Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Our Little Family Christmas

We celebrated Christmas with our little family a few days before we left for Tennessee.  Our kids know that we are Santa Clause, but we still have fun pretending.  And they really get into it!  One afternoon Freddy T. came home from work and said he heard Santa Clause was on his way and that they all needed to go outside and play for about 30 minutes so he could come.  So he headed out with the kids and I put out our little Christmas.
 Lillie got a high chair, diaper bag, bath tub tea set and a bike.
Elliott got a bike, a boat bath tub toy, more legos.
Jack got a scooter, puzzle,and the game spot it. 
 Walking in to find their stuff.
 Elliott trying out his bike.
 Investigating where half the carrot went... Santa had to feed the reindeer while they were here!
 Lillie trying out her new baby diaper bag.
 And tea set.
 Elliott building with his legos.

The weather was actually not too cold, so we headed out side to give the new scooter and bikes a try. 

We flew out to TN early on the 24th!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Joseph, A Shepherd, and An Angel

This past Sunday the kids at Gallery Church sang a few songs and dressed up like people in the Nativity.  Jack was Joseph, Elliott was a shepherd, and Lillie an angel.

They sang Silent Night, Away In A Manger, and Jesus Loves Me.
They also memorized and recited  Luke 2:11, "For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord."
  This was before the program.

Practicing their singing.
 Elliott desperately wanted to be a horsey.  The only way I could convince him to be the shepherd he was assigned was if he got to carry the "little lamb."

 Lillie singing. 
 Jack found a big stick in our neighborhood and we brought it with us to use as a staff.  He had it up like a gun and over his head most of the program, he didn't use it as a staff. 

The whole crew.

I have a video I'll add once I get it downloaded.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

2011 Rockefeller Christmas Tree

 This morning, around 7 a.m., Freddy T. had the idea for us to go get our annual family photo taken at the tree in Rockefeller Center.  I'm glad we did it because I'm not sure when we would have snuck it in this week.  It turned out to be a good time to be out because there was no crowd and the kids had a fun time running around and seeing all the decorations.

Merry Christmas!
 (please ignore Lillie's flip flops, that was a battle not worth fighting this morning)

Check out some from the past:


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Lillie Hiding Behind The Christmas Tree

One day when Lillie was supposed to be napping, I was in the kitchen doing something.  I went in their room and discovered that she was not in her bed.  After looking for her I heard a noise from behind the Christmas Tree.  She had climbed through the bottom shelf of our bookshelf and worked her way back into the corner behind the tree.  She was just hanging out.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Jack's 5th Birthday Party

This past Saturday we had a birthday party for Jack.  This was his first party with friends and I think he would say it was a success.  It had a Lego theme to it and was full of fun and games.  When the party was over Jack came up to me and said "Mommy, well done!"  Best compliment ever!
 We had the party from 1-3, so it didn't call for much more than cupcakes and juice boxes.
The kids had to guess how many Legos were in the jar.
Pin the 5 on the Lego Man and knock down the Legos.
I made Lego bags for everyone.
Lego Happy Birthday Day Banner
Lillie and Elliott getting their prize after playing a Lego toss game.
Dropping pencils into a mason jar
Jack and a few of his friends waiting in line for a game.

Writing down their guesses from the Lego jar.
Me and Freddy T. reading off every one's guesses

All the big kids got to partner with their parents and build either a Lego truck or a Lego airplane.
The big kids showing their creations.
Jack pinning the 5 on the Lego Man.
Lillie was trying to put her 5 in thin air.  
Elliott joining his 5 with Lillie's on the wall.

Jack blowing out his candles!

The kids were divided into teams and played the egg and spoon game, except it was a Lego in a spoon.  First team to fill their jar past the black line won.

I tried to get a group shot, this was as good as it gets.

We had a great time celebrating Jack with all his friends.