Fun on the Fourth

Our family is festive to say the least – especially for the holidays. We had a great day with friends and the kids blasting fireworks, seeing the parade downtown and enjoying food together.

This girl used to be terrified of fireworks – I remember being 2 months pregnant with her and her Daddy and I watching fireworks downtown out of the back of our little hatchback car. My, how times have changed.

Baby girl is a daddy’s girl all the way and loves excitement – especially fireworks!
Fourth of July is never complete without sparklers and watermelon!


…Christmas 2011 in a nut shell…

Call me a slacker..but I had to post about our Christmas….
then I’ll get back to the new year!
So, our Christmas in a nut shell…

We baked….LOTS..
we opened a present every weekend throughout December…
Our Elf on the Shelf…made himself quite comfy…
We enjoyed Christmas plays and songs….
We made new friends..
We went to holiday parties…
We went to our first ever Holiday Cookie Exchange Party…
(our favorite cookie was the Lactation Cookie, sounds gross but no they are NOT made with breastmilk, they only help you produce it..but anyone can eat them!)
We ate presents…and sucked on wrapping paper…
We got every Barbie we ever dreamed of…
some of us (eh-em, Reese) didn’t know what all the excitement was…
We played with hundreds of new toys…

We received AMAZING gifts…including a new glue gun!!
Read here for more on that…
some got stuffed into giant gift bags…
We visited family and cherished special moments…

We opened Christmas PJs per our Christmas Eve tradition…
Ofcourse we left cookies and milk for the big guy…
We enjoyed new Christmas morning faces…
We contemplated where to start…
We shared Christmas memories…
We got even more REALLLY cool Christmas gifts…

We spent quality family time…

We (I mean I, suffered through football season)…
and Mike enjoyed every. single. game. on his new flat screen TV, love moi…
We enjoyed sweet moments…
I loved on my angels…
and we never got enough of…stuffing babies in gift bags…
What a happy 2011..
now onto more fun in 2012..

‘Twas the Night Before Jesus Came

I love this…and I think you will too…

‘Twas the night Jesus came and all through the house
Not a person was praying, not one in the house.
The Bibles were left on the shelf without care,
For no one thought that Jesus would come there.
The children were dressing to crawl into bed,
Not once ever kneeling or bowing a head.
And mom in her rocker with baby in her lap
Was watching the Late Show while I took a nap.
When out of the east there rose such a clatter,
I sprang to my feet to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash
Tore open the shutters and lifted the sash!
When what to my wondering eyes should appear
But angels proclaiming that Jesus was here!
The light of His face made me cover my head–
It was Jesus returning, just as He said.
And though I possessed worldly wisdom and wealth,
I cried when I saw Him in spite of myself.
In the Book of Life which He held in His hand
Was written the name of every saved man.
He spoke not a word as He searched for my name;
When He said, “It’s not here” my head hung in shame.
The people whose names had been written with love
He gathered to take to His Father above.
With those who were ready He rose without a sound
While all the rest were left standing around.
I fell to my knees, but it was too late;
I had waited too long and thus sealed my fate.
I stood and I cried as they rose out of sight;
Oh, if only I’d known that this was the night.
In the words of this poem the meaning is clear;
The coming of Jesus is now drawing near.
There’s only one life and when comes the last call
We’ll find that the Bible was true after all.

haha, best. Christmas. pictures. ever.

Warning: the pictures below will make you laugh and most of all, miss stone wash jeans.
My mom kept every single Santa picture from my first Christmas until I was 10 and emailed them to me!
This is the best Christmas gift ever…
Although I believed until I was 12…my little sister let the secret out. Unfortunate.
Nonetheless, these pictures bring back sweet memories.
I definetly love Christmas.
I definetly love Santa.
I’m smiling in almost every single one…because Christmas is amazing.
1984…that Santa makes me smile, he seems so cuddly.
1985…I’m guessing Rudolph’s nose was so bright, this Santa needed sunglasses?

1986…purple puffy coats
1987..matching panda sweaters…

1989…I don’t know what’s cuter, my hand on my sister’s leg or the hair cut…just call me “bangs”

1990…you love these jeans right? how about the bangs….again? And where is Santa’s face?

1991…the jeans, the perm, the precious holiday sweaters..everything about this pic says awesome.

1992..I know what you’re thinking…”didn’t they have these same adorable holiday sweaters on last year?” well, yes, yes we did. But this year we have stone wash jeans with a fanny Christmas patch.
And my hair…it’s straight again!

1993…crimped hair. enough said.
jeans that maybe I bejeweled myself?
And is this the same sweater from 1991?

1994…rebelling against the traditional Christmas colors? yes.
but matching the socks with the sweater? always.
Hope your holidays are fun and full of special memories!

Christmas parades and marshmellows..

Holiday festivities make us smile.
And so does…
Horses galloping.
cuddling up to stay warm..
ginormous parade floats/balloons..

post parade food devouring
ok, we attend Tanglewood’s Festival of Lights every, single, year.
Yes, its the same 2.2 million lights every single year.
Yes, its the same long line of cars waiting hours to get through.
But it’s a Christmas Tradition…
My sister and her hubs joined us for a fun filled evening of dinner and lights..

baby, its cold outside.
And my coat makes me look like I’m stashing 4 kids inside it. hmmph. not cool.
now all we needed was snow.
but marshmellows, hot chocolate and apple cider will do..
my family roasted marshmellows…
and for the first time ever in my life…I roasted marshmellows…
I’m not a good “marshmellow roaster”…(these babies have not a hint of golden color)
but Mike is a marshmellow burner…..yowza!
how Christmas-y and fun..
May the spirit of Christmas bring you peace,

                                                  The gladness of Christmas give you hope,

                                                  The warmth of Christmas grant you love.                    

Christmas Tree Lighting…

Lil Bit started crawling on 12/17/2011!
Me and the little beauties went to see Disney Princesses on Ice.
It was a huge surprise for Rylee.

It was magical…
It was colorful…
It was pretty…
It was full of fun…
And the “floating lights” were amazing..
And the little girls left smiling…
Then we went to the Christmas Tree Lighting downtown…
I mean hey it’s not Rockefeller Center but it’s lovely..
And we enjoyed it..

Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday Traditions…