Saturday, December 31, 2011

Christmas with Cousins

A couple of days after Christmas Lila, Laney, Nathan and Sarah came to town for Christmas with our family. It was their first time to get to meet Jett. Jett and Lila were absolutely crazy about each other. And what a big helper she was to me! He gave her the biggest smiles and coos, it was adorable. Laney and Ava Kate played for hours together and had such fun with each other. We spent several days with them, playing games, visiting, of course lots of eating and Laney even came over for a slumber party. Everyone was really sad to see them go!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas Day 2011

Christmas just seems to get more and more fun as Ava Kate gets older and now getting to create Christmas memories with Jett makes it even more special. We started our Christmas morning off with our tradition of waiting to get out of bed until we hear Bing Crosby singing White Christmas. First we checked to see if Santa had visited and sure enough most of his cookies and his milk were all gone. Then we headed to the living room to check our stockings. Ava Kate found that Santa had left her the fairy costume she had been asking for and not only that but it was hanging in a special dress up stand that her daddy had made for her. Santa also brought Jett his little green chair and for both of the kids he brought a table and chairs for their new playroom. Ava Kate found some bandaids which she later told me were her favorite gift, snowman peeps, a microphone, a Strawberry Shortcake movie and nail polish in her stocking. Jett had a Sophie the giraffe for the bathtub and a little toy airplane in his stocking, man is hard to shop for a newborn. I got an iphone armband for running, starbucks gift card and some candy. Daddy got some hair gel, beef jerky and an itunes gift card. After checking our stockings we started opening gifts. Ava Kate got a sugar plum fairy dress, Snow White dress and Ariel dress for her dress up collection. Playing dress up is one of her favorite things to do! She also got a playdough ice cream shoppe set to use with her ice cream stand daddy made her last year. I got a new pair of running shoes and daddy got some new lenses for her sunglasses.

After we cleaned up we headed to Nana and Pop's for some more gift opening and some delicious homemade cinnamon rolls that Nana made and green chile cheese squares that mommy made! Ava Kate got some books, stickers, candy, a Hello Kitty shirt, a beautiful ballet costume and a fancy black sequin costume to go with her tap shoes. She also got the DVD from the Nutcracker performance that we saw last month. Jett got a little caterpillar, a Josh Hamilton jersey, candy and a Texas Ranger book. Pop suprised Nana with some beautiful onyx earrings and Nana surprised Pop with an official Texas Ranger World Series sweatshirt. After we ate breakfast we all loaded up and headed over to Grandmother and Papa's where we spent the afternoon visiting, resting and cooking for our Christmas dinner that night. It was a blessed Christmas Day!