Christmas 2012

What a wonderful Christmas we had.  This year has been really good for us as a family and we have grown so much this year spiritually. Our church home and our Sunday school class have been such a blessing to us.  We have learned so much from our Sunday school families and it has made us closer and stronger as a family. Our focus this Christmas, as always, is Jesus and what he did for us.  It just warms my heart when we ask our 5 year old what Christmas means, and she says “its Jesus’ birthday”.  This season we focused on helping others and remembering the reason for the season.

We headed to church for our Christmas Eve service, our family was able to join us and watch the girls perform in the service.

Karyn sang a trio…by sing, I mean she stood there and didn’t sing a single word.

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The girls with Grams & Granddad.

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The girls with Great-Grammy Rose.

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The girls with Grandma & Heypa.

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After service we headed out to dinner and then to see Christmas lights.

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Once we got home, it was time for one gift and a story read by Daddy-O.


New PJs for our little girlies.


Daddy reading the Night Before Christmas.


Setting the cookies and milk out for Santa.  The girls were very excited! They both sat with Santa, talked to him and were very excited in hopes that they would get the bikes they asked for.


Off to bed the girls went and what did they wake up to?


Karyn came down about 530, which is normal and she comes right into our room.  Well this morning she came down and when she didn’t come into our room, I got up to check on her.  She was just standing in front of her new bike and just looking at it.  It was so cute, I don’t think she knew what to think.  I was able to get her to come lay down for a little while longer till sister got up.


BIKES!!! They were both excited to get what the asked for, it was a rainy morning so they took their first ride down the hallway.



Sweet Karyn, bed head and everything.


The girls got a game from Santa, this is a tradition from Tom’s family.  Every year Santa brings a game that the family can play together.

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Our rainy morning turned into a snowy afternoon and we had a White Christmas!! The snow was so much fun and this year the girls wanted to go and play.

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Lets play!

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Fast forward 2.5 days….the snow was finally gone enough that the girls could try out their new bikes.

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We had such a wonderful Christmas and we are looking forward to enjoying walks with the girls on their bikes.  We are also looking forward to some family tennis games with our new rackets from Santa.

Merry Christmas from our family to yours.



Christmas Season

It is that time again.  Time to get ready for the holidays and time to make some yummy cookies!!!  Each year gets better and better, as the girls get older they can help more and really get into helping.  I love seeing them make these cookies and have fun with it, it reminds me of my sister and I growing up and making these same cookies with my parents.  I still remember the year my Dad took over the dough making, it was just me, my sister and my Dad.  Not sure where mom was but when making the dough we were out of baking powder so my Dad used baking soda, figured it wouldn’t be a big deal.  Well, guess again, the cookies tasted different that year.  We still laugh about that year.  Such a fun thing to pass on to my daughters. Here are some pictures from the process.

Getting the dough rolled out and pressing out cookies. They loved getting to pick out which cutter to use.

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Karyn decorating her cookies, she got more icing on the cookies than in her tummy.

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Katie Lynn making hers all pretty.

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Tom helping get the trees and stars knocked out.

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Monica worked on the snowmen this year.

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All the cookies turned out so good and are super yummy!

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After all the dough is rolled and there is not enough to make another good roll out, you can use the last of the dough for something special.  My parents always let us make our own “special” cookies and this year the girls were able to make their own “special” cookies.  They took their time rolling, squishing and then icing their own creations.

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Gaylord Ice: Madagascar

We took the girls down to the Ice at the Gaylord this year.  The theme was Madagascar and this just happens to be one of their very favorite movies right now.  The hotel is so pretty and decorated for Christmas.


The girls and Mommy waiting in line.


  Daddy and the girls as we get closer to the front of the line.


Starting off with a family photo.



Checking out all the different scenes.




 There is a slide about half way through the exhibit. The girls loved it and went down several times.

Katie Lynn was tall enough to go down the big slide this year.


Karyn was excited to try it out this year for the first time.


At the end they have a beautiful scene of baby Jesus in the manger.


 After Ice we found some cool Santa boots and a tall toy soldier.

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Happy Halloween 2012

This year we took the girls shopping for their costumes.  They each got to pick out what they wanted to be. Katie Lynn picked Izzy from a Disney show and Karyn picked Jessie from Toy Story. They had several chances to wear their costumes and had lots of fun.

First chance to dress up was for the schools fall festival. We have the girls with Karyn’s best bud Caroline.

Here are the 3 Izzy’s, Katie Lynn’s best buddies Leah and Addyson.

We also saw Katie Lynn’s best bud Bridget.

Wouldn’t be a party without a little cake walk.

We also went to another party. The girls were so cute!

Karyn couldn’t get enough of the slide.

The school had a contest for best costume and Karyn’s picture won! A big Thank you to everyone who voted for her!

Getting pumpkins ready for Halloween, this year we let the girls just use stickers to decorate their pumpkins. Some how they each had several to decorate.

Karyn was more excited to just be able to peel the backing off.

Here the girls are on Halloween night. All dressed up and with their costumes partners in crime.

After a fun evening and lots of candy in their bag, they were ready to call it a night.