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Monday, December 29, 2014

Christmas #1-My Family

The weekend before Christmas my brother, Shelly, their kids and my mom all came to our house to celebrate Christmas! It was the first time I've hosted my family at our house, so I loved it! Preston always enjoys having his cousins around and Kelsey is getting to where she loves playing with them too. We woke up Saturday morning and opened presents as if it were Christmas morning. Then we stuffed ourselves silly with turkey, dressing and all the trimmings. It was a delicious meal and I loved sharing it with my family. After we ate, we relaxed, decorated cookies, played some games and watched the kids play. Drew, Shelly, Steve and I made it a late night with more games and a late night visit from the neighbors for even more fun. Sunday morning came too early, but we had to get a move on because our fantastic elves delivered tickets for us all to go to ICE at the Gaylord. Unfortunately, our visit was cut short because my big boy started feeling bad, so we missed out on ICE and came home for some much needed rest. It was a wonderful Christmas with my family. Love them all and I'm so thankful for every chance we get to spend with one another.
Ready to open presents

Kelsey's 1st Christmas

She wanted to open everyone's presents

Lots of gifts

She loved the paper

Excited about his gifts

Sweet kaylin

Riley boy

Yay for presents

Cookie time

Let's decorate

And eat a little

Silly pic

Preston's cookies

Riley still working hard

Minute to Win It game time

Too fun

Having a blast

Snowball fight (with ping pong balls)

More snowball fighting

Kinley's turn

All the beautiful cookies

Sleepy boys

Kels and Uncle Drew

Sweet kids at the Gaylord

Kelsey is 10 months old and Preston is 4!

Wow 10 months old already?! Unbelievable! We have had an eventful month, so not a whole lot to post here as most pictures I have this month pertain to a particular event that I will be posting about separately. A few updates on Kelsey... she is standing up on her own without holding on to anything and remaining standing for a few seconds. I think it is only a matter of time until she takes off walking! She still loves playing in the pantry while I'm cooking! This became even more evident as I spent a lot of the holidays in the kitchen! One of my favorite things she is doing now is yawning, very loudly! haha I love hearing her yawn, its as if she wants everyone in the room to know she's getting sleepy! Super cute! She also got baptized which was a very special day for us all (see separate post)! Her brother is still her favorite person, she wants to do everything he is doing and if she can't, she just wants to watch him do it. It's sweet! Preston is continuing to grow into a handsome young man! He's got his wink down, which I'm sure will come in handy when dealing with the girls in years to come. He is going to be such a little knock out! He also had his first Christmas Program. We were so proud of him and the incredible job he did (see separate post). He is really enjoying school. I knew this when he woke up one day and wasn't feeling great and I asked if he felt good enough to go to school and he said, "YES! I can't miss all the fun!" Makes me happy to know he is happy. Life is good, busy, but good! We are so blessed and so grateful for these two beautiful blessings!
Watching big brother play

A picture by Preston "Me and mommy"

Our tree is ready for gifts

We let Preston pick the color of our lights, red, green and white

Arts and crafts

Our handsome boy

Sassy girl ready to shop with mommy

He loves the carousel

HI mommy!

Sweet girl

He loves playing with his army men

Little pic with Gingy

My cute kids in their Christmas attire


So happy

Loves the train around the tree


Still likes dressing up

Caught trying to play with the tree

Ready to see Santa

Sweet kiddos with Santa, they were good this year!

Trip to the mall

Love these kids

The trains at North Park


At brothers Christmas party at school

Preston's Busy Bee class with Ms. Deb

My boy

Proud daddy excited to be at the party too

Such sweet children ready for their book exchange

Ready to open his book

Carson, Preston and Luke playing

Class picture (left to right): Carson, Sloan, Preston, Sophia, Marabella, Luke, Solomon, Halle and Maris

Preston, Solomon and Carson being silly

Sweet boy

She loves the presents under the tree

Cutie pie

Preston loves rearranging the nativity, I find it in a new position every day

My little baker in training

So cute

Happy girl