Monday, December 29, 2014

December Fun

We had such a fun, busy December!  Some of the highlights include:

*Decorating our tree!

Rhett mostly ran around while we put the ornaments on, but Tim did get him to contribute a little by putting him on his shoulders.

Rhys LOVED decorating the tree, and probably put on 75% of the ornaments herself.

And that 75% was on the bottom third of our tree.  Our tree did not look amazing, and had some bare spots, but it was just perfect to me.

After the tree was decorated, we continued our family tradition of hot chocolate.  Nothing like wearing shorts and drinking hot chocolate in December.

*Going Christmas shopping as a family.  We had to take a quick picture before we left because I am in love with these new shirts I bought the twins.  Aren't they cute?

Taking a break in Toys R Us so Rhett could help Rhys with her necklace.

*We made a Gingerbread House!  There was lots of tasting and licking going on.  Next year, I will make sure we do this at another time other than right before bedtime.  And I will make sure daddy is home.  There may have been some structural issues with our house.  :)

Here is Rhett with the side of the roof he decorated.

And Rhys with her side.

The finished product.

*Several families from our church went Christmas caroling at a nursing home.  The kids passed out treats while we walked the halls and sang.   I remember doing this as a kid and I am hoping this is a tradition we continue with our family.

*Crafts!  We did a lot of holiday crafts this year, but the kids really enjoyed painting these little ornaments I bought.

Look at the concentration!

We had such a fun December!  More posts coming up soon including Sea World, a trip to the Riverwalk, and of course Christmas!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Pancakes with Santa

Our church puts on an annual "Breakfast with Santa" event each December.   R&R thought it was so funny that they were wearing their pajamas up to the church building!

The pancake ("panpake") bar did not disappoint......gummy bears, M&Ms, chocolate syrup, whip cream, and all kinds of goodies.   

We were so excited that sweet friends Aiden and Adeline were able to join us again this year!

The kids checking out the fireplace!

R&R were not so sure about sitting on Santa's lap again.  There were several families in line in front of us, so they were able to see the routine.  Rhys noticed right away that there was a basket of candy canes that Santa was handing out after each visit and picture.  This was enough to keep her interest.

Aiden and Adeline took their pictures right before us, so before they got off Santa's lap, R&R joined in for a group picture.

Rhys was a little nervous, but did it.  She was so proud of herself.  Rhett asked Santa for a bear.  Yes, a live bear.  And Rhys asked for a baby.

Had a fun time with all of our church family and friends!  Thank you Northside Church of Christ for loving our kids so well and giving us fun memories!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Poor Neglected Blog...

So yeah, maybe I have been neglecting this blog.  Five months without a post.  Oops.

 I love writing/blogging.  I love documenting life, especially with pictures, and I really love recording memories that may soon be forgotten.

I have no good excuse as to why this blog has been stagnant.

Am I too busy?  Lazy?  Just distracted?  I'm not sure.

Today I decided that I wanted to start again.  So, helloooooooo.....  Is anyone still out there?

Of course, I make no promises.  It is only THE busiest time of the year.  Our calendars are full of parties and play dates, cookie exchanges and Santa visits.  My laundry has formed mountains in the hallway, I can see paint splattered on the kitchen blinds (thanks to a crazy finger-painting Rhett last week), and the tubs of Christmas stuff?  Yes, they are still stacked all over the living room, with random items from them strewn around the house.  I do have two eager helpers, ya know!

Not to toot my own horn over here, but we did put up our tree BEFORE Thanksgiving this year.  It might not have anything on it yet, but hey, the tree is up.  I'm not sure the kids even know that we have more to do on the tree.  They think it is beautiful as is!  We will hopefully finish the decorating this week, but if you do happen to see us in the next few days (or weeks), please don't ask the kids if they decorated the tree yet.  We will blow up social media when that tree is finished.

It's good to be back.  If you keep reading, I promise to keep writing.

More updates coming soon.  In the meantime, a few recent pictures of R&R.