It has been a very long time since I have blogged, life has been very busy, but it has been blessed. I have thought for a while of catching you up and so what better time then Christmas.
Version 1 of our Christmas card
(due to printer error) Version 2 of our Christmas card
D jr. is now (7), J is now (5), and R is unbelievably (2) We took these picture while on a weekend getaway to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for my birthday at the beginning of December. This was my first time taking our family portrait with my remote and for the most part I was pretty happy with the end result.
How we celebrated our Christmas Season
Our Christmas Season started out with a visit from Santa on the fire truck in our neighborhood, this is a wonderful thing our local fire department has been doing the last several years and the kids LOVE IT!
On Christmas Eve night we went to a lovely candle-lite service at our church and then went out to look at Christmas lights around town including this one that raised money for the Wounded Warrior Project.
After lights we came home to make cookies for Santa, Jesus birthday cake, place Jesus in the creche, feed the reindeer and then for grandma to read "The Night Before Christmas" to the kids.
We love the traditions and creating these wonderful memories for the kids, memories hopefully the kids will look back and cherish and one day share with their own children.
We have spent a quiet Christmas around the house and for the first time in several years we managed to get the right balance of presents and the boys didn't fight, whine OR cry because of what one OR the other got. PHEW!! I also made a smart move and reprogrammed the boys gifts and put batteries in them so that as soon as they unwrapped them they could play with them (LeapPad 2s and InnoTab 2). This was also the first Christmas that Rachel was able to walk around and open her own presents, YEAH!!!!
all her cute presents, and she plays with the ribbon
winning photo of the day, J in his Madagascar 3 wig
Rachel loving her new purple LeapFrog puppy
From our family to yours, we pray that you had a wonderful Christmas and that our Lord Jesus Christ was at the center of it all!!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year