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Christmas Eve was spent at home busy getting the last minute things ready for Christmas. I was getting Christmas dinner prepped, etc. The kids mostly just relaxed and wrapped a few last minute things. And helped Daddy wrap my stocking stuffers when he got home from work.
Here they are with their Christmas Eve gift. They got some of our favorite books that I even had to time to sit and read to them on Christmas Eve! I was so thankful for that time to just sit and read to them. Dad stopped by to see our tree. We are a fraser fir family, so for us to branch out (haha, get it, “branch out”??) and get a white pine was a big deal! As you can see from the wet coat and some wet hair, Christmas Eve was rainy! Mom or Brooke discovered that our pizza place was doing 50% off everything you ordered, so we decided to order some pizza for our Christmas Eve dinner and keep it simple. That was such a big help to me! Made for a more relaxing evening for sure. I get my love for wrapping gifts from my Mom and Mimi H. I think it makes such a difference when the gifts are wrapped nicely. When I get them all laid out and organized, I like to just sit and admire them. I can appreciate the work that goes into it. That might sound crazy, but that’s ok. By 9:30 pm, I had all the gifts neatly placed under the tree and stockings were stuffed. If you know me well, you know that is huge. It is usually 1 or 2 in the morning before I get everything done. This was a welcome change. I’m learning where to simplify things and that is really helping.Christmas Eve is an exciting time around this place!
Today we celebrated Gracie’s 11th birthday!!
Gracie wanted a tie dye party! And a tie dye party she had! He is not trying to give a peace sign. He is telling me he has three tie dye shirts now. On Friday, the kids and I tie dyed shirts to wear for the party! They all did their own shirts and they came out great! That’s another blog post for another time! Appetizers! Twice baked potatoes, chips and dip and veggies and dip. Please note the veggies are in red, orange, yellow, green order. I couldn’t readily find blue or purple vegetables. Party favors and sidewalk chalk for the kids to play with. Ava, Dunk and Quinn We had chili, two kinds of cornbread, and salad. The twice baked potatoes were sort of a part of the meal, but I served them as an appetizer. Enjoying the beautiful weather and lunch on the back porch. We were discussing here where to open the presents and Uncle Sam was telling Gracie something Grandpa had taught in church last night about how “it is better to give, than to receive”. In other words, she should share her presents. He was just teasing, of course. Playing with the goatsEthan and Grandie playing hillbilly horseshoes! Ethan won!Present time!These two were soaking up the sun!LOVE this shirt! (from Grandie and Grandpa!) She is my only brown-eyed girl!Gracie asked for a bird book for her birthday, so I took that and ran with it. We got her a nice bird book, a pair of binoculars, a bird feeder, a bird call, and a bird house that we can suction to her window and, Lord-willing, watch a bird make a nest! I am so excited about this!Cake time!
I will do another post on the making of this cake. This was a true labor of love. And I was so happy to do it. But, man, for the non-cake maker, this one just about put me over the edge! BUT, I did it and truly did enjoy doing it for my Gracie Girl!Fruit Pizza.Sweet Birthday Girl!Tie Dye Family! I even had a tie dye skirt on that you can’t see! The kids and I had lots of fun making the shirts (the skirt I already owned) and that will also be a separate blog post, oh sometime next October probably. Haha.It was a little windy so Dad and Dunk were trying to block the wind while Sam lit the candles.I was really happy with the way the cake turned out.Uncle Sam and Henry. Look at all his hair!So sweet…..Love these girls!Henry meeting Ava. Sweet Ava GayleMimi and Brandt were chatting it up in the background! Later on after Brandt left, Mimi said, “It was so nice to talk with Brandt. We never get a chance to talk.” AwwwwGetting my baby fix!I just love this picture. Henry is hanging over Judy’s shoulder. So cute!!Birthday girl!Another cake picture. Just because.The party favors!Quinn enjoying his lollipopMe and my tie-dyed, brown-eyed girl!!!!I would only wear tie dye on top of tie dye for my daughter’s tie dye birthday party!Happy Birthday, Grace Elizabeth!
You are growing into such a nice young lady! We are proud of you and all that you do to serve here at home and to serve at church. We are thankful that you are a part of our family. You add so much joy to our lives! We had a wonderful day celebrating YOU!!!!
We love you very much!!
Monday evening, December 22, 2014, we babysat Ava and Bailey so Sam and Lindsey and Brooke and Brian could go out for dinner. Ummm, actually let me re-phrase that a little…….Sam and Lindsey and Brooke and Brian went out to eat so that Aunt Jen and Uncle Sam (and their children) could watch their two nieces (cousins) at the same time!! This is how the little angel Ava arrived! Haha! That was Grace’s hat when she was a baby. SO, basically this post is just Ava and Bailey overload! Enjoy!! Can you tell yet who is the relaxed, “just chilling out” baby and which one is the busy body (hint: legs straight up in the air)?! Look at those sweet faces!! I can’t believe my two baby sisters each have a beautiful baby girl! We are so blessed. Everyone got their turn holding them. Yes, I did share. Reluctantly. 😉 I was in my glory holding both at the same time! Ava just needed her paci! I was sniffing in all the baby goodness I could get! Poor Bailey! Uncle Sam loves to tease! Reading them a story……. I love how in the above picture Bailey is looking at the book and then in the one below she is watching Uncle Sam. Ethan is so good with them….I know this one is blurry but I loved it anyway. Grace had just put Ava to sleep. And Lyvie was doing a good job keeping Bailey happy.When the two couples got back, we had dessert and coffee together. It was super duper fun! I made cheesecake with raspberry or cherry topping and a Sea Salt Flourless Chocolate Cake.We just hung out and had fun visiting. And played with the babies.I love Bailey smiling up at Aunt Lindsey. And Brian working on the puzzle.
These two were chattin’ it up!Can you tell which baby is which??They were squinting their eyes when they brought them close together. That was such a fun night! Thanks, Lou and Boo, for letting us babysit your sweet baby girls!!!!
This picture was taken 8 years ago today on April 16, 2007!
I had sent the three kiddos up to start getting ready for bed and when I came upstairs this is what I found. They had gotten into the chalk on the easel and in this picture they knew they were in big trouble. Ethan was standing next to them saying, “I didn’t do anything!”And this is when I couldn’t hold the laughter in any longer and they felt it was safe to smile and giggle about it also!Oh, the memories!