Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Christmas 2010

This year was the best Christmas that I can remember. Nowhere to be at a specific time, no schedule to stick to, stayed in pajamas all day long, and then had dinner with 5 other couples (after we showered and put back on our jammas). It was perfect. The kids were happy, the gifts were plenty, the celebration of Christ's birth and the reason he came to earth, the fact that everyone in my house is healthy, the fun with friends later all summed up to the perfect Christmas.
I won't keep going on and on about our special Christmas this year, but after the past 2 years that we have had, this was one heck of a special Christmas for our family!
Enjoy the pictures.

Look at this awesome piggy bank painted by our awesome babysitter Katelynn!!!

Decorating cupcakes for Santa and Jesus' birthday party

Brody doing his part

Finished product for Santa plus 2 bags of reindeer food

Christmas Eve opening gifts from grandparents, aunts, and uncles


Putting out the reindeer food while it snows in the background

And Chloe helping...

Where do I start?

Talking Woody and Buzz...thanks Grammy and OpOp

Chloe's turn...

Chloe's pillow pet...thanks Grammy and Opop - this and twinkle shoes were a huge hit

Santa left Chloe lots of goodies

Dad. check this out! Santa left me a train table!

Getting a closer look

Coming down the hall getting ready to see if Santa visited or not

Christmas Eve opening a work bench. Thanks Gramom and Grandaddy

Hello Kitty CD player with audio CD books - thanks Gramom and Grandaddy!

What Brody got from Santa

Christmas morning

Brody giving Chloe's roller skates a try.

White Christmas!!!

Do we have a roller derby girl in our future???

diggin' in


How exciting!!!!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Chloe's Questions...

Merry Christmas first and foremost!!! I just hopped on here really quick while the boys in the house are still asleep to tell you about our Christmas Eve. I will have pictures later on a different post, but until then, here is the conversation Chloe and I had in the middle of Christmas Eve service last night at church...

Chloe: Mommy, how old is baby Jesus?
Me: 2000 years old
Chloe: Wow! When am I going to be 2000 years old?
Me: In Heaven (keep in mind I am trying to listen to our pastor)
Chloe: So that means when I die.
Me: UMMMM...yeah
Chloe: I'll go to heaven when I die and be 2000 years old?
Me: Yeah
Chloe: How tall will I be when I am 2000?
Me: As tall as be quiet we are getting ready to pray
Chloe: So I will be this big? (then she showed me with her arms then bowed her head for prayer)

I can't believe the questions and conversations this 4 year old of mine comes up with sometimes...

Monday, December 20, 2010

A Tradition in the Making

Last year Chloe and I took an overnight trip to Opryland Hotel in Nashville to take in the Christmas sights and sounds. We had such a great time that I decided that from there on out, it would be our annual girls trip during the Christmas season. This year was a little different though. Since she is 4 now, and has been in dance for quite some time, I took her to see the Rockettes. She absolutely was in awe. She could not believe her eyes or ears. She has been kicking and singing like the Rockettes since last Thursday afternoon. It was amazing. We also were able to go to the ICE exhibit which is really cool. It's tons and tons of ice that is carved out into a  theme...this year's was Santa Clause Is Coming To Town. It was very cute as usual, very cold as usual (9 degrees hence the giant parkas they give you when you enter) and very fun - cause there are ice slides to go down. We did the slides so many times I lost count.
Then after those two main shows were done, we walked miles over the hotel taking in the sights, talking to Santa, riding the Santa Express Train, making gingerbread houses (ours was poorly constructed and fell and broke into a million pieces), having breakfast with Kris Kringle and lots more.
Anyways, here are pictures that are worth more than a thousand words.

 Happy Girl posing with the suspended stockings in the background

 Gazebo in the hotel

 Sweet girl posing on the wall

 I love this look on her face. it just screams "WHAT MISCHIEF WILL WE FIND!?"

 Taking in the scent of the flowers

 Riding the Santa Express

 Yes, I allowed all of these junky foods for breakfast because we were on a vacay

 After our breakfast with Kris Kringle

 Several pictures from the ICE exhibit


 Here she comes...legs straight up in the air

 Happy Chloe after sliding down the ice

The giant Christmas tree in the hotel

Friday, December 17, 2010

Brody's Christmas Party

Brody's class at Parents' Day Out had their annual Christmas Party with coffee and donuts for the parents, sweet treats for the kiddos, and a book exchange for them also. While things were being all set up each parent helped their child make reindeer food. If you do not know what this is, it is a baggy of plain oatmeal with lots of green and red glitter in it. You sprinkle it on your lawn on Christmas Eve. The reindeer see the glitter so they know to stop at your house, and while they wait on Santa, they eat the oatmeal. So we did that and I have to admit that Brody left lots of reindeer food on the floor of his classroom too. He may go back to school in January and have gifts there too from Santa.

Here are some cute pictures from the day.

Brody poured his reindeer food all over the table first

There can NEVER be too much glitter. Wouldn't want
Santa to miss the house!

One of Brody's best buds...CJ with mommy Becky

Carter and Jill - another of Brody's best buddies

Brody, CJ, and Addy - his favorite little girl ever (the older one at the table)

Brody's gift to mommy and daddy - his footprint is the Christmas Tree and his fingerprints are the ornaments. This is awesome  because the paint is glazed underneath so we could use it...and it's different than Chloe's last year. Her's was blue with a hand print that made Santa's face and beard.