Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Take 2 and 3

Christmas Eve was a busy one this year! Hitting up lots of family for fun, food, and fellowship. Lots of generations getting together!!

All the cousins! Less the boys...they were too busy shooting guns and playing golf. But the girls were more than happy to pose for a few pictures with their new goodies!

My beautiful Mimi! She has been hosting Christmas at here house for so many years, it's going to be weird when one day, we're doing Christmas Eve somewhere else.

The kids acted out the nativity story! Olivia even recited Luke 2:7-14.

Then we sang Christmas carols and lighted candles!

We even had a visit from Nemo the Elf!

to be continued......

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

It Started With A Star

We had such a WONDERFUL Christmas!! We are so blessed!! The kids are at great ages (I feel like I say that every year) to really enjoy and understand the real meaning of Christmas!!!

The live nativity this year was extra special. It was such a tangible example of the birth of Christ! They loved it.

So did Rhodes. He rode his very first goat!

Then we looked a few Christmas lights.

I wonder what their electric bill was for the month of December!!

Our first Christmas stop was just immediate family. We took lots of obligatory family photos!

Gotta love test shots like these! ;-)

The girls!!

Then we cooked up a storm. Our classic Christmas dinner is cooking a turkey, homemade sourdough rolls, leseur peas, mashed potatos, and a couple of other casseroles!!

While the food was cooking we played a little dodge ball!!! SOO much fun!

Then we exchanged gifts!!

And that was just our first stop!!! :-)

Saturday, December 26, 2009

What Wii've Been Up To

Just a little sword fighting here and there. In between all the Christmas fun!!!

Lots of obligatory Christmas posts coming. They will be GOOD! Promise.

Oh, and an ELF named Nemo came and visted. You WON'T want to miss that!!!!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009


I wanted to plug my sisters blog. She has some pretty funny stories about our weekend. And videos. :-) You can see some out takes of us trying to get a good pic with Audrey (their yorkshire terrier) and Robert pulls out some pretty cute noises to get her to look our direction! And the kids limbo too!

SO check her out..




Christmastime Skype (added video)

My cousin and her husband are over in China for a year doing some AWESOME things over there. Can't wait to hear all about it since they can't really discuss it over any type of communication effort....if ya know what I ;-)

But we miss them so much and can't wait for them to get back to the US!!!

Since it'll be the first Christmas without seeing them at all, we decided to try and Skype with them during our family's Christmas dinner.

It's a thirteen hour difference so around 7:00 p.m. we tried to contact them.

I tweeted to my cousin that we were trying to skype and gave them my brother's Skype i.d. And within 30 minutes, SHE RESPONDED!!!

We connected and got to chat with them, got a tour of their apartment and even got to introduce Rhodes...well, she's seen pics but we held him up in front of the computer! haha

Keith (her husband) and I pulled out our cameras and took some pics!! At least they will be in some of our Christmas family pics!!

You can see Lacey, Walton, and I in the bottom left-hand corner! :-)

They had just gotten out of bed....GOOD MORNING!!! ;-) And we were about to eat dinner.

Rachel blogged about it HERE and put our pic up! We almost got everyone in. Rhodes' head just barely missed the shot!!! But he was in my arms!

How cool is that!!! Technology is incredible!!!!!

Miss y'all Rachel and Keith!!!

Video of our conversation!!! ;-) Nothing like a bunch of first time skypers!!!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

I Don't Get Out Much

I think I had a little too much fun last weekend. You see, I don't get out much. And I really don't get to get out much all dressed up, alone, and surrounded by my family!

We had our annual THE CLUB Christmas dinner. We've been going here since I was 4 or 5 celebrating December birthdays and Christmas. All the cousins really look forward to it!

We dined.

Danced. Well, I actually didn't make it on the dance floor this year. :-( But it was fun to watch everyone.

We were silly.

We viewed the city!

We took lots of pictures!

We even peeped in on the wedding reception next door. ;-) But that's all I'm sayin' about that!


Monday, December 21, 2009

Meet Roxy

That's what I named her. The dress, that is. My $7 Jimmy Hale Mission Bargain Center blue sequin dress.

She came out to play again. For our Tacky Christmas Party. And she had LOTS of fun.

The 2009 Tacky Christmas was a success - even with 30+ people at our house (completely outnumbered by kids).

I wonder what event Roxy will appear at next?! I truly enjoy wearing her!