Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas Celebrations!

Christmas this year was wonderful.  I have to admit that it was one of the best yet.  First of all, we were all healthy which is a Christmas miracle in itself.  Second of all, all of our kids were totally sucked in to the magic of the season, and it made it so special!  Here's the annual Christmas jammies photos.  Even the dog cooperated... another Christmas miracle!

Three days before Christmas my parents arrived... yet another reason for fabulous memories.  The kids made a gingerbread house with my mom, and I am amazed that they were all able to cooperate and build one single house together as a team.  Another Christmas miracle! Molly decorated the front, Garrett did the back, and Paige did the roof!

We also took my parents to see the Christmas light display at the Portland Speedway.  It's a neat thing to do when it's cold out, because you get to drive on the race track to travel to each display.  The kids loved the "12 Days of Christmas" displays, and we sang the entire song while we were driving.

Hawk particularly enjoyed my parents visit and absolutely fell in love with my dad.  He followed him around all day and would lay at his feet and lick his toes in adoration.

Christmas Eve we got ready for church and went to the afternoon service.  The kids looked adorable in their coordinating outfits so of course it was a photo opp!  The service was amazing with some great reminders of why we celebrate Christmas.

For dinner we had tamales... which was a first for my parents.  I'm proud of them for trying something so outside of their comfort zone.  Then the kids got in their jammies, sprinkled the reindeer food on the front lawn, and we read some Christmas stories before they went to bed.  The adults stayed up and watched Elf before calling it a night.

Christmas morning was a huge success.  The kids were SO joyful and had a blast giving each other the gifts that they had bought one another.  Molly got her lava lamp from Santa and a camera from us!  Paige got a robot dog (Zoomer) from Santa and art supplies from us.  And Garrett got a Minecraft play set from Santa and some balls (soccer and football) and a Seahawks hat from us.  But I think their favorite gift was the Kindle tablets that each child got from Nani and Papa!

Hawk also got a stocking from Santa complete with treats, toys and a new Nylabone!  What a spoiled puppy!

The kids spent the afternoon enjoying their toys, and Garrett and Steve played his new Lego Starwars Wii game.  

Meanwhile my mom and I got ready for the evening's company.  We had most of the food prepped and ready to cook when everyone arrived!

The cousins exchanged gifts.  It was so much fun seeing Hailey and Luke open up their presents!

And then before dinner we had a little carol sing-a-long.  Almost every year while I was growing up we would break out the instruments and have a carol sing-a-long. I'm looking forward to continuing that tradition with my own family!

We had an amazing prime rib dinner and everyone left overly full with food and love.  The perfect end to the perfect Christmas!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Winter Assembly

The last day of school before Winter Break, the kids' school had a "Winter Assembly".  I volunteer in Molly's classroom on Fridays, so I got to be there for it.  It was so wonderful!  The music teacher did a fabulous job of a school wide carol sing-a-long!  It was truly heart warming!

And here's Molly and some of her table mates!  Such a great group of kids!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Here's the annual Santa photo!

And our Christmas card this year!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Molly's Piano Recital

About six weeks into her piano lessons, Molly had her very first piano recital.  I was so proud of how hard she worked.  The whole way there she talked non-stop... obviously full of nerves.  She played two songs, including "Ode to Joy" as a duet with ME!  Getting to play a piano duet with my little girl was one of those parenting highlights!  We were doubly blessed because her cousins and best friend came to watch!

Here's her piano teacher, Mrs. Ball, with all of her students.  I am so thankful to have found such a kind, loving, and competent piano teacher as her!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

"All I want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth"

Yesterday Paige lost her first teeth!  Her bottom two teeth had been starting to get a little wiggly.  But last night during baths, Molly took those teeth by force.  Paige had been playing a funnel like a little horn, and apparently it was annoying Molly.  She reached over and batted the funnel out of Paige's mouth, taking her bottom teeth with it.  All this was happening as I was getting ready to leave for a client meeting.  All of a sudden I heard Paige scream in pain, and Molly scream "Oh no!  There's so much blood!".  Apparently when teeth get knocked out before they're quite ready they bleed... a lot!  I got Paige calmed down and Molly removed from the scene, and was only ten minutes late for my meeting.  Phew.  Needless to say, Paige got TWO little stuffed animals for her first lost teeth from a sympathetic tooth fairy.  These photos were taken a few weeks later when her new teeth were already starting to come up.

The best part is that she was missing her two front teeth just in time for Christmas, so she could sing this song...