Saturday, December 27, 2014

Christmas Time

Breakfast with Santa at our church. I actually had to miss all of the activities because Ryan's work party was at the same time this year so my mom took the kids for us.  I can't believe how grown up our kids are getting. I really, really want them to stop getting so old but man are we so thankful for the great health our kids have been blessed with these past years! 
Kylie's school program with her sweet class. She was not shy at all singing on stage.
Santa came during the middle of their singing, and Kylie was trying to tell Corbin that he was at the back of the auditorium.
Christmas Morning patiently waiting on the steps to go see what Santa brought them. Have they been naughty or nice?!
The boys mainly got sports stuff and games. They were probably most excited about their Kansas jerseys and athletic pants.  
Kylie mainly got Frozen things or stuff for her baby dolls.  She really loved the white dry erase board that he brought to put in her closet!  
I have a love/hate relationship with Legos! I love that they love to play with them but there is no telling how many I have "accidentally" sucked up in the vacuum!
I have given up on trying to put my kids in cute Christmas clothes on Christmas day because it only lasts for about 5 minutes. The boys just want to wear athletic stuff, and Kylie wants to dress up all the time. Who can argue with that! 
I was looking back at pictures from last year and pretty sure this is the exact same pose and outfits the grannies had on in 2013 too! 
My dad finished Craig and Tina's huge solid mahogany table for them. 
These are the clothes that our kids decide to wear at Nana's house. I really love Kylie's puff jacket with no pants and sparkly hot pink boots. Real stylish! 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Activities

The Nutcracker
One Starry Night Program 
 The Rockettes
Marvel Superheroes
Kylie's School Party
The Boys' School Party
Making Gingerbread Houses 

6 years later!

Instead of a birthday party for the boys' 6th birthday, we decided to celebrate by going to Gatlinburg.  We went  for a long weekend with the Crawford's. We drove up on Thursday night and stayed until Sunday afternoon.
The funniest part was that we were planning on going to Dollywood all day Friday to beat the crowds on Saturday. Well, if you have seen Summer Vacation where they go to Wally-world then that is what happened to us. Keep in mind that it was freezing that weekend, and we bundled the kids with 50 layers, packed our coolers and headed for the park. As we make the turn to the entrance, I think "Wow, it is dead today, and this will be awesome!" As we pull up to the gate, we die laughing because they are closed on Friday! We should have taken a picture. So we turned around and went back to the hotel to remove our 50 layers. Friday ended up being a lot of fun because we did an Ol' timey picture with all of us, shopped a little then went to the Dixie Stampede that night.  
Ol' Timey Photo
This was Martha Lynn's idea, and we had a Groupon for a really cheap session. Well, now I know that they get you in with the Groupon  then talk you in to buying pictures that you don't need. Definitely don't take Martha Lynn with you to watch the presentation because she can't say no:-) 
The Dixie Stampede
Kylie, Camille, CeCe, Braden and Reed 
The kids all loved watching the show. The boys, especially Reed, really liked when they did the competitions between North and South. 
Thankfully, the park was open on Saturday. Unfortunately, it was Sevier County day to get into the park for $1 which made for a long line to get into the park. However, most of these citizens were over the age of 60 and just wanted to watch some shows which our kids had no desire to do anyways! We stayed all day into the night to see the Christmas lights and parade.
 Definitely some tired kiddos at the end of the night.
It was nice not having a "formal" party this year. We did celebrate their birthday at Aunt Tina's house with cake and presents but I didn't have my camera with me.
Thanksgiving Lunch
The boys have had a great year in school so far. They are learning so much and making some of the sweetest friends. We could not have asked for a better school and teacher for them to have their first year.
Their school had a Thanksgiving lunch for the parents to come enjoy. I can't bring myself to eat cafeteria food so I just talked with the kids.
One thing that the boys got for their birthday is new bunk beds built by Papa! Their ceiling has a weird slope to it which prevented us from just buying beds. They turned out great and now they have somewhere for their friends to sleep with they come over...or their sister!
 Six years have flown by and we are so thankful for these years full of many great memories!