Sunday, December 30, 2012

Christmasing

It was a wonderful, magical Christmas this year...festivities started at Kimmy's house Christmas Eve day...





Kimmy, Paula and Dena made a yummy Christmas Eve brunch...



Are they sleeping???


Nope.

And my Dad was there too of course...he's always with us...


We took the kids outside to play.  It was a crisp beautiful day with loads of sunshine...


Later that night, we did our usual traditions...making Christmas cookies for Santa, sprinkling reindeer food on the lawn and watching the Polar Express.  I love how the five of us all snuggle up on the couch together with our blankets...memories I'll treasure forever...even the part when Nicholas sat on the remote and shut the movie off at the best part... : )





Christmas morning the kids woke up early...I told them not to wake us up before 6:45...so at 6:45 sharp, Nicholas came in to wake us up.  They were so excited!!  We kept them waiting in great anticipation on the stairs!!  They drank their OJ and waited...patiently???  Not so much...



Checking out the loot and who got the biggest present in the room (Nicholas)!



Gianna with her goodies...her guinea pig would come home after Christmas just as Santa had promised...


Julia with her goodies...the Vera Bradley bag was her favorite...


and Nicholas with his goodies...he was so surprised about the basketball hoop!


We ate our traditional Christmas breakfast...french toast that was cooked in eggnog, crispy maple bacon and maple sausages...so yummy....


My family came over later in the day...



more surprises...


The kids and I put together a photo album for Nana...each of us recorded a special message for her...


I think she loved it...


Danny spent quite a few hours putting the basketball hoop together in freezing temperatures!  But the kids still had to try it out...


And the magical part of the day?  We actually woke up to a dusting of snow!!  My prayers were answered!  It doesn't feel like Christmas unless you have a little snow...


The day after Christmas, Danny's family came over for some more yummy food and presents.  Here are all the cousins together, minus one.  Now that they are older, it's never easy getting them all together at the same time.  I think we have good genes in the family...and they are all wonderful kids! 


Danny with his sister and brother...

 
Yes, it was a wonderful Christmas.   
 
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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Christmas morning

Funny video of Gianna getting her "Husky" on Christmas morning...


Don't you just love Nicholas' negative comments when Julia opened her present?  Ugh.   We had a wonderful Christmas!  I'll post all about it soon!  : ) 

Monday, December 24, 2012

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Look who surprised us!

We were at our neighbors house last night having some holiday cheer and guess who showed up? Santa! It was the highlight of the night.  Gianna was beyond thrilled!


She was so nervous she forgot everything on her list!  I whispered in her ear that she wanted a guinea pig.  So she told Santa.  He told her that he would bring her a cage and that she could pick out her own guinea pig after Christmas.  And Julia and Nicholas missed it!


It's the most magical time of the year for sure.  How wonderful it is to be 7 years old.  It's a night we'll always remember.  Santa, you were just what we all needed. 

Friday, December 21, 2012

School parties

Today the kids had their classroom Christmas parties.  First up was Gianna's 2nd grade classroom.  She made this cute craft...


I love this bulletin board in her classroom.  The kids drew pictures of their families...


Here's Gianna's...I love it!! 


Today their classroom had pajama day and hat day! 


I cracked up when I saw her wearing her hat like this...


The kids could also bring in a stuffed friend which she was so excited about!  She brought in Blaster from G-force...

Then it was off to Julia's 4th grade classroom...


Her desk...


Then Nicholas' 5th grade classroom.  Let me tell you...it's tough doing the rounds by myself.  I try to spend the same amount of time in each of their classrooms.  The great thing about this year is they are all in the same wing!  Last year they were in 3 different wings. 


Nicholas' class made gingerbread houses...



My boy is such a love.  He gave me a big hug when he saw me today.  It doesn't bother him to show affection in front of his friends.  And as we were walking down the hall to get his sisters, he told me he loved me. Sigh.




Now it's school vacation time!!  : ) 

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Will you be here this December?

Yesterday was Julia's 4th grade winter concert.  It felt very different at her elementary school after the terrible event that took place in Connecticut on Friday.  I really haven't been watching much TV coverage about the shootings as I find it very difficult to watch, but last night I watched Anderson Cooper.  He interviewed the parents of Grace, one of the little girls who lost her life on Friday.  I was completely in awe of how composed her parents were.  They were so incredibly gracious and stoic.  I truly believe that God and the angels are embracing these families and filling them with comfort and love.  Grace's mom never once wept during her interview.  Instead, she had a warm smile on her face as she spoke in detail about her beautiful daughter.  She spoke of how their Grace, and the other little children, didn't know about hate and how she and her family want to live their life like them.  "She was all about peace and gentleness and kindness," Lynn McDonnell told CNN's Anderson Cooper. "Grace didn't have an ounce of hate in her, and so we have to live through Grace and realize that hate is not how our family is."  They have no anger.  They are truly an inspiration.  I have been so overwhelmed with emotion by this terrible tragedy that I really want to know how these families are doing.  I want to see them and to hear their stories.  Oddly enough, I find they are actually comforting me

Watching my beautiful daughter yesterday, and all those sweet children, brought me such joy at a very difficult and emotional time.





This song brought tears to my eyes, "Will you be here this December"...


I know there will be 20 little children and 6 courageous adults who won't be here this December.  I will continue to pray for them and their families...and hold our three babies a little tighter.