We have the blessing of having 3 Christmases each year! It's quite fun. This year we will be in 4 states by the time December is over (the last Christmas and 4th state are coming Thursday!) Our first stop was Enid, OK with Jeff's mom side of the family. Jeff's sister, Andrea and her little girl Reagan, were able to come up from Colorado and that was great to spend time with them. Since they are so far away we rarely see them. Creighton loves playing with the other "Rae Rae" in the family :) The slept on the pallet together each night! :)
Charleigh cuddled with several of us during the opening of presents but didn't have a whole lot to do with unwrapping gifts this year. She's just too sweet for words. This is her sweet smile (the best pic I got of her unfortunately) after she opened and hugged her new Cabbage Patch cloth doll. It's a sweet little biracial (light) baby with dark curly hair. I love it. She likes to kiss her and give her hugs. She got sweet fun girly things and lots of new cute clothes to wear!
Jackson was very disappointed after he opened all of his presents from Grammy and Pop that he didn't receive the ONE thing he wanted most. He asked Grammy for it, but he also was able to ask Santa (for the first time in his life) for a gift this year. Well, he wanted the DELUXE BUZZ LIGHT YEAR with remote control. It's pretty stinkin' cool. He was ELATED that he was able to open it because apparently
"Santa" (Grammy) couldn't wait because she was so heartbroken that he was so heartbroken. He was SO excited!
Jeff got new Oakley glasses, a new BLUE Northface jacket, and money for new Apple product :) He was one happy man! :) We were all blessed with so much more, and are very appreciative!
The kids and I headed straight from Enid to Branson to have Christmas #2, state #3 (state #1 was a trip to Texas with the Holley's December 10th). The long car drive wasn't nearly as bad as I had anxiety attacks about. Charleigh doesn't enjoy the car. The madder she gets, the higher pitched her screaming gets. In a confined car, it's really hard...but she didn't do too bad. She and Creighton slept from Enid to Tulsa, so the first hour and half was great! :) The latter half of the trip wasn't great, but it's been much worse in the past, so I gave it a thumbs up! We got there and that's what mattered! How the big kids acted once we actually arrived was a whole 'nuther story...I thought I was going to go INSANE, but they calmed down eventually :)
I didn't take ANY pictures the first few days. 3 kids and 1 mom didn't leave an extra hand for a camera. But we did have LOT of fun and made many memories. We made/decorated ornaments, we swam in the heated indoor pool, we played shuffleboard, we watched movies, we ATE (and ate and ate and ate), we looked at Christmas lights, we laughed and played games and the kids played all kinds of games and make-believe and watched A LOT of TV/Movies.
Then Daddy came!!!! We were all very excited. But when he came, he brought really cold weather with him. But that's okay we all bundled up (with the exception of Creighton who REFUSED to wear a coat, and Charleigh and Grandma Maxie stayed at the Condo) and went to Silver Dollar City anyway! It was absolutely FREEZING.
We were only able to ride rides for about 30 minutes before they had to shut them down because it was TOO COLD! Creighton loves the butterflies~! I did get her to wear her hat thankfully and she wore that fleece jacket but wouldn't put on ANYTHING ELSE, even after I forcefully tried. She was FREEZING.
"Christmas morning" in Branson was actually celebrated on Thursday morning because several of the group was needing to leave Friday morning. So we all cuddled in one of the condos and had a good time. Our presents were the condo, silver dollar city, Dixie Stampede, and then mom and dad got a few things and stockings :)
These are pics my aunt Wanda took at her house that night! Love this kid to pieces!
Fun family picture! The girls were wearing matching outfits from Grammy and Pop and Rae had her new Jessie boots on even though you can't see them in the pic!
Thank you all for our sweet and thoughtful gifts and trips this year. It's been a Christmas to remember forever! Most of all, and most importantly, we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who came humbly and lowly to this earth as a baby boy in order that he might live to DIE for my sins, and yours. We celebrate Him. We do it by loving family, giving, and yes, receiving. We receive you Lord Jesus!!! Thank you for coming. Thank you for sacrificing for me.
I love my family!
...to be continued in 2011