for his 46th.

Since we were at Disney for a week, I feel so behind on my Christmas Decor.
Finally got a tree yesterday and got the stockings up.
Still much to do but at least we are getting somewhere. 



Twinkling lights and my Christmas mugs filled with coffee make me happy.


There are a few snippets of our last couple of weeks.
What have you been up to?

Linking up at Life Rearranged!