Saturday, December 26, 2009
Once we got to Mom and Dad's, we got a very special phone call from the big man himself . . . .
The kids talked to him and thanked him for the gifts. Santa told Carter he was so confused because Santa thought Carter was a Braves' fan but Carter wanted Yankees things. Santa was also confused because Santa thought Carter was a righty but asked for a lefty glove! You can't pull anything over on Santa!
After Santa's call, we opened presents from each other for awhile.
Papa opening his gift from us - a picture of his great grandchildren
Richard. I think Amy liked it!
We had our big feast Christmas Eve night with 16 of our family members with us. I was so caught up into visiting (and eating) I forgot to take pictures! My son called me out on that later, oh well. Since we enjoyed the big feast last night, we enjoyed a wonderful brunch on Christmas morning. We all had a wonderful Christmas day!
Damon and I have said we would love to spend Christmas morning at our house for as long as we can. This year was special being the first year in the new house. My parents, siblings and Papa Whittle came over first thing in the morning to see the kids get their Santa presents. A great time was had by us all!
Laura Beth spies her stash of gifts!
Carter begins to dig into his
Carter begins to dig into his
and the fact Carter is teaching himself to throw left handed!
Here is the proof - Santa did come at some point on Christmas Eve. I think he just about covered all that had been asked for from the kids! Carter's Jeter jersey, left and right handed glove, good food (Macaroni and Cheese, Cheez-Its, Goldfish and Fruit Loops), baseball books, puzzle and a new Webkinz.
When it comes to Christmas , I came from deep traditions. Some of those traditions have had to change due to family growth and distances. However, some are still as rich as the years I was 6 and 7. The kids began the Christmas Eve rituals by writing Santa a note thanking him for what he was going to leave under the tree as well as wishing him safe travels. Due to traveling, we did not make our usual dirty snowball cookies for Santa, so we left him just plain Oreos this year along with the normal Dr. Thunder. The kids placed the cookies, note and drink just so on the mantle - so Santa would not step on them (and so Chip would not eat them)!
I always make the kids "suffer" through a picture with their stockings and this year was no different. Here they are on the fireplace with their stockings ready to be filled by the jolly man!
And, of course, we always read 'Twas the Night Before Christmas before we go to bed. I think this is the first year I have ever read it to the kids. I love this tradition the best, I think!
We usually leave reindeer food (a new tradition) on the lawn for the reindeer, but this year it was raining and we were afraid the reindeer might not see it as well. So, we left a bowl of it by the front yard and then a bowl of it on the mantle - had to make sure there was plenty of it!
When you get a family together for anything, let alone a photo shoot,
crazy times are going to occur.
Enjoy some of our "finest" moments!
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
IS HER FOUR FRONT TEETH!
We loved spending time with Damon's family this past weekend. We had a great day Sunday after Damon drove all night long after work. We worshipped with Dustin's (Damon's brother) congregation, ate a great Christmas lunch and then opened presents! The kids were so excited and got some great surprises!
Singing Jingle Bells for the assisted living home
She had told me she would like to have her but knew she couldn't get her because she was
Thanks for this, Mama C and Papa John!
It was a hit!
This was hysterical! Words do not even begin to describe these two playing this game.
What was Damon trying to find?
a Lowe's gift card!
After having our Christmas, we helped spread Christmas cheer by going caroling with Dustin's congregation. The kids were so excited about this. Carter declared, "I have never done this before!" They were so good to the older people we met and announced that we needed to do this next year in Henderson. We will work on that, kids!
We began a tradition with Damon's family of going out to eat for a nice family Christmas dinner. This year Amerigo's (on West End in Nashville) was the place to be. The kids were AMAZING and the food even better! We all enjoyed just being together (though we missed Damon oh so much - he had to work).
Laura Beth (7), Carter (6), Johnathan (7) and Addison (5)
I love being with these kids. They are so much fun! They love being together and enjoy each and every moment that they spend together!
We all enjoyed celebrating Christmas with Carter and Laura Beth's classes this past week. A great time was had by all. We are very thankful for such good teachers and friends at this special time of year!