Saturday, December 31, 2011

Papa and Ms. Carol's visit

Papa and Ms. Carol came to visit on Tuesday. We had a wonderful time with them and have some great pics to prove it. I'll space the posts out over a few days.


Right after dinner on Tuesday, we got down to business and opened presents!

Ms Carol in her gift
I got a FABULOUS Coach purse!



Griff had to open his legos ASAP and get to work on them.
Thank yall so much for our gifts! We love them!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Christmas Day

Santa was so good to our kids this year. Ansley received all kinds of baby accessories (high chair, feeding things, pack and play, etc). Griffin only really asked Santa for a scooter, and what do you know, the big guy brought him one! And a few other things too, airplanes, arts and crafts and a couple of games.


All their loot
Ansley, Ryan and I were up bright and early at 6:30am. This is usually when Griffin wakes up too, however he decided to sleep in on Christmas Day....so we went in and woke him up. He shot out of bed when I told him Santa had came!
The scooter!!

And this one decides she needs to finish the couple bites of cookie that Santa left.
Daddy got a back scratcher in his stocking

My slippers Griffin picked out for me


Calling Nanny and Pa to thank them for her mickey mouse blackberry
He decided he needed to try on the angry bird boxers that he picked out for Daddy

Ansley did good when she picked this gift out for Griff. He LOVES it. Its a penguin (from Madagascar) that launches balls.
The bomb that went off in the living room!
Griff's final present was a bike from Nana and Papa Jim. He LOVES it. He just needs to practice riding it (its a little tricky compared to a regular ole tricycle)

We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! Wishing you all the best for the New Year!!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas Eve

We spent Christmas eve just the four of us. We hung around the house and had a nice Christmas eve dinner.

Griffin was excited to put the last piece on the advent calendar. Aunt Nancy hand made us this BEAUTIFUL calendar. Griffin was thrilled each morning to run over and put on a piece.
The kids received gifts from my moms cousin Lisa and her family. We went ahead and let them open them up.
Ansley got a pretty red dress and a few hand-me-downs from Lisa's daughter. They were adorable!
Our Christmas eve dinner. G thought we were so cool eating in the dining room.
They both got to pick out a cookie to put on Santa's plate

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!


Merry Christmas from our family to yours!!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Cookies

Growing up, we always made and decorated Christmas cookies at my Dad and Step-Mom's house. I always really enjoyed it. Last year, my dad gave me this awesome gift of a ba-zillion cookie cutters, sheet pans, etc! He said it was so that I could continue the tradition with my family (my daddy is so sweet!!).

We decided to give it a whirl this year. The kids really enjoyed it, Ansley especially. Griffin painted a few then he was worried about eating them. :) Ansley actually stayed seated for a good bit painting her little heart out, sampling too, but nonetheless, having a ball.


Helping us cut the cookies out. He wanted to sport an apron :)

Then it was A's turn. This child wasn't two seconds into it before she had dough her mouth!!
"Who me?!?!"


"When do we eat!!"
I ended up painting the rest, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I can not even wait to do it again next year with them. Fun, fun, fun!!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Fun in the Snow

Ryan had the day off today, so we have been just relaxing at home and enjoying some family time. We decided to take the kids out to play in the snow. We still have a good amount from the other day. They were actually expecting another 3 inches last night, but it was so windy that it just blew away and didn't accumulate.

Grandma gave us a gift card to Target for Christmas. So, I decided to use some of it to invest in something we actually need, rather than spend it on all the crap that I usually end up with in Target. Go in for one thing, come out with 50. Yes, ladies, you know what I am talking about!! Anywho.....I got the kids snow bibs (it probably wont snow again all winter now that I bought them, haha). They were perfect. I felt confident the kids were toasty warm and not getting wet or cold.

"I'm King of the World"
We had to demolish our snowman. Ryan decided to see how Frosty would hold up against the block wall. The wall won!
A boy in heaven!!
Miss Priss took a bit to warm up to the "gear" but then had an awesome time playing in the snow

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Random-ness

I thought I would throw together some random photos in a post.

Last Monday I hosted a play date with some friends, and of course, had to get festive with my snacks.

Snowman Ranch Cheese Ball
Little Santa Hat brownie bites


My Great Aunt and Uncle sent the kids each a gift for Christmas. Ansley got this ADORABLE red coat and hat. It is slightly big, but she will definitely be sporting this baby next year.
Griffin got a remote control helicopter, which he LOVES
Not really sure who loves it the most :)


Griff discovered that his sister will now fight back
"Hmmm....maybe I shouldn't pick on her so much"

Ansley got a big girl bed a few weeks ago. Knock on wood, she is doing great!

The Princess just chillin'