Friday, December 30, 2011

Christmas cookies

**Disclaimer--The quality of these pictures are terrible because I had to use my old camera.**

Christmas Eve Camille made cookies for the kids to decorate for Santa. She was one brave lady to let all those kids have free reign with all of the frosting, candy, sprinkles, etc. The kids totally loved it. While the kids were decorating, T.J. and Anthony played Family Feud on the phone and Mila and Tate crawled under the table and hung on to their prison gate. We had an amazing time and were so grateful to spend the evening with our good friends.

December/Christmas 2011

We had so much going on this month. First we started out by taking our lists to Santa to Macy's and mailing them in their big red mail box.

It also snowed a little bit so the kids went out to play,

T.J. got me this beautiful nativity this year. I have been wanting a nice one for a long time. I love it!

Topher had a Christmas party at school. He was so excited to wear his Santa hat. When he got inside the classroom they had a big blow-up Santa and Snowman. He also got to sit on Santa's lap. He was one happy boy!

On Christmas Eve we went to the Muglestons house for dinner. It was a great dinner, but the company was even better. Camille made Christmas cookies for the kids to decorate for Santa (pics in the next post). They had such a good time. When we got home, we opened our Christmas Eve gift. Jammies!! Then we did all of our fun traditions before bed.

When we woke up the next morning we found out that Santa had come to our house! The kids hadn't been too bad after all....I was a little worried. ;) The kids got what they wanted and more. It was a good morning. We enjoyed the rest of the day spending time together and relaxing. It was so nice.

Mila 10 months

This little girl is 10 months already!! I wish she would stop growing already! She is so fun and her personality is so cute. She is pulling herself up onto everything now and has started to let go and stand on her own. She hasn't gotten brave enough to take steps yet, but that's ok with me! She gets into everything now too. She opens cupboards, pulls books off the book case, tries to open the toilets and the fridge, and eats anything on the ground. I am pulling stuff out of her mouth all day. Her favorite things to do right now are take a bath and wait by the door for the kids after school. She has developed quite a temper now too. If something doesn't go her way, she throws herself backwards, or cries in the stink bug position. I think it is so funny. She makes things interesting everyday. We love our sweet Mila!

Trying to open the fridge,

Getting into my pots and pans.

Waiting for the kids to get home from school.

Getting a book read to her by Timmy.

Timmy's 3rd grade concert

Timmy had another concert. He sang a song about veterans in a small group . It turned out very nice.

Mila 9 months

Life has been so crazy lately and my blogging has taken a back seat. I missed posting about Mila at 9 months. She started pulling herself up on furniture, crawling really well and getting in to everything. She is still as cute as ever and so fun to have in our home.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Disney World Day 5 Epcot Center

Our last park to visit was Epcot. There wasn't a huge amount of rides that all of the kids could ride, so we rode all of the ones that didn't have a huge wait and then headed off to the countries portion of the park.

The kids at breakfast.

A cranberry pond

T.J. and Timmy in "England" in front of the telephone booths and a post boxes. We also had the most delicious fish and chips there.

They had the most beautiful gardens in "England" too.

Topher taking his daily nap.

Next we headed over to Japan or China. I can't remember which. We ate sushi there.

Next was Italy. We had a chocolate canoli there.

Then there was Mexico. We had to stop and have tacos.
We also stopped in Germany and had the most delicious chocolate fudge. It was so fun to see all the different countries and foods. We had a great trip. The kids enjoyed spending time with their Papa and Grandma too. It was the most exhausting vacation I have ever been on, but it was worth it!

Disney World Day 4 Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom was awesome! We really felt like we were in a different country. We went on a safari ride and saw to many cool African animals.

There was a mini showing of the Lion King that plays on Braodway. It was amazing! So entertaining and awesome! At the very end they pulled Timmy and Maura out of the audience to play an instrument and march around the stage. It was so cool! I'm just bummed none of pictures turned out very well. I am going to have to see that show the next time it comes to our area.

Another fun playground for the kids to play on.

Pounding on the drums.