Thursday, December 31, 2015

Merry Christmas!!

What a wonderful Christmas we had!  It's so hard to believe that it's already over.  We are certainly all VERY blessed!

Santa came!

Waiting SOOO patiently while Mommy took some pictures!

Let the tearing begin!  I think they were through all of their gifts in about 20 minutes!


Blaze Monster Trucks!!

Yay!  A pink leotard!!

This has been a HIT!!  Karaoke machine!

...and the #1 requested gift...EASY BAKE OVEN!!

B found his stocking by sniffing it out and then pulling the toy out really was pretty cute!

YAY!!  Santa found Everest!!!!

Singing, singing!

Large, pregnant Mommy stuffing her face with sticky buns...kiddos opening their gifts to each other.  Reagan got Landon a Minion Fart Gun (lovely!) and he really wanted this.  Landon got Reagan a hot pink Barbie car.

Reagan made this adorable little owl blanket for her baby sister.

Daddy loved this wrapping paper...I loved it too!

After presents were unwrapped, we had breakfast, played with toys and got ready to head to Mum-Mum and Pop-Pop's for more Christmas fun!  It didn't take long for the kiddos to want to get right into their piles of more gifts!

After the kiddos finished opening gifts, Landon started complaining of his leg hurting.  He gets growing pains often, so we put the heating pad on it and I thought that would help.  He kept complaining, was so whiney, which he really isn't I took him upstairs to rest.  Once we got upstairs I felt his forehead and he felt mom found a thermometer and his temperature was over 101!  OF COURSE I didn't bring any Tylenol or anything with me and nothing was open.  Thankfully Heather's mom, who lives so close by, had some Advil, so I went over to pick that up and by the time I got back Landon was already sound asleep.  He slept for about 3 hours and then woke up still warm and leg hurting, so I was finally able to convince him to take some medicine.  He went back to sleep for another hour and a half and when he woke up he was good as new!  I really think he was just so tired from the excitement of the week and the late nights.

The next day we played with new toys, Daddy put things together, and I TRIED to somewhat organize our disaster zone of a house.  ha!  Then it was time to head to Mum-Mum and Pop-Pop's for a bit to wish Pop-Pop a Happy Birthday!  We stayed there for about an hour and then headed to my dad's to celebrate Christmas with him.  We had a yummy dinner and had a good time hanging out!

yes, those are drums...a drum set...a PINK drum set! :)

LOVE this..."It's Christmas and we're all in misery" :)  CLASSIC!

Such a GREAT couple days celebrating with family.  What a wonderful Christmas!!  Now the countdown is REALLY on for baby girl!

Christmas Eve!

Christmas Eve 2015 and it was over 70*!  Crazy!  What a fun, busy, exciting day we had!!

The cuteness!

This cracks me up...poor Bailey!  Landon wanted to make sure he was looking at the camera ;)

We started our day with our neighbor friend gift exchange!  The kids all picked names and found treasures for their friends.  It was so sweet.  I wish I had gotten a picture of everyone!

Landon picked Jamison and was SO excited to have him!  He INSISTED that Jamison have this tractor...he loved it!

...and some DinoTrux books!

Bella had Landon and he got an awesome Monster Truck and puzzle.

Liam had Landon H and he got the same as my Landon!  The Stringers had "the Landons."

Landon H. had Reagan and got her some of the cutest things!  She loved the scarf, fleece lined leggings, and all the notepads/pens too!

Reagan had Bella!

We finished our gift exchange and headed to West Grove for the noon Christmas Eve service again.  I love the time of the service and it's designed for kids, so it was quick and very kid friendly!  It took us 2 hours round trip to get there and the service was about 30 minutes, but we are glad we went!

Once we got home we opened up Christmas Eve jammies.  It was classic this year because Reagan wrapped her own :)  I had them in the box and she wanted to wrap, so I said go for it!

She loved them...

...he, at first, was not a fan!  NICE!

Landon picked out these "money" jammies for Daddy because "he likes money, but doesn't like when you spend it Mommy!"

After jammies we headed to the Stringers for their Christmas Eve party for a little bit before it was time to head to Cantwells to meet my dad, Jamie, Michael, Aunt Linda, Uncle Gus, Em, and Jake.  We had an early reservation and everything was delish!

After dinner we had everyone over for dessert again, which was so nice.  The kids went to bed close to 9, REALLY late, but were SOOO excited for Santa they could hardly stand it!

Merry Christmas Eve to ALL and to ALL a GOOD NIGHT!!!


The day before Christmas Eve we had to have one last BIG cooking baking day, especially because we ate all the other cookies and needed some for Santa the next night!

We started at 8am....and baked A.L.L. day! :)  It was fun, but I was just a smidge exhausted!

my crazy, cute helpers!

Who doesn't love eating cookie dough at 8:15 in the morning?!

We made lots of cookies and pretzels with Hershey Kisses on them...our "cheat" of pre-made dough was the gingerbread.  They LOVED decorating them!

...and they finished off our baking adventures with some wheelbarrow!

Such a fun baking day with my favorite little helpers!!