Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

Hoping you find joy, love and peace this holiday season!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

5 more days

I feel like I'm not prepared this year. I still have shopping and wrapping to do... menus to plan. I'm not exactly sure when it will all get done, but it always does.

The kids are officially out of school. Yesterday they were getting on each others nerves terribly. This might be a long two weeks.

Here are some pictures from their Christmas party at school last week. The girls made gingerbread houses.

I'm the homeroom mom in Abby's class and we did these cute little snowman ornaments. I went in a few days before the party and did the kid's hand prints on the ornament, and then they decorated them at the party. I thought overall they turned out pretty cute, except for the kids who just decided to paint over their hand print and name with black paint.

Here's all the kids with their teachers. They are awesome!! We couldn't ask for better teachers this year. They are all so sweet and challenge our kiddos. LOVE THEM!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas Karaoke

One of Cole's favorite things to do is find the TV remote and press as many buttons as he can... we he somehow stumbled upon the Santa channel. They have games, music, and I think on Christmas Eve you can even track where Santa is.

So every night (and morning lately) the Christmas music is on... and it is loud.

I must have had my finger on my phone speaker... but the kids love singing and dancing around to the Christmas music. Sorry in advance if this makes you dizzy...

How I wish I could bottle up their energy! They seriously did this for over and hour... back and forth, back and forth! Oh and yes, if you've never noticed Abby still walks/dances/runs on her tip toes. We are trying to work on it. Easier said than done.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Super Speller

Austin participated in the school spelling bee yesterday. He ended up losing to some 4th grade kids on a word that he knew.... he added an extra letter in the word and knew immediately he made a mistake. The spelling bee was in front of the entire 3rd & 4th grade - he asked before school that morning if anyone ever died of being so nervous. HA! I was nervous too! I couldn't even hold the video camera straight when he was on stage. He did awesome though. Next month he will perform in the district UIL competition. I think Austin spells better than some high school kids. We are so proud of our boy!!

I thought we were done with soccer this year... but got a call from one of the coaches asking if Austin could play in a weekend tournament in South Houston. It was the first time he has ever "played up" and he did great.... mainly played defense so he didn't score any goals.

One of the games was in the evening. He felt like a professional playing under the stadium lights.

The whole family joined

It was a long weekend... we were all tuckered out!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

I just realized it's been awhile since I posted. All is well in our family.

This is what we typically do on Sundays. Church and football. Austin failed to mention unpacking as well though. We still have a garage full of boxes and a few more trips to get everything out of our apartment.

We finally just got our tree up on Friday night. Usually we have our tree up the day after Thanksgiving, but we're behind this year. I think Elfie, our Elf on the Shelf, was getting a little concerned that Santa would not know where to put the toys. The kids relayed that message directly from Elfie.

This is the first year for Elfie to join our family. He's been great. The kids have been pretty good especially since he reports all naughty and good behavior directly to Santa himself every single night. Absolutely brilliant.

I was able to find a few Christmas boxes so we have some decorations out now.

Sneaky Cole has been trying to find a way to get a hold of the ornaments on the tree. Only 2 have been broken so far... although I can't really blame Cole. Blame the girls.