Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Christmas in Georgia

This past Christmas was our turn to spend it with Chris' family. As usual we all convene at Hannie and Pa Pa's (Chris' grand parents) house for our celebration.

Christmas Eve usually means a candle light service at church and then home for some yummy Bar B Que. However, there is no nursery and therefor not a chance that we are taking the monkeys with us. They may be cute and all...but cute is NOT chasing them down the rows during the service...or calling the fire department b/c they knocked over the candles. All very possible occurances.

Chris and I decided we would start our own family tradition with the boys this year. We let them bake a birthday cake for Jesus. They had a great time helping make and "decorate" the cake. Next year I think we will switch to cupcakes...stay tuned.

Parker (on right) : "Hey, think they will notice if I stick my finger in the cake?"

Peyton (on left): "Ummm, nope...we're just gonna put some of that white stuff over yonder on it anyway."

They went with the decorating moto: spread some, lick some...spread some, lick some.

So proud of their cake

We like sprinkles yes we do...

Santa's elves hard at work Christmas Eve

Chris and Betsey (sister in law) testing the scooters out. Yep they work.

Nothing like a good game of Settlers of Catan to kick off the count down until Christmas morning.

The boys heading in to see their loot on Christmas morning.

Santa brought them a fun rug and of course some new cars and trucks

Peyton and Uncle Greg checking out the many roads to travel

The boys trying out their scooters from Hannie and Pa Pa

Singing Happy Birthday to Jesus

Do these two pictures need any more explanation for the switch to cupcakes next year? Yes, a community cake it was. Well, a community cake for two!

Peyton: "want a bite?" Uh, no thanks buddy... not telling how many licks went into icing this cake!

Parker- Christmas day is hard work! We have video of Peyton falling asleep at the lunch table...didn't have time to grab our camera for a shot. They were exhausted after all their holiday partying.

I've included a comic below that I thought was a fitting example of our home. You may remember our tree from last year. Of course this year wasn't much better. Why you may ask? Well, you're in luck...I just happen to have captured some pictures to include and I also happen to capture the crime being committed!

Where might you find the missing puzzle piece and cell phone? Why the Christmas tree of course.

Our Little People manger set was missing the angel for quite some time. They boys had placed baby Jesus atop the display in the angels place. Clearly a better spot for Him. Where might the angel have been "placed"?

In the christmas tree of course. Two angels they were not when it came to our tree...

Proof you might ask?

PROOF! Caught in the act... now we know how the puzzle pieces, cars, trucks, cell phones, angels, wise men and various other non ornaments ended up in the tree.

Yep, this one was AFTER timeout from the previous picture. Oh boys...does it ever end?

Now you don't have to wonder why these above ornaments were the only ones that made it on our tree this year. Well, they were the only ones that I knew would come down in one piece:)

Maybe next year, maybe next year.

Should have thought of this solution:)

"It's the only way we can keep the twins from messing with the tree."

Ha! This solution would have been perfect...only till I found them swinging from the tree like tarzan:) Oh, life with boys!

1 comment:

The Howell family said...

We also love a good game of Settlers! I haven't seen the board set up that way though. We'll have to share playing strategies!
That comic was perfect for ya'll.