3/5/14

Christmas Day

I vow to never get this far behind again....this is torture trying to get caught up!

After all those other fun December actvities, Christmas morning FINALLY arrived.

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Waiting for mom and dad to get up and make it downstairs with the cameras is what I imagine my kids would refer to as torture! In the meantime, they dug wholeheartedly into their stockings.

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Santa brought

A helicopter transformer

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Daisy the Fur Real kitty

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and a 10 gallon aquarium....that leaked 24 hours later and had to be replaced...with a 20 gallon aquarium. Aaack!

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then there was ONE BIG present for the whole family

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A Basketball goal!!

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A few more packages from Mom and Dad...

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Then I tortured them one more time by making them take a family photo!!

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By the way, the socks Westynn is wearing...they were in his stocking! It was the first thing he did and it just makes me so happy that he LOVES socks so much. It's really the only clothes he likes :)

After the storm of presents was over, it was time to start Christmas Dinner. We fixed a prime rib for the first time this year and our parents came over to share it with us...along with Jeremy's Uncle Mike. It was my first time to prepare one and I have to say that it was SO GOOD!!! My mom even went back for a second piece...so you know it must have been good :) I didn't get any pictures though because we were so hungry we just dug right in.

It had snowed earlier in the week, but Christmas Day turned out to be a beautifully sunny, mild day. Perfect for a little sledding, snowman building and snowball fighting!

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Before we called it a day Cambree wanted to have in her words, "An EPIC family snowball fight. With ALL the grandma's and grandpa's." So that's exactly what we did...it was so much fun!

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And yes that is me shoving my daughters face in the snow

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and this is her shoving snow in my coat!

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I have to say this Christmas Day probably goes down as one of my most memorable and favorite!

3/2/14

Seeing Santa

The kids were so lucky this year and got to see Santa Claus TWICE!

Once the evening after their church Christmas program

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Then again when he flew into Mullinville on a helicopter

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When Santa comes to Mullinville he sends a little bag of goodies ahead for each of the kids...then calls them down one by one by name.

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The goody bags are SO much fun!

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A funny thing is that after meeting both Santa's they declared that the Mullinville Santa is NOT the real Santa, just a helper, because he didn't have on "real" boots. They were just shoes with boot like covers...I thought it was cute how serious they were about the whole thing!! The Coldwater Santa was the real one, but Mrs. Claus was a helper, but she knew their names. CUTE!

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Second Grade Class Party

I LOVE being a class party mom and would do it every time if they would let me.  This year for Cambree's class we chose Christmas as our party.  My contribution for this party was brownie bites with red and green buttercream and snowflake sugar cookies.

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Another mom brought White Trash...google it...it's yummy! Then we also had goody bags and juice pouches to round out the party.

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It's so fun to watch the kids interact with each other in the classroom and to see how they interact with the teacher.

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Mrs. Kay did a read-a-long with the class after their snacks.

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2/27/14

Cookie Exchange

For the second year I decided to host a Cookie Exchange among my friends. Just like last year...it was delicious and FUN!

{If you haven't noticed, a LOT of our life revolves around activities centered around food. HAHA}

Here's the whole clan...the taste testers and the cooks:
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and I couldn't resist adding this picture of just the kids...check out some of these face!
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One of the fun things we did was give everyone an elf name as they arrived. You used your first name, last name and the month you were born in. We got some really funny names and we all had lots of laughs! Miss Bryton even got in on the action :)

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We did sugar cookie decorating

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and eating

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Then before everyone left we made Reindeer Food...which was TONS of fun, but also very messy!

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We each took a box, a tray or a baking pan and filled it up with each kind of goody! Then we could take them home and share them with our hubbies...but I'm thinking next year we make it a rule that if they don't come they don't get cookies :)

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Jeremy loves the sampling portion and picking out which one is his favorite.

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If you want to check out all the cookies, here's a link to view them all. I have all the recipes and plan to start a cookbook/scrapbook for every year. So, if you see one you're just itching to try let me know and I'll get you the recipe.

This is a great way to start the holiday season off right and a great way to celebrate with friends!  I think it's going to be a long standing tradition.


2/26/14

Coldwater UMC Christmas Program

Yes, you CAN call this one a program :)

Our kids Sunday School program is pretty small at our church...as you can see. Just 4 kids old enough to have speaking/reading parts and just 3 little ones who "try" to sing along. I missed the program because I wasn't feeling well.

The big kids did some reading about the Advent wreath and all the kids sang a couple of songs....

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Westynn's friend, Pat H., had to come to the rescue because I guess he was having a bit of a fit and didn't want to sing! Thanks to Pat for making sure my kids behave when I'm not there :)