Saturday, December 29, 2012

Christmas Day

 The peaceful glow of the tree.

 B's not-so-peaceful reaction when he
opened up his ipod.

 W's camera

C's new princess bike.
Cutest. present. ever.

Andrew's gift that he will hopefully be able to use 
in nine months when he's recovered from ACL surgery.  D'oh!

 I'm going to Wicked!

We spent the day in jammies, playing with our gifts, hanging out, watching lots and lots of NBA.  Perfect.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Oh, how I love this time of year.  

*Santa visit*
I'm not one to take my kids to the mall to visit Santa,
and this year, we found him taking a nap in our backyard!

He brought one of his elves along, too.

Brandon wasn't home, so Santa left this for him.
He informed us that B was on the naughty list.  Uh oh.

*Family Photos*
 For the first time in, let's see, seven Christmases,
Andrew didn't have to do tithing settlement after church.
Woo hoo!
I could get a family photo in our Christmas finery.

 Nothing cuter than little (and even not-so-little) girls 
in their Christmas dresses.

*Gingerbread House Night*

B-train went with a Hobbit theme.
Gummi bear elves trying to get in the door.

The inside with torches, a table, chairs.
Very detailed.

Whit's tee-pee
She has caught on to the fact that she gets to eat all the candy
she uses to decorate.  She was definitely maximizing her candy usage.

Andrew's creation:
Santa's throne.

Caroline worked together on a kit.

Here's the side C decorated herself.

*Christmas goodies*
 I had fun baking up a storm.
Peanut butter blossoms

Pretzel hugs

Pretzel turtles

And the rest of the family helped me make the tags 
and assemble the goody plates to deliver to friends.

*Christmas Eve*
 Cooked up a yummy, yummy dinner.
 I don't think I've ever had four pots on the stove at the same time.
In my life.

A new addition to the menu this year:
Crab legs!
Andrew, Brandon, and Whitney were in heaven.
I'm their new favorite person.

 We also had shrimp, artichokes, mac and cheese, corn,
mashed potatoes, rolls, and red & white jello salad.
 Sooooooo good.

 When dinner was over, I was reminded of why I
never cook that many dishes at the same time.  
Sheesh.  My sink overfloweth.
I'm still making my way through that mountain.

After dinner, we acted out the nativity.
 Drew was the donkey, as usual.

Care Bear was a wise man.

I got to be the angel.

 Jumping for joy
 in their new Christmas jammies.
We started a new tradition this year, having the kids do extra
chores to earn the money to buy gifts for each other.
It went really well.  I loved seeing them sacrifice for each other.
And the house was cleaner than it's ever been!
We decided to let them open those sibling gifts on Christmas Eve.

Ready for bed.
The anticipation is palpable!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Our little ballerinas

Both girls have been working hard in ballet class.  They love it.  We got to see the fruits of their labors at a Christmas recital.  It was so fun to see them up on stage.  Caroline was grinning from ear to ear.  Whitney took her routine seriously and I could see the look of concentration on her face.

Before the recital could start,
the girls had their hair

and make-up done.

Then a little stretching.

And warming up.

Then they took their seats and waited for their turn on stage.

Caroline went first.

We had never seen the whole dance, so we thought this was the end,
but the best was yet to come:

LOVE that ending!!

Then we enjoyed Whit's part in the Waltz of the Snowflakes

She is growing into such a long and lean girl! 

For the finale, all of the students performed
The Twelve Days of Christmas together.


We are so lucky to have Miss Shelley to teach these girls.  
 She is amazing.

 A few more photos of the evening

 So proud of these two!