Monday, December 24, 2012

Buckle up

and enjoy the ride, as I make you look at picture after picture after picture, as if you have nothing better to do on Christmas Eve.

This December we have been all up in the Christmas spirit, and have loved every minute of it.

A week ago, the third graders had a Holiday Feast that parents were invited to.  It was fun to join Hayley and see her all excited to hang out with Jordan and I.  Below is a picture of the sweet girl after she consumed an entire plate full of desserts.  
Only seconds after this picture was taken, she was crying in my lap because she felt like she was going to throw up.
We used this as an object lesson to teach her to be wise about her eating choices.
Because every moment is a teaching moment. ;)  

 This little boy...I'm telling you,  he is the sweetest thing.  I can't help but love on him all day long.  (I just wish he made my shopping experiences a little more bearable...but I will take the bad with all that good.)

We went with some good friends to a beautiful place called Longwood Gardens.  Gorgeous lit trees...a fun holiday sing along.....It was a great time.

 Hayley was on the lego team again this year, and the following are just a couple of pictures from the expo.  They  had to build a lego model and explain the what's, how's and why's to the judges.  It was really cute to listen to their explanations of everything.

 At our church Christmas party, Tia was an angel in the choir.  Such a beautiful little thing.

A very sweet friend of mine, came over to 'help' me wrap Christmas presents, since I don't believe I've ever been properly trained to wrap like an adult.  As we sat there and talked, she ended up wrapping 
One of them.
She was like lightning, it was unbelievable.
'Pass me another' she'd say, and by the time I was done jabbering, they were all wrapped to perfection.
It was a Christmas miracle (One that I hope will happen again next year.. ;) 
But seriously, Thank you again Becci!
Here are our little boys playing in a box of peanuts afterward.

Then came Tia's first grade feast, which had more of a multicultural theme.
We tasted a lot of new and interesting things that day.  Some delicious, and some...made me throw up in my mouth a little.  (True story.)
This was the only picture I got from that day. :)

Every morning after I drop the girls off at school, we take the little boy on the left to preschool.  When we first started doing this, neither of these boys really knew what to think of each other.
Now, they are best buddies.  All I hear is giggling, the whole way to school.

For the past couple of months, Ty has been all about Daddy.
As soon as J walks in the door after work, Ty grabs his pants then points downstairs, where the toy blocks are.
When J takes him downstairs, Ty then pats the floor where he would like J to sit, and then hands him block after block, until he builds a tall tower.  This happens every single day.
I think it's adorable.
Here they are sitting on the couch watching sports together.

We accompanied another family to a Christmas Tree Farm, where we helped them choose the perfect tree.   Ours is fake, and already lit, so we had no need for another. 
We had a blast.

 And we also found a deer carcass.

Maybe one day I will devote an entire blog post to our paint balling experience.  
It was an amazing time. 

This is the only picture we have with any relevance to that day.  I had several of these marks on my body.  Surprisingly, of all the places we got hit, Jordan and I both agreed that the upper legs hurt the worst.

Proof that I am domestic. ;)
Lots of holiday baking this month.

We joined friends this week for some gingerbread house making.
The kids prepared a little concert for us before the construction began.

And last night we did a little caroling.  

(Yes, every picture you see of me from now until April will also include my beanie hat ;)  

The girls in their new Christmas Eve robes.

And Ty in his new superman pajamas.

A Christmas Eve bedtime story...

And a Christmas Eve prayer.

Can't wait for Christmas Morning!
Hope you all have a wonderful holiday!