Monday, December 29, 2008

Christmas Goodness

We had the best, relaxing, yummy, warm, white, chocolaty Christmas! I was nervous about being a little lonely with no family around, but we relished in the alone time with our little kids and the magic of Christmas. Both Trev and I thought it was one of our best Christmas's together. BUT, we are ready to party it up with the Dalley group for New Years! Bring on the family, cousins, and games for those over age 6 (you can only play so many games of Disney Bingo without going crazy).

So, here is our holiday in a few pictures..............

Christmas Eve PJs

Ry's spot Christmas morning

Carson's 'Red Rider BB Gun' equivalent:

Addy's 'Red Sparkly Shoes' from Santa

All dressed up for church

And, a few baby pictures, just because babies are the best..........

Friday, December 26, 2008

2008 Christmas Card

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

O Little Town of Bethlehem

We had staring roles at our adults only ward Christmas party. Okay, so we just had to sit there while the choir sang, but it was a lot of pressure to keep our little baby Jesus quiet the whole time. Rylan did great...what a special job! I am afraid all three of us are almost out of the age group where they ask you to do this sort of thing...representing a young Mary and Joseph and all. But it was sure sweet to be holding our little one and to reflect on the emotions and feelings of that sacred night so long ago. The coming of our Savior and King in such humble circumstances is truly remarkable. May we all feel of His love this Christmas season.

Are you guys catching on to my Christmas music titles? Can you really get too much Christmas music this time of year?

Here Comes Santa Claus

The kids had breakfast with Santa on Saturday morning at the church. Addy was a little timid at first, but finally got up her courage to sit on the big guy's lap....her first year to make it that far. There is something pretty scary about a large man with a white beard! But, Carson and Addy were relieved to make their Christmas wishes known to the man in charge! The excitement is building around here....

My two boys with Santa.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Baby, It's Cold Outside!

Okay, it isn't THAT cold...we lived in Utah you know. So, this isn't a really unusual storm...but you should see the news headlines and coverage around here for our little 1-2 inches of snow! Carson's school had late start on Monday, school on Tuesday, and has been cancelled the last two days. We are sticking close to home and enjoying the snow while it is here and hoping it sticks around long enough for a white Christmas!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

O Christmas Tree

We ventured to the Red Barn in Orting again this year to cut down our Christmas tree. The kids love this tradition. We went extra early on Saturday Dec. 6th to avoid the crowds. They have a little train that takes you around the tree farm. Once you find and cut your tree down, the train picks you up (and your tree) and takes you back the barn. Then we went out for hot chocolate (and, by the way, Starbucks "Signature Hot Chocolate" is the absolute BEST!).

The next day I spent about 2 hours putting on the lights. I am picky. I like the look of lots of lights, but you have to really take your time so the lights are tightly wrapped around the branches so the cord doesn't know? It is a tedious job that I have inherited in our family. It takes forever and the kids are running around in the back ground asking..."can we decorate it now?!" a zillion times. I keep thinking a nice, pre-lit, fake tree would have its perks. But we are all about the experience ... and it just wouldn't be the same if we didn't wander around a tree farm and cut one down! And, now, all those lights make it look so good! And did I mention the fresh evergreen smell??? Can't beat that. Okay, fresh tree it is.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Rylan vs Carson

Rylan (left), Carson (right) around 2-3 months old. Definitely related, definitely brothers.

Friday, December 05, 2008

Three months old already

Why does the last 3 months of pregnancy seem to drag on forever and the first 3 months of a newborn's life seem to fly by? Rylan is smiling, giggling, growing, and sleeping a little better. Hallelujah! The kids still adore him and are very concerned Santa won't bring the baby anything because he can't talk and tell Santa what he wants. I am counting that as a partial sense of 'giving' instead of 'receiving' this season. We are working on it.

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