Saturday, December 31, 2011

A Very Merry Christmas morning (long post and lots of photos :)

The kids surprisingly slept in Christmas morning til about 7:30 (they are usually up at 6:30)! We had to make Ellison wait very patiently to go downstairs so we could change Elic's diaper and give him some milk.

 Ellison waiting very patiently to go downstairs!
 We had to get a brother/sister photo :)

 I love this picture of Ellison because it shows pure excitement!

 Elic loved his blocks!
 This was Ellison saying "it is exactly what I wanted!" she said this for just about everything she got :)
 Bubby LOVES blocks! He got big cardboard building blocks from Santa and fun bristle blocks from his big sister :)
 Elic adn Ellison exchanged their gifts for each other :) Bristle blocks for Elic and a mermaid puzzle for Ellison!
 Of course Ellison got some more dress up clothes :)
 Bubby with all of his goodies...
cardboard blocks
bristle blocks
PB Anywhere Chair
clothes from Mini Boden and GapKids
The Lion King
Personalized plate
Labels for his bottles and sippy cups
personalized water bottle
 Ellison trying out her new sleeping bag! She cannot wait to go camping again with her daddy!
 Elic with his new water bottle/thermos and labels for his stuff!
 Ellison opening a gift from her daddy...new earrings!
 Bubby trying out his new chair, he likes it!
 Ellison with her goodies...
paint easel
sleeping bag
Candy Land
mermaid puzzle
Princess play hair set
Snow White dress
earrings
personalized water bottle
The DVD Cinderella
Art accessories
 Daddy was good too! He got a Kindle Fire!
 Elic playing in the tent the kids got from MeMac
 Mommy trying to climb through the tunnel but got stuck :)
 Mommy and her babes on Christmas morning!
Daddy and his girl...

Next post...one more Christmas celebration with my family!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Christmas Eve night....

After spending the day of Christmas Eve in Columbia we left all dressed in our holiday best to attend Christmas Eve service at our church. The kids did great! Luckily Elic took a great nap at granddaddy and Jen's house so he was rested up. We only put the kiddos in childcare during the sermon then brought them back up to sit with us for singing Christmas carols and the candle lighting. Ellison even held her own candle this year, she was so proud of herself :)

Last year we started our own family tradition where after church service, we swing by a yummy asian bistro place down the street from our house and pick up take out, we drive around a local neighborhood to check our Christmas lights then head home to eat dinner, set out milk and cookies, read A Polar Express and head to bed :)
We carried on the same tradition this year except when we got home the kids discovered this...
 Our Elf, Nomes, left the kiddos a present before heading back to the North Pole til next Christmas!
(We decided to start this as another Christmas tradition-this being the first year for it- Nomes will leave the kids their special pair of Christmas pajamas to wear Christmas Eve night :)
 Ellison loved her pajamas and loves Nomes!
 Our cuties in their Christmas pajamas from Nomes! Thanks Nomes...see you next year!
 Leaving out cookies, carrots and milk with a hint of cocoa (the was Ellison's request) for Santa!
 Reading The Polar Express with daddy (Elic was there but crawling around the floor :)

After the kiddos went to bed Connor and I got busy! We had 24 cardboard blocks to put together, an easel to assemble and a Pottery Barn Kids Anywhere Chair to put together!
 I guess our kiddos were pretty darn good this year :) We definitely had a couple of doubting moments!
 Ellison's stash of goodies...
Elic's stash of goodies...


Mommy, daddy and the doodles were pretty good too :)

Merry Christmas Eve!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Merry Christmas Eve!

On Christmas Eve, our first stop we headed to Columbia to celebrate Christmas with Connor's mom and grandparents!

 Ellison playing piano with her daddy...
 Aunt Sarah and Ellison
 Ellison and her goodies!
 She loves anything purple!
 Yay! A tent...Ellison has loved playing in this. Bubby won't climb inside of it just yet...
 The cutest little waitress...EVER!
 Cute slippers!
 Mommy and the babes :)
 My sweet bubby...
 Ellison with her Papa
 The kiddos with Meme and Papa
 MeMac and her grandbabies
 A family photo on Christmas Eve :)
 Elic, me, Ellison, Connor, Aunt Sarah, Uncle Ben and Aunt Heather

After MeMac's house we loaded up and headed to Granddaddy and Jen's house for Christmas! We ate yummy food and opened more presents! Elic took a big nap and Ellison was still full of energy...
 Ellison being silly with Aunt Heather
 Uncle Ben and his niece
 Ellison with Mama Doris...
One of Ellison's gifts was a "super girl" dress up outfit...I mean how cute can she be?!

Thanks everyone for a wonderful Christmas!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

The last couple of days before Christmas!

Technically Christmas is almost over (in about 2 hours :) It truly flew by for us....before I do a mile long Christmas Eve and Christmas Day post, I thought I would do a few fun photos and events we were busy with a few days leading up to Christmas. As you saw in the last post we took the kiddos to visit Santa, afterwards we let the kids play in the mall play area for a bit...
 Bubby enjoyed the mall play area as much as Ellison did!

I helped take care of my friends 2 girls last Thursday. I decided to brave the rainy weather, borrowed my mom's van and took the 4 kiddos to Monkey's Treehouse to play all morning! It was fun but exhausting...the kids were so well behaved, the hard part was it was pretty much watching two sets of twins (one set being the age of 3 1/2 and the other set being the age of 1). Marin and Ellison were very independent however Clara and Elic were mobile but Clara just started walking and Elic doesn't walk but he loves to climb! It was a busy morning :)
 Bubby playing!
 Ellison and Marin kept each other entertained for 2 hours!
 Elic on the slides!
 Are they not adorable?!

 The color/art station...
 Playing "Super Girls" at Marin's house
 Sweet friends!

This past Friday night (right before Christmas Eve) we had some friends over for dinner! Can I just say how blessed I am that my hubby actually enjoys cooking and totally rocks it! He made a homemade chocolate chess pie and homemade spaghetti...it was YUM-E! Thanks babe!

 My chef :)

I wanted to post the picture below...I know you may be familiar with Pinterest and if not then watch out because a new addiction is headed your way! I have made like several hundred "pins" but have yet to actually recreate any of them except for this...
 I LOVED this idea for displaying Christmas cards...I wrapped a ribbon around each cabinet door (secured it with tape on the inner side of the door) then used small clothes pins to pin up the cards! This will definitely be our display each Christmas!

On Christmas Eve morning, Ellison and I have a tradition of making cookies for Santa! This year we made Peppermint Melt Away Cookies...they were a huge hit and so delicious!
 Ellison unwrapping the peppermints...

This year we got really into setting up our Elf (Nomes) and Ellison loved to wake up every morning in search of where Nomes would be stationed for the day! On Christmas Eve morning (the last day for Nomes to visit this year) we found him doing this...
 Taking a bubble bath in marshmellows...it totally cracked Ellison up!

The yummy cookies we made for Santa!