Monday, January 02, 2012


Sweet Colbie.

Beautiful Averie.

Handsome Baylor.

SO excited!!

Traditional pictures on Christmas Eve.

Silly rabbit teeth.

Christmas morning!!! YAY!!!

Colbie joined us after a little bit...

Christmas socks from Santa!

Showing off her bandaid and her red nails.

The BIG gift from Mama and Daddy...

BIG gift for Averie from Mama and Daddy...

Colbie's BIG gift... 
Ta-Da! A doll house!  She was so surprised!!

Baylor got a Jeep!!!!! Wahoooo!!!

Colbie got a bean bag! She was happy and smiley!!

WOW!  We had a fabulous Christmas!  So many blessings...

We happily spend the 23rd and part of the 24th with Grandpa Bill and Grandma Judy.  The kids really enjoyed the time with them.  We had Christmas in the afternoon on the 23rd and the kids played the rest of the day!  In the evening we went to dinner at the diner and then to a local coffee shop (Grandpa Bill is a regular there) to hear a really amazing Celtic Band called Morningstarre.  The kids were actually in awe and I really enjoyed it.  And spending time as a family doing something meaningful and low key was nice.  We headed home after breakfast and after the kids read with Grandma Judy (their fav thing when we are there) for a bit.

We headed home and had to pick back up and get ready for Christmas Eve with Grandma Pam, Grandpa Allen and Uncle Brad.  We had yummy potato cheese soup, wrap sandwiches, veggies and dip, spinach dip and pumpernickel bread, cheese and crackers and of course desserts... we went to church and then came back to have dessert and open presents!  The kids were in their glory!!!  It got pretty late, we were home by 10:30pm and the kids zonked in bed by 10:40pm...

Santa came and the kids were chatting (A and B) in their beds by 5:20am! Eeek! Luckily they dozed back off (after Matt went in and asked them to shhhhh) until I stirred them at 6:45am.  Averie and Baylor started in on their stocking presents while we let Colbie sleep in til 7:15am, then she got up and we helped her with her stocking gifts.  She woke up happy and we all finished opening gifts by 8am! A record!  We then had breakfast and got dressed for church, in plenty of time, which surprised me!  After church we didn't even unload the kids, I ran in the house and grabbed the fresh fruit, salad, and gifts for GG's house and we headed out.  We had lunch at GG's...the works - ham, turkey, sweet potatoes, deluxe potatoes, Patty's salad, fresh fruit, corn casserole and delicious Christmas cookies and desserts.  The kids got a few fun presents and we all sat around and chatted.  A few family members were not there this year, which felt a little empty, but they were spending special time with their family that couldn't travel, so we understood. :o)

Wonderful. Magical. Spectacular. Christmas. So excited for 2012 and what blessings are yet to come.


The Candy Cane Playdough we made for our church friends.
Bay, decorating his cookies.

Colbie, VERY excited to be decorating Christmas Cookies!

Averie and her cookies. 

<3in the mess. 
Celebrating Christmas with G. Bill and G. Judy. 

Served Averie fresh milk for 1 year, 2 months and 5 days! Served Baylor fresh milk for 1 year, 6 months, 1 week and 5 days! Served Colbie fresh milk for 1 year, 3 months exactly!