Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Happy Birthday Jesus!!!

Christmas Day was finally here. We stayed in all day, had an exciting and laid back morning and then begain preparing for Royce's family to come over in the afternoon. We cooked a turkey and birthday cake (sang to Jesus) and Maw-maw & Paw-paw (Phil & Jan) came over; Cathy, Jet, Jet & Lili came over and then later after their Christmas goings-on; Pat, Heather, Elijah & Haylie came by. It was a fun, fun day!

Santa ate some yummy cookies but left a few crumbs.Preston is trying to drink this candy cane!Opening stocking first for a change.I think he's getting the hang of it!Oh the excitement!Hannah looks so cuddlyYou are looking at new CSI Field Agent, Royce Phelps...hee heeOops, forgot to take a pic of the pretty bird BEFORE carving it.A glance at our Christmas table.Paw-Paw & Maw-MawJet & CathyRoyce & CourtneyPreston didn't last long at the table.Happy Birthday Jesus!A room full of family...and cute cousins! Haylie, Nathan, Elijah & Jet (R to L)Save the Cheerleader, Save the World?Funny boys played in the "Lego Room" for a long time.The "Lego Room" where Nathan can keep them away from Preston!

We hope you enjoyed looking at our many Christmas Day pictures, but more than that, we hope you had a very Merry Christmas! We are so thankful that God sent his only Son here to die for our sins. In every way possible we strived to teach the kids this year the true reason for this season - Jesus and we hope to maintain this same level of excitement throughout the year. As I'm typing this, I am reminded of a book I recently got because my Mothers of Preschoolers group talked about it, called The ADVENTure of Christmas. What a blessing this book has been to me! I highly recommend it to anyone, get it now to prepare for the next Christmas season and always. The book is available on Amazon at a reduced price - written by Lisa Welchel (Blair from The Facts of Life). Didn't mean to promote here, but hey - the book is well worth it!

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 24, 2007

Christmas Eve Dedication

Baby Lola was dedicated today. I was able to snag a couple of not-so-good photos from the event. We didn't last the whole service at Arcade Church because Preston wanted to run and scream. Lola looked so cute! She is being held by Lisa in the middle of the picture with Jeff to the right.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Oops, the day's not over yet!

Uncle David and Miss Telly (Kelly) stopped by right before bed with a special treat for the kids. Below are some cute pics of the kids all jamified & blissful.

More Christmas

We had a lovely Christmas today with my mom's side of the family. We all went over to my Grandma & Grandpa Fuller's house where they had prepared their home for all of us and everything was fun and festive. They also prepared a yummy Christmas dinner and we exchanged presents around the tree.

Behind Nathan is Auntie Em & Auntie Gracie with Hannah.The fam.Cutest little cheeser ever.Aunt Lisa with Jackson.top right to bottom left: Great Grandma Trudy, Great Grammy Fuller, Grandma & Lola.

Got the "ch" part of cheese!Royce getting piled up on.Lincoln & Nathan checking out Hannah's candy!Drinking milk and eating cookies....

Beautiful Girl in Church

Just sharing a beautiful picture of Hannah while she was sitting on Daddy's lap in church Sunday morning.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Christmas Begins

Today we celebrated Christmas with my dad's side of the family over at my sister Erin's house. We all had so much fun. Below are some pictures from the day!

The kids sang songs like Happy Birthday to Jesus with their crowns on after opening up their Christmas Crackers (thanks Deanna for introducing us to the crackers this year!). Grandma is orchestrating.
The twins, Carter & Cohen performed Feliz Navidad! so cuteMason & Nathan checking out what was inside their crackers.Lincoln playing with his surprise!Preston loving on Mom.Aww...Hannah got a pretty bracelet.
Preston opening up his first Christmas gift...

Friday, December 21, 2007

Santa Part 2

Well I said I would brave the mall again, and we did! Since Nathan missed Santa the first time, I took him back. Aunt Em & Aunt Gracie went with us to help and we were in line for about an hour! We tried it with Preston again and he took to it the same as the first time, only this time they didn't get a picture of him screaming. But we did get a cute one of Nathan & Hannah.

Nathan's Christmas Party

On Nathan's last day of Kindergarten in 2007 (Fri. Dec. 21) they had a "Night Before Christmas" party where they got to wear their pajamas to school, have a yummy breakfast together, party, exchange presents and carolling. He had a blast and so did Preston & Hannah in their PJs with the rest of the kids.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Christmas Cookie Making!

After a BUSY day (took the kids to McDonald's with their friends Esther & Leah after we picked up Nathan from school) we decided to tackle the sugar cookies we'd been meaning to get made and decorated. These are the same cookies that Santa later ate. The kids were so cute with their decorating skills and precise sprinkle placement.