Sunday, December 28, 2014

Falalalala --- our Christmas recap.

We had such a great holiday season, though, I will admit that I was constantly shaking the bah-humbug feeling all month long.  This has never happened before (I LOVE the holidays), but at the end of the day we just overcommitted and over scheduled.  There was just a lot going on.  Going to avoid this next year.  I expect you guys to remind me of this come November 2015. 

Even though I struggled with the bah-hugbugness of it all, I must admit that Christmas as a parent is sooo much fun. Here are some of my favorite snaps of our holiday season that I definitely wanted to document here.

First up, the hubby's company throws a kids' holiday party each year.  Here are our pics from it, complete with a Santa pic.  

Now that Miss Hadley has more hair and that it's actually growing, we can see the curls in the back of her hair.  In love!  She is finally letting me play with her hair some.  First pigtails coming later here. 

Preston teased the Grinch. 

Hadley clearly wasn't a fan of Santa, but we threw her on Santa's lap again later that day.  Ha!

Then there was our Sunday School Christmas party.  Love this group of people!

He needed a new helmet.  So why not a teenage mutant ninja turtle helmet? And why not wear it 24/7 and not just when on his bike?

So other randoms ... 

Hadley likes to climb.  She is my climber.  No worries, though, big brother to the rescue.  Really, he wanted to make sure she kept her hands off of Zelf (our elf on the shelf) who was hanging out just inches above her in his stocking. 

This picture will always make me smile because any time he has his Buzz Lightyear pjs on, he will point push the buttons on the shirt and say "Star Command, star command, come in, come in."  Another button makes him jump in place. Love his imagination!

See, pigtails!!!!!!

Now Christmas ... 

 Pigtails, again!

Santa came early on Christmas eve to give each child some special gifts. 

This is Hadley's version of a hug.  Her hugs are pretty darn awesome. 

Santa came to our house. 

Learning all about her new kitchen!

This gift, though, was the hit of the year!  I asked him if he wanted to name it.  Of course he did --- and of course, it's name is Polar Express.  He watches it for hours --- stopping every once and a while to "pick up the kids."

He is digging his new superman backpack. 

Christmas Day was beautiful --- we enjoyed some much needed sunlight and mimosas on the culdesac.  I love this pic of all the parents watching the kiddos play. 

And, finally, I adore how he says caboose. I hope he says it this way forever ;)

Phew, that was a lot of catching up over the past week.  Now I have a 4 year old birthday party to throw on Saturday. {{tear}}  I promise I will be more diligent in updating the blog next year. 

Friday, December 26, 2014

Catching up.

Determined to update this ol' blog of mine before the end of the year. I've been so neglectful.

First up, documenting Halloween 2014.   Happy Owl-o-ween! Since Hadley was an itty bitty baby, I've always thought that she would be an owl for her first birthday.  I never mentioned it, though, and one day we were all playing in P's room when I asked him what he wanted to be for Halloween. I was floored when he said an owl.  So I took it and ran with it.  Matching (homemade) owls they were. I realize this will likely be the only year they will ever match.  Boys will be boys and girls will be girls from here on out, I suppose.

Next up, Thanksgiving. My dad and brother came to our house for the day. Just like the rest of the fall, Hadley was just getting over a virus (a virus with an all-time-high-for-this-house, 105.3 fever) and Preston was running a low grade temp all of Thanksgiving day.  sigh

Hadley treating herself to the pink salad!

And finally, this post wouldn't be complete without an update from our yearly Cardiology appointment. We went the week before Thanksgiving.  Just like the past few years, Preston got a great report. Thank you, Jesus! His cardiologist commented that perhaps his aortic valve is a tad bit more leaky than before, but at the end of the day she again has no concerns for the time being and said she would see us again in a year.  So grateful for The Big Man's provision over P's little life.  

celebratory lunch afterwards complete with a new train for the good little patient. 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas 2014!

So now that our holiday cards have hopefully hit all mailboxes ... 

Merry Christmas!

Thank you, Minted, for supplying our holiday cards this year.  

We be holidaying ... with Adam Levine.

If I die tomorrow then I'll die a happy woman because I saw Maroon 5 and Adam Levine at the hubby's company Holiday party on 12.13.14. 

Each year we spend the night in The Woodlands for said holiday party (the company pays for a portion of the hotel room plus there's free booze so we don't think of driving). The Gerkin and I always enjoy our night alone, kid-free, and this year was no exception.  I definitely enjoyed my company (the hubs and Kristy from Seven Graces), buuut Adam Levine was in the house and I might adore him a little bit.  

The hubs is fully aware of my love affair with Mr. Levine --- he's come to terms with it. In fact, lovely hubby kept snapping pics of me during the concert because I couldn't stop smiling from ear to ear. 

Anyhow, back to the preshow for a second. We did some mock gambling with these lovelies.  About 45 minutes before Maroon 5 was said to come on we all decided to "go all in" and we lost our butts.  We took that as a sign, and it was then we decided to go into the concert hall.  Good thing we did because it was filling up fast, but we snagged some space at the corner of the stage and stood our ground.  There were some feisty women there, and I'm quite certain that one feisty little grandma fighting her way to the front had absolutely no idea who Adam Levine was prior to this night.  :)

Kristy and I plus our DryBar blow outs!

Now for the good part. Here are the 243 pictures I snapped of Adam plus my combined video footage   from the night. Eat your heart out, ladies! 


My apologies for the poor sound.  We were right beside the speaker which means the Gerkin's selective hearing just got way worse. 

So fun! Love you, Gerkin and AL! 

Not sure how his company will ever top this party!

Then, the glory of it all, is that we walked right up to our room for a good night's sleep with no little people or dogs in our bed.  Dare I say that I missed them all, though. 

We be believing ... on the Polar Express.

We finally took Preston to ride the Polar Express in Palestine this year.  I do not lie when I say that Polar Express has been his favorite movie for years now --- even in July when it's too hot to even dream about Christmas.  So this was long overdue for our train-loving dude, but the time was right for our family. 

Preston loved every minute.  

He spent a good part of fifteen minutes running up and down the tracks when we got there, his copy of Polar Express for Santa to sign in tow. 

Hadley loved dancing on the table (hopeful that this is not a sign of what's in her future).  And she and I fought over that bow in her hair all afternoon.  

When we got to the North Pole, they turned out the lights on the train before driving through all the lights.  We could see Santa waving to us from outside the train.  Then over the intercom they said, "Close your eyes and make a wish and maybe Santa will come on board."  I looked across the table to see P squeeze his eyes shut for a few seconds.  I have no doubt he willed Mr. C on that train. :)

Mr. C was very intentional with the kids --- I loved this!  He went slow, gave them each a bell, talked to them, and took pictures with them.  Preston later told me that Santa said he was nice. Then Mr. C signed his copy of the Polar Express. I'm telling you this was a dream come true for this little dude. 

We enjoyed hot chocolate and cookies, but we mostly ate the homemade cookies that one of my patients made and brought to us (she lives in Palestine and jumped at the opportunity to come meet my kiddos --- I have the best patients friends).   I love this next picture --- that mug of hot cocoa is bigger than his face but he's determined to do it on his own.

It was such a fun experience, and I'll hold these memories close for a LONG time.  I love Christmas through the eyes of a child.  There's nothing better.

Thanks, Uncle Bubba, for riding along with us.