I wasn't planning to share more Christmas pictures, but I found these from Christmas Eve and decided there was no choice but to post them.
Mom brought her famous sugar cookies to ice and decorate and let the kids help out. She enlisted Dad's help. The kids had a blast although I'm pretty sure Mom and Dad were ready to just call it a day and go to bed when they finished.
Have you seen a cuter chef?
William was slightly quieter
Our tradition for Christmas Eve is to attend a Christmas Eve service and then come home for appetizers. Because of freezing rain, we had to skip the service, but appetizers were definitely still on the agenda. I actually have food pictures, but thought I'd spare you all the details.
They'll kill me for this.
The group. Notice the Sequence game already on the table. The theme for the week during each meal was to let the kids eat on a blanket in the living room with a Christmas-themed TV show while the adults ate at the table and played Sequence.
Mom and Dad always read to the kids at bedtime. Apparently, mom and Camden thought something was really funny.
This is what Uncle Michael thought of it all. In his defense, he'd been working all day (he's a UPS driver).
We always take a quick picture before bedtime in their Christmas p.j.'s.
And the whole group of munchkins.
Seriously, this is all the Christmas pictures I'm going to post. Promise.
Very little stuck to the ground (until last night), but there were large fluffy flakes most of the day. The kids ran outside to catch snowflakes with their tongues for a mere 5 minutes, but I think it was long enough for them to thoroughly enjoy themselves.
Since this is our last Tennessee Christmas, we decided it was time to head to Opryland Hotel to see the Christmas lights. Unfortunately, the entire state of Tennessee had the same idea.
Rory hitched a ride.
Rory and Grandma at the poinsettia tree.
Camden eagerly awaiting the light show that never happened. Long story.
Our two munchkins
No children were harmed during this photo shoot, but it was a close call.
Today's agenda originally included passing out some Christmas bags to the homeless downtown and attending a Christmas Eve service, but sleet and snow are in our forecast and we've declared ourselves officially snowed in. After a walk this morning, multiple games of Sequence, and a whole lot of goodies, we're settling in for a quiet evening. Well, as quiet as it can be in a house with three 4-year olds, one 7-year old, and eight adults. Hope your week has been as fun as ours.
Today was Rory's date day, and despite all the activities I mentioned to her, she really wanted to see Tangles (a.k.a. Tangled). She was so funny as she giggled and danced her way through the movie. She kept saying, "I just wuv this movie. It's hiwawious" (hilarious). Considering she mentioned it about every 10 minutes throughout the day, I'm pretty sure the prospect of skipping naptime was almost as exciting as the date.
I decided to have Camden take a quick picture of us before we left instead of taking the camera. This is what happens when a 7 year old is in charge of the pictures.
We've done this "date" thing with the kids a couple of times now since Rory has been home, and I'm always surprised by how much they adore the alone time with us. I highly recommend it!
Our weekend started with our afternoon with Camden Friday. We took him to Target to do a little shopping for Rory before the movie. Something we started this year was taking each kid not only on a date, but letting them choose something for each other for Christmas. It's a way for them to do something nice for each other and I tried to make both of them to really think through what would make the other happy. With a $5 limit, of course. Camden was pretty enthralled with Voyage of the Dawn Treader and was literally on the edge of his seat the entire time. Brian fell asleep so that tells you how he felt about it. I thought it was fun, but not nearly as good as the first two.
Really, could I have taken a worse picture? One of these days I'll start leaving the tiny purse camera at home and lugging around the big girl all the time.
This cracks me up. He's so skinny, he still doesn't really hold the seat down on his own. We kept teasing him about getting one of the toddler booster seats.
We finished Friday night up with pizza at Gram and Gramp's house. Saturday I ran to Nashville for a haircut, then came home to a sick husband and a whole lot of housework in preparation for this week. Saturday night was a white elephant party and provided a much-needed little break from housework (and kids).
Sunday Brian decided he needed to go back to the doctor and we discovered he has strep. Again. For the second weekend in a row. Seriously. Sunday night was the kid's Christmas program followed by a Christmas party at church, and Brian had to miss it.
I have a whole lot of really bad pictures (seriously, how do you take pictures in a church at night?), but I thought this one kind of said it all: Camden's earnest face, Rory hamming it up.
Although I do have to include this one. When the kids lined up, Rory immediately started directing and telling them what to do. I know you find that hard to believe.
And one more because it's the only one (from a photography standpoint) that was actually in focus and with good white balance, etc. I think they all look pretty adorable.
Here's also a small video, but I'm just saying listen/watch at your own risk.The singing yelling is just a tad out of control.
We've also started our Christmas family visits. Micah, Becky, William, and Xavier (or the Derby tornado as we like to call them) arrived Sunday afternoon. The three boys have already sustained injuries from all the wrestling, and Rory is already acting out because "they won't pway wif me."Unfortunately, she does tend to get left out of all cousin activities because she's younger than all of them. Not to mention they're boys who love Star Wars not little girl cousins/sisters.
And, finally, several of you have emailed me about Rory's hat in this post. Rory's hats come almost exclusively from Briar Claire Etsy shop, but this one I purchased several years ago (maybe before she was even home) from this shop.