Here are our pictures and a little run down of our Christmas this year... First I have to say how blessed I felt every time I looked at my pantry and saw it was covered with Christmas cards. Also we were spoiled with neighbor/friend gifts dropped off at our house almost every night (some night more than 1!) We did bake and deliver a ton of treats ourselves. The kids loved it! Christmas Eve morning Elfie left a god-bye note and some PJ's for all of us. I couldn't help but tear up each time his letter was read. I'm a major baby! We got together with Brayden and Kayla for dinner and Grandma April and Grandpa Brian's house on the 23rd. On Christmas Eve we went over to G&G's house again for Cafe Rio and to let the kids open their gifts from them. They each got their own camera that does video and has games (Jerik got his very own wiggle car!) Christmas morning Santa had come! We waited until 8:00 to open presents so Grandpa Brian, Grandma April and Uncle Kenny could come over. Branson kept feeling sad that all his friends had a bunch of presents under our tree but we didn't. We couldn't do it until Christmas Eve because of Jerik. So all morning long Branson was saying, "there are a ton ton ton presents around our tree." Branson got a soccer ball, shin guards, and soccer socks from Grandma Sue and Grandpa Larry, ball jumper from great grandma and great grandpa. Puma clothes, jump rope, slippers, and remote control helicopter from Mom and Dad, power toothbrush, body wash, and table top Foosball from Santa. Maycie got a crib, diaper bag full of stuff, and clothes for her baby from Grandma Sue and Grandpa Larry; a "girl soccer ball" from great grandma and grandpa; pretend food set, make-up, Puma clothes, slippers, and new shoes from Mom and Dad, power toothbrush, body wash, pony family, and barbie car from Santa. Jerik got a shapes/fish toy from Grandma Sue and Grandpa Larry; and sensory ball from Great Grandma and Grandpa; Puma clothes, diapers, slippers, scriptures, and a play phone from Mom and Dad; guitar, baby soap, power toothbrush from Santa. We also got a few games, a new waffle maker, and a few other things I can't remember right now. :) We were all plenty spoiled by everyone! After presents were opened we did the annual 'put decorations away on Christmas day party', then headed to Enterprise for dinner. It was a fun, fun day and we will all miss the feeling we all have during the Christmas season!
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
This fun little Elfie man joined our family this year.. It is SO excited each morning to find him. In fact, he was so exciting that Branson was getting up around 6:00 and waking everyone up trying to find him. We tried to set rules so this didn't happen but it wasn't working. Luckily Elfie is so smart and decided to go back to the north pole for a couple of days so we could get some sleep. It worked out perfectly. Elfie has gotten crazy sometimes during the night. Some of those things are... toilet papered the tree, drew all over our picture frames with dry erase marker, got Darla and played connect four, drew a picture with a note on the mirror, got into the Cheerios, rubber banded himself to the ceiling fan, went for a bull-ride on Branson's White Magic, took a nap with Maycie's barbies, and lots of hiding. We love having someone here to help Santa keep track of the kids. Branson even goes and tattle-tells on Maycie to Elfie.
Saturday, November 10, 2012
We just had to sign Branson up for fall soccer since be absolutely LOVES every minute of it. We did it through Kicks. It has been a lot of fun and we've met a lot of nice people! The season was about 8 weeks long. Which meant Branson has got to have practice and a game every week during that time. He is seriously in heaven when he can kick a soccer ball with someone. He has said to me, "Mom, when I see a soccer ball I just want to go kick it so bad." When it was his turn to sit out, he would tear up and go sit down. He absolutely hated not being in there the entire time. The first couple of games were really hot (about 95 degrees), the last couple were really cold (one was 42 degrees.) It didn't matter to him though. He seriously didn't complain once at any game about anything but having to sit out. He has so much determination and doesn't wear out. By far Branson scored more goals than any other player on his team. As you can see in these pictures, he has his game face on! It was really fun for him this time because he got a trophy. The saddest part is that it slipped out of his hands and broke when we walked in the door. :( Good job on playing so hard Branson and always doing your best! PS... he is #5 in yellow/black.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
The Saturday before Halloween we had A LOT of Halloween fun. Grandma Sue and Grandpa Larry came down to visit and because Larry had training Monday and Tuesday. We went to a fun Halloween party that Costco had for employee's families at 5:00 Saturday. We had dinner, decorated cupcakes, bobbed for apples, ring toss, pinata, etc. It was the kid's first time bobbing for apples so that was entertaining. Also the highlight of Branson's night was that he was the first to swing at the pinata, and broke it on his second hit. After the party we went to G&G's hotel to swim. The kid's showed off their amazing swimming skills, then home for bed. After church we had them over for dinner. Then Sappington's, Brayden, and Kayla over to play out front and have pumpkin cake. The kids all had lots of fun and played so good together! Monday we picked up Costa Vida/Wendy's for dinner and went to the park for 3 hours. We played football, soccer, Frisbee, tag, and of course a lunges challenge that Mom won! :) Tuesday night we went to Pier 49 pizza for dinner then miniature golfing after. Grandma Sue and Grandpa Larry came over for healthy apple pie and to play Apples To Apples. This was their last day and we were all so sad for them to leave. Wednesday was actually Halloween which meant more FUN! We had Branson's Halloween parade at school at 2:00. Maycie got to walk in it and loved being a REAL princess. AJ made it JUST in time to watch them walk by. Grandma April stopped by to see them in their costumes. She also gave them one of Branson's FAVORITE Grandma April treats - raw unsalted cashews. We let them "door-to-door" trick-or-treat to some people that we knew would be home and wanted to see the kids. Then the trunk-or-treat at the church. Love the idea of it being quick and easy so we can get home and in bed. By 8:00 everyone was beyond tired! So bath, then bed, ahhhh. Another fun, too much candy, Halloween. I guess I should mention that we borrowed the kid's costumes from the Wilkinson's since they had a ton. The kids looked adorable and loved them! Branson was a skeleton, Maycie was Ariel (Little Mermaid,) and Jerik was a frog.