Friday, December 30, 2011

Success!

Rob has worked very hard this winter to get a backyard skating rink. 
Today is finally cold enough that the rink is frozen and ready for skating.
Trevor does not skate nearly as much as Nolan, but I think he is going to enjoy practicing.
Nolan was thrilled.  I think he will be spending a lot of time out on this rink, weather permitting.
Thanks, Rob, for working so hard to get this rink set up for the boys!

Monday, December 26, 2011

A Very Merry Christmas {2011}

Magical
Surprise
Joy
Cheer
Wonder
Reflection
Merry
Love
Bright
Innocence
Pleasure
The day was truly more than I could have imagined.  My family and I are blessed beyond belief.  My heart is so full and this Christmas will be one that will live on in my mind forever.  It was truly a magical day!
Merry Christmas and warm wishes for a wonderful 2012.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

The Night Before Christmas

The Night before Christmas was spent with delicious food, holiday cheer, good friends and family. 
Triplets, my bestie, mom and I thought it would be funny to all wear the same sweater.
We played, a family tradition, the forehead game.  Good times.  We had Michael Jackson, Lawrence Welk, Justin Beiber and even Santa.
And, my mom is going to kill me for posting this, but Christmas Eve is not complete until my mother dances the Nutcracker Suite for all of us. 
After the festivities, we went to bed with warm hearts and excited anticipation for Christmas Day.
Someone was not into having his picture taken, he was bored to sleep.  haha.
It truly is the most wonderful time of the year!

Friday, December 23, 2011

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year


All the hustle and bustle is done, now it is time to enjoy the most wonderful time of the year.  I am so excited to see the magic and joy through my children's eyes and to share holiday cheer with family and friends.  I am so incredibly blessed to have such a loving, fun family to spend the holidays with.  I hope you and yours have a very memorable holiday.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas Decorations

I love to take pictures of the house during the holidays.  I picture my kids 29 years from now looking back and reminiscing about Christmas past.
This is our main tree.  Every year we chop down a tree.  I love the smell and the look of a fresh tree.  We also have 4 artificial trees, one in each of the boys rooms and one in the playroom.
I am in love with my mantel this year.  In past years I have decorated with greens but this year I wanted something different.  I love the colors and the whimsy of the mantel this year.  I would like something to hang on the mirror, but have not found the perfect thing yet... that may wait until next year.
Our stockings are hung, but not on the mantel this year. 
Our bar stools are dressed in their Christmas best.
Our entry way and a greens display in the room with the main tree.

Merry Christmas!!!

Monday, December 12, 2011

The Weekend

We had a busy, but fun weekend.
We did our annual cookie decorating.  The boys really got into it this year.
Nolan liked to eat each cookie he decorated.
The cookie Trevor is most proud of!
All I can say is frosting on the face and eyelashes.  What I would give to have lashes like this.
We attempted a gingerbread house but it toppled over while we were decorating.  Oh, well... it was fun while it lasted.  And nobody seemed to upset about the mishap.
We prepared the skating rink.  Hopefully with the cold nights we are having, we'll have ice soon.

We may have had a birthday celebration.  Yeah, not sure I am ready to turn another year older.
And finally, we mailed out our Christmas cards.  I love sending and receiving Christmas cards. 

Monday, December 5, 2011

Santa's Village


Griffin spends lots of time being on the sidelines of one of his brothers games or activities.  Yesterday was a special day just for Griffin.  My mom, TG and I took Griffin to Santa's Village.
It was a great day!  Griffin loved taking it all in.  He was very apprehensive about the rides, but really enjoyed them once he got on them.  My favorite ride of the day was the sleigh ride. 
We feed Santa's reindeer cookies.  They were so cute and sweet, too.
Griffin got to visit Santa's home.  Mrs. Clause welcomed us into their adorable home and gave us hot apple cider.
I was not sure how Griffin would do with Santa.  He has always liked him from a distance, but has never liked sitting on his lap.  This Santa was so sweet and Griffin did (with a little pushing from me) finally sit on his lap.
He told Santa that he wants beyblades and race cars for Christmas and wished him a Merry Christmas.
Griffin made this adorable reindeer shirt with his hand prints in the Elves Workshop and he refuses to take it off. 
It was so nice to do something just with Griffin.  I so adore my sweet baby boy!
It was a wonderful day spent with a few of my favorite people.  Gia and TG, thank you! 
It was a day I will cherish always!  Such sweet memories were made.
 
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