Monday, January 2, 2012

The Merry Days of Christmas!

One of our favorite things to do to get ready for Christmas, is to make sugar cookies for Santa!  The boys love it as much as I do, which makes the tradition even more enjoyable!



Christmas Eve!
 I had to work on Christmas Eve, but was very lucky not to have a busy day!  I had plenty of time to get ready with the family and head over to the Nashville Campus for church!  We met my Mom, Dad, and Rachel there.  The service is family friendly so the boys got to sit with us.  They always read the Christmas story and all of the kids get to go up front.  They gathered around on the steps and listened pretty well...until...Parker jumps from the 2nd step to the ground and then looks at me with a big smile and gives me a big thumbs up!  Easton lied down on the floor with his head in his hands and feet in the air the whole time!  They weren't overly crazy, but definitely didn't just sit nicely like I had hoped!  After service, we headed to Brick Tops for dinner and had a very delicious meal!  After dinner, we all opened our Christmas pjs!

Christmas Morning!


Here are just a few of the picture from Christmas morning.  We woke up around 7 and headed down to open our presents.  The boys LOVED all of their things!  It took us almost 2 hours to do it all!  Around 9, I started cooking breakfast.  My Mom, Dad, and Rachel came over to join us.  We ate a great meal, and then had Christmas with them.  Later that afternoon, we went to Steven's parent's house to have Christmas with the Ellis family! 
We really did have such a fun, joyful day! And...we didn't have one single meltdown!
Here are the boys on New Year's Eve!  We were doing some little Fireworks out on our patio, but our lovely neighbor who is a police man, put an end to our fun!  It was so frustrating, because we were only doing the little tanks and small things that the kids enjoy.  Plus...let me add, that in the 3 yrs that man has lived here, we have waved over a million times with no return smile, hello, or nod!  He has never spoken one word to us, but felt compelled to speak to us on New Yrs and ruin our night!  Oh well though!  Just another reason to move to the country! 

We really did have such a wonderful December!  Christmas time brings so much joy and cheer and we of course look forward to it every year!  As much fun as we had, I am glad that it is over!  Things are finally calming down!