Saturday, December 26, 2009

The most wonderful time of the year...



Christmas.
Craziness.
This year was a little too much like last year.
Last year: Scott had back surgery December 11th
This year: Scott separated a rib December 9th
Both years: A completely useless, hurting and needy husband.
Last year: Katie came down with a stomach bug on Christmas Eve and was quite sick for Christmas.
This year: Scott came down with the flu Christmas Eve and is still not feeling well!
So, once again, I am shoveling snow (thankfully, not too much this year), shopping alone, parenting alone, taking care of hurting hubby, and not really loving the new tradition.
If next year looks like this again, I really don't think I can call it "The most wonderful time of the year"
Before the season began, the kids made me promise we wouldn't schedule any back surgeries or treatments for Daddy so that we could be sure to have a better Christmas. Last year we were just unable to get some of our favorite traditions completed. So, I promised. And he didn't hurt his back.
Anyway, enough complaining. I know how selfish I sound. Poor Scotty is what I should be typing right now. And I do feel sorry for him. He absolutely wishes he wasn't injured. Or sick.
We are actually very grateful for the MANY blessings that are ours.
We baked the month right through. We were constantly making something for someone and the kids loved helping in the kitchen. We love all the goody plates from our amazing neighbors and friends. We love living where we do when we do and are sure this is where we are supposed to be. Our kids' last day of school was December 11th and have been loving being out of school for Christmas break. We are grateful to know what the season is really about and have had great talks about the Savior's birthday party and what He really wants from us for His birthday.
And we have been blessed with a wonderful family on both sides that all love to spoil us rotten.
Here are some of our shots of our Christmas this year.
Christmas Eve, every year we go to my parents' house for a big Christmas Eve dinner/party. This year, we were in charge of the ham. 1/2 hour after being put in the oven, the power went out. Luckily, Grandma and Grandpa still had power, so we packed up everything for the party and left a litle early so that the ham could continue. The kids all get to open 1 present on Christmas Eve. You'll see some pictures of the adorable pajamas they got this year. Thank you Grandma and Grandpa! They also had a piano recital (Grandma is their piano teacher). Katie, Jack and Rebekah are taking and they all did fantastic.
Christmas morning was fun. (They were told they couldn't get up before 7:00 a.m.- in years past we have had issues with this). They came in to get us at 6:59 and no interruptions during the night! We'll take it. It was a great Christmas all in all!

Olivia




Rebekah in her Christmas Jammies

Rebekah and her Santa loot

Katie enjoying a Hershey Santa from her stocking

Olivia loved that she got an orange in her stocking again!

Katie introduing her piano piece: "Jolly Old St. Nicholas"

Jack loving his Marshmallow Santa Christmas morning

Jack in his new PJ's making his crazy happy face





Katie in her new Froggie PJs



Jack playing his piano piece : "Little Drummer Boy"
Rebekah introducing her piano piece "Go Tell it on the Mountian"

Rebekah playing her song

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Happy Holidays Everyone!







Sunday, December 20, 2009

Basketball and Ballerinas

Finally, I managed to get a battery in the camera!
We didn't want to miss these precious shots.
Jack had his last basketball game of this season Saturday morning. It was an early game: 8:10 a.m. He and I braved the early morning fog alone. Scott has a separated rib, (this year's Christmas time injury) and the girls were just not moving fast enough.
It was all okay though. Grandma and Grandpa were already at the game when we arrived.
Turned out it was his best game yet. Great note to end the season on.
He was a superstar.


Rebekah and Olivia have been taking dance this year. The big recital was also on Saturday.
Look at the beautiful (expensive) tutu's they got to wear!
They were most excited for:
the costumes
the side buns
the make-up.


They were darling.
We especially loved the giggling Olivia let loose with her thrill of spinning in circles.
Adorable.



Rebekah really was happier than she seems.




Such cute ballerina princess sisters.




And here we are before church this morning.
You can see how great our morning was by the look on Jack's face. :)
They look adorable.
Thanks for the beautiful Christmas clothes, Grandma and Grandpa!


We are getting so excited for the big day!
Merry Christmas Everyone!