Saturday, December 26, 2009

White Christmas 2009!

We didn't really get to play in the snow on Christmas day because we are pretty busy! But we got to get out the next day and go sledding in the front yard. 

Bella wasn't so sure she liked it.

The kids had been talking about getting to make snow angels for years (well at least Emma has and Aiden has since this year). So needless to say, they were very excited about the snow!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas Day 2009

Then Santa came!! Christmas morning we woke up BRIGHT and EARLY. 4:30am to be exact!
Emma is showing Brinkley and Bella their Snuggies from Santa. Emma got a bunch of Hannah Montana stuff and Aiden got a Spiderman Web Slinger and other Spiderman and Batman toys. I think they we excited!
We woke up to our first White Christmas since the kids have been born or even since Matt and I have known each other! It was beautiful! So we loaded up the truck and headed to Mema's house.

Next we went across the street to Nanny and Papa's. First we do stockings really huge bags full of awesomeness.
Nanny loves to watch everyone open their gifts. We have to MAKE her sit down and open one every once in a while.
Brinkley and Bella in the wreckage.
After we open all the "little" gifts, we go to the back for the "big guns" quite literally for Matt, Rick and Hugh, as the case may be. And Matt wasn't actually pointing the gun at me. It apparently had some kind of cool laser sights on it and he was pointing at the ceiling.
Aiden got a DS and a soft serve maker that even does mix ins! Perfect for him!
Emma and MaKayla got net books this year. Emma's was a Disney NetPal. She loves it and feels so grown up.
I got Photoshop Lightroom and I can't wait to learn how to use it!! :)

And as if that wasn't enough Christmas for 100 families... never fear we had plenty more where that came from! After lunch at Mema's we went home for a little while and let the boys nap then it was off to Uncle Terry and Aunt Christy's for Christmas dinner! I love how everything is scheduled so perfectly and we are able to fit it all in! Notice Aiden sneaking a cookie while Emma is working so hard on the dishes!
They really gave Lincoln and Jeremy workouts!
They had to teach Jeremy how to play Dead Man, Dead Man, Come Alive!
Brinkley was glad that Molly liked the snuggie she gave her.

And of course, Uncle Terry loved his Razorback snuggie and Tervis Tumbler!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Eve 2009

Christmas Eve we got to have Christmas at Mom's house. 
She loved her heated mattress pad!
And Matt loved his big boy Spiderman "wear wear". Aiden was excited to be twins!! :)
That afternoon, we quickly made some cookies for Santa. They wanted the kind that they could do all by themselves. (Can you tell Aiden's mouth is full of cookie dough?)
That evening, we had our annual Christmas eve party at Nana's. There was a BIG surprise for my mom's cousin, Dee. Her sister, Nancy, came from Indiana to surprise her! We asked Dee to go turn down the heater and she was walking past that box and even tried to move it and then Nancy jumped out. It was priceless!! I think she almost peed in her pants!! ;)
Me and my Nana!
The family... opening presents!
The Evans crew...
The kids played pin the face on Frosty. Emma was proud of her work!
Our evening got cut short at Nana's because of the snow. We always read The Christmas Story from Luke and have some kind of entertainment, usually a live nativity of some kind. But, it was really coming down in Greenland. It was so pretty! I can't believe I forgot to take a picture. Probably because I was dodging snowballs from Kyle! When we got home, we put out our reindeer food...
And snacks for Santa...
And sang a little Christmas song...
And then went to bed! To be continued...

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Some Pre-Christmas Fun

We had a very blessed and a very busy Christmas season. I want to make sure never to schedule a vacation (much less 2) in the middle of the holidays ever again. We never seemed to get to slow down. Regardless, we had a great Christmas time. 

Coleman's Christmas Open House...
Making gingerbread men in Emma's Pre-K class

Emma's Pre-K Christmas Party. They got to wear pajamas and watch Polar Express.

Aiden's class ended up not having a Christmas party so I was glad that he got to go to Emma's.

After the Christmas Party, we went to the duck pond to use up some oldish bread. Here's what they looked like!!!
They looked super hungry so we went to a Bakery Outlet and they let us have 10 loaves for .25 each!! So we shared some with some other kids that were there and we fed them the remaining 6 loaves. So they seemed a little happier when we left! Emma and I have been talking about "being a light to others" and we decided that we were a "light" to the ducks that day. *tear* :)
Later, we made a trip to see the Lights of the Ozarks with some of the kids' bff's, Ella and Rylan and their parents. They had tons of fun! Riding the carriage, the horses and the camel. (Watch out... they spit!)

Ella took our picture! Future photographer!
One of my favorite Christmas traditions... Making candy with mom and Nana!! What a blessing to learn the treasured recipes and get to spend time with them. And Nana showed up this year in her brand new car!! So pretty (Nana and the car) :)!
Mom making toffee, we'll call it Butter Toffee ;) Paula Deen would have been proud, because if it tastes good with one stick of butter, I am sure that two sticks are even better!!!Once we figured out the right spoon Nana wanted she was all set to make her candy.

The candy makin' girls!
After the candy making, we got to have our annual reading of the Night Before Christmas at Aunt Brandy's in their new house. It was perfect with her big new fireplace! 
But the kids' favorite part was getting their "wine" (aka sparkling grape juice). I hope they don't all go to school and talk about getting to drink wine! :)

During my Landmarc Christmas party, Nana kept the kids and taught them how to pull taffy. 
Ok... this is the disappointment of the season... We love the Santa at the mall. We know that he must be the REAL one. So we skipped the Santa at Silver Dollar City, passed by the Santa at Disney World, and just waved at the Santa at the Square. So when we finally got to go see our Santa at the mall, we found out that the rumors were true and you can no longer take your own pictures. So I thought, fine we will forego the $48 pictures and just let them talk to Santa. When we finally got around the final corner and were almost there, Santa had to take a "reindeer feeding" break!! So we skipped it, went to Chick-Fil-A, left our letters for him on the hearth and called it good. So here are our 2009 Pictures with Santa! Next year, we will make reservations to the Breakfast with Santa event.

See him?? Yeah, he's there in the background! I promise!! ;)

Here is one from Christmas past...
Stay tuned for more Christmas catch up pictures!! :)