Skip to main content

Christmas Part Two





























We arrived late in the evening with no significant events on the way to Dallas.  All of the kids were still awake and so Gabby immediately began playing.  We let them stay up for an hour while we visited with Grandma and Grandpa and then everyone went to bed. The next day was Christmas Eve and a very eventful day.  By 10:00 a.m. Aunt Donna, Uncle Kenneth, Leslie and Michael and their kids, and Megan and Zach were all at the house visiting with us.  The kids basically all became reacquainted and then they enjoyed pizza. It was a short but nice visit. After that they had to leave for church and it was time for us to get ready for church.  We met Aunt Sharon and Uncle Lee at their church and worship the reason for the season, Jesus.  Then we ALL headed back to Grandma and Grandpa's house to enjoy a wonderful family dinner and a time of relaxation.

Before bedtime Reagan read the kids the story of Jesus being born directly from the Bible and she did very well.  Finally we put the kids to bed, but Mommy and Daddy forgot to allow Gabby to put milk and cookies out for Santa! So we scooped her up out of bed and had her put out cookies and milk for Santa.  The kids went to bed easily because they played hard and were worn out.  While waiting for all of the kids to fall asleep to ensure Santa could come, the adults (all except Grandpa) and Catie played Cards Against Humanities.  We laughed so hard we spit out drinks and our sides hurt. It was a fun and memorable event.  Finally around 1:00 a.m. the adults went to sleep ready to see what Santa would bring.

The next morning the kids awoke at a reasonable hour, around 8:00 a.m. and once we had all of the adults corralled we allowed the kids to go down stairs and begin passing out their gifts.  The kids loved opening their gifts. It was an hour of ooohs and ahhhs.  Each kid showing their excitement for their special gifts.  Once all of the gifts were opened, we all enjoyed breakfast together and then the kids had the day to do as they please.  Michael and Uncle Lee were both pretty sick so they just laid around in their pajamas for most of the day.  The cold did not stop Michael from a full on Nerf gun war with the girls.  There were lots and lots of giggles and squeals. It was quite hilarious.  Gabby and I went on a little walk just the two of us.  We also made cotton candy with Gabby's cotton candy machine and went for a ride to look at Christmas lights.  It was a great Christmas.  The only thing more we could have asked for would have been Gabby's wish for snow to come true! We are so blessed to have such a lovely family.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Rock Star Party

Gabby's party was everything she imagined it.  The 22 girls enjoyed getting their hair and make up done.  Then they all put on their head set microphone and then headed onto stage and enjoyed performing their favorite songs.  The girls seemed to really like the party that Gabby planned.  After cake and gifts the girls went back to the stage for an encore (or 5).  A few of the moms at the party even attempted to escape from one of our escape rooms.  Gabby seemed to love having the run of Escape Artist and showing off the rooms to all of her friends.  It is amazing how many people love and care for Gabby.  We are so grateful for all of the friends and fun that was had at her party!  













Happy Father's Day!

Father's Day was a relaxing day.  Michael has been working extremely hard building things at the escape room.  We decided to spend the day with his best friend.  It was a fun and relaxing day enjoying the kids and cooking burgers.  I think these pictures depict our day:







I think Gabby knows that she is so blessed to have such a loving, caring, involved fun Daddy.  I know that I am lucky to have such an amazing partner sharing this crazy life of parenting and making memories.  We love you Michael and we both feel so blessed for the ways you choose to so your love.  You make our lives amazing.  Love you.

Deep In the Heart of Texas!

Gabby's dance recital theme this year was "Texas."  Gabby's tap and jazz class chose "Deep In the Heart of Texas!"  Gabby worked extremely hard to learn her dance over the past two months and I must say she did amazing! I loved watching her put on a big smile and shake her hips in her tutu while pumping her heart in the dance.  She did very well and seemed so confident while performing on stage (although that wasn't truly the case).



Yesterday at the dress rehearsal Gabby heard people laughing (because her dance is so stinking adorable) and Gabby was very upset that people were laughing at her.  I calmed her down after ensuring her everyone loved their dance and were just being interactive because they were enjoying singing along \the song and clapping when while singing.  They ran through their dance twice on stage and did amazing the second time, but I think the fact that they ran through their dance twice made Gabby feel like they weren't doing i…