Thursday, February 17, 2011

Christmas Part 4: Christmas at Home

This will be my final post on Christmas.  I know it has been lengthy but I didn't want to forget any of the fun moments that we've had.

Every year since kids entered our world we've always made sure that we're home for Christmas.  It is so nice to be able to relax at home and enjoy some family time together as we start our own traditions.  This year was no exception.  Christopher Popinkins was a favorite memory for our kids.  They loved waking up and looking for their elf and seeing what kind of mischief he had gotten into the night before.

Christmas Eve morning we made cookies for good Ole' Saint Nick.  

Gracie enjoyed helping me with the eggs.  She really wanted to do it all by herself.

Will was really good at being sweet & helpful.

Along with a little silly at times!

We even got dad in on the action this year because the dough was too thick for me to stir.

That evening daddy read 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' before everyone was tucked into bed.

Then Santa came that night and left lots of presents!

And enjoyed the cookies & milk we made for him.

Santa was really kind to Will this year.  Here were a few of his favorite toys: 

Baseball Men... (action figures meets baseball).

His catcher equipment.  He wanted everything he would need to be a real baseball catcher.

Now he is ready to go... glove and all!  Love my little pitcher.

And of course, who can forget Bobby Cox.  Will got a few pictures and posters to hang up in his room.  He loved Bobby Cox!

Gracie also got a lot of neat gifts from Santa.  She loved her princess shoes.

I love this picture of her studying all of them.  I guess she is trying to decide which ones to wear first!

Her piano was a big hit.  She loves the little stool you sit on...

...playing music...

...and of course singing in the microphone!

She also got a Cinderella doll.  Her favorite princess.

Corey and I each got some really great gifts too.

I was surprised to get a pair of Ugg boots.  And Corey was excited to get some Auburn pictures to hang up in the basement.

Then we moved on to lunch prep.  This year we invited all of the family that was in town over to eat.  We had Corey's parents, his Granny from Tennesse along with his Aunt Sarah, Uncle Charlie, and cousins Matt, Jeremy, & Rebecca along with her boyfriend.  We had a full house and a lot of fun!

Here is Gracie & I making sweet potato casserole.  She is also sporting her new apron that she got for Christmas (courtesy of Aunt Amy).

After lunch we sang Happy Birthday to Jesus and enjoyed some yummy cake that Papaw made for us.

Granny T gave Will some very special presents.  A Braves t-shirt and a wallet that was his Papaw T's (Will got the name Luke from him).

And then after all of our guests went home and we were about to call it a day we where thrilled to receive one last Christmas gift... snow!  A perfect ending to a great day!

We had a very Merry Christmas!

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