Monday, December 27, 2010

Christmas morning

Mason woke up Christmas morning to Santa. We had a great time with Mason. Watching his expressions and enjoying every moment. He wasn't exactly sure what was going on, but he knew that he saw new toys and puzzles. We opened the gifts and our stockings, enjoyed a french toast breakfast, and headed off to Greensboro.

Santa was good to Mason this year. He brought Mason a sit-n-spin, tickle me Elmo, puzzles, a plate, spoon, and fork set, a puzzle ball with all different shapes and colors, and a doodle board.

Notice our tree in the background. There are no ornaments from the middle down. Someone decided to take them off. This was a big challenge this year. I hope next year will be different. We'll see.

How could Santa not love a face like this? Thank you Santa for all of the gifts. We'll see you next year!!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

White Christmas

Christmas day (afternoon) was spent in Greensboro this year. What a beautiful sight! We had snow for the second time this year; however, this was the first time I remember having a white Christmas. We had a lot of fun playing outside with Nana and Papa. Not sure how much snow they got in Greensboro. I would say around 5" to 6" because when we got home, we had 8" and it looked like a lot more. It was amazing.

These are just our snow pictures. I'll post Christmas soon. There are soooooo many pictures to sort through. It takes some time.

Riding on the sled was fun. Getting off, not so much. Ha!! I'm just glad no one got that on camera.

Thank you Nana and Papa for the great time. We had lots of fun and can't wait to see you again soon!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Hurry up, before December is gone!

Kevin, aka, Daddy, celebrated his birthday earlier this month. Pretty much the whole week was a celebration. Between home and work, he was King (for at least a week, anyway). Mason and I baked him a cookie cake and gave him a foot spa for his birthday.


We have had snow already twice this year. Mason took a nap and woke up to a winter wonderland. Kevin and I were outside planting our bulbs for the Spring. We didn't think it would snow, but it did and it was beautiful.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Dear Santa....

We have new stockings this year and we've been extra good. Please fill them up. Thank you.

Oh! and Merry Christmas!! :)

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Santa is REAL!!

Mason saw Santa today for the first time at Wal-Mart of all places. It was just a small set up in the garden section of "Wally", but it sure beat going to the mall. We even got a free 5x7. I thought that was nice and because we had to wait so long for the picture to print, we also got a free 8x10. Mason did awesome with Santa. He just kept staring at him and I'm sure wondering "who is this person?". He didn't cry at all. I was so proud.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

'Tis the Season..... to decorate!

The tree is up and decorated. The stockings are hung over the fireplace. The lights are in the windows and the garland is hung. We've even wrapped some presents already. We are on the ball.

We decided to get a small tree this year to go with our small house. It's actually a very cute tree and nicely decorated too! Although, now, it's only half decorated. Mason was able to reach and pull down some of the ornaments. It's ok. Ornaments can be moved higher on the tree. It looks pretty funny now. There are only lights on the bottom. For some reason, Mason just wouldn't stop. As soon as we turned our backs, he was right back at it again. We are looking forward to less time on the road this year (just a little).

We are trying to start our own family traditions on Christmas day. I really wanted Mason to be home on Christmas morning to see the gifts Santa left under the tree and what's in his stocking. He's still a bit young to understand, but it's time to start now so that he'll be used to being home.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Turkey Day!

Thanksgiving, this year, was spent in Virginia with Uncle James, Lori, Grammy, and Grandpa. We got there on Wednesday since Kevin was off. It was nice too. No traffic, no rushing. The drive wasn't bad. It only took us 2 hours which was great. The maximum time for Mason to be in the vehicle is about that, 2 hours. After that, he starts getting a bit fussy. It was a bit colder in VA which was actually nice since it is almost Christmas. As I type this post, today is a chilling 70 degrees. Yep!! The weather is certainly strange around here.

As usual for Thanksgiving, we all ate too much and were about to starve by the time dinner was served. We had Turkey, ham, green beans, rolls, field peas, sweet potato souffle, mashed potatoes, dressing, chicken and pastry, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, and sweet potato pie. Believe or not, we didn't have many left overs. Only enough for one more meal. I guess that's a good thing so you don't have to worry about how may different ways to use left over turkey. Ha!

We went to Olan Mills and had family pictures taken. I can't believe this is the first time EVER we had professional pictures taken of the whole (immediate) family. They turned out pretty good and Mason did excellent until he was ready to leave. To be 18 months (almost), he's very good at taking pictures. As long as the person taking the picture can catch his attention, he's fine.

So, we're getting ready for Christmas. As usual, though, I feel behind. I have several gifts yet to buy and lots of time to be spent in the kitchen, but it always gets done, so I'm not stressing. This week, mental note, I have to order our Christmas cards. I've been waiting for our photo shoot pictures to come back so that I can use one of those. I'm pretty sure they'll be ready in time. I'm thinking either or this year. They seem to have a good selection for great prices and they are always fast. I've used both sites and have been happy with them both.

I love this time of year. Even though it's sometimes rushing, and spending time on the road, it's such a special time to spend with family. I hope that you make the best of this Holiday and spend yours with the ones you love the most!!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Party and the Park

We had a beautiful weekend. The weather was absolutely perfect.

Saturday morning we had a "yard sale" and no one showed up. Yep!! Not one person. We thought maybe it was because we live out in the country. Well, come to find out, the sign that we staked in the ground at our entrance, had mysteriously been moved to behind the bushes. I guess we should have checked after an hour or so of no one showing up, but we didn't think about it until later. That really STUNK!! On a good note, we did spend the morning doing odds and ends outside. I stained our front porch and Kevin walked around the yard and "looked busy"! Ha! He has been cleaning out the first few feet of our woods. We like the neat look that it gives and also cuts down on the critters in the summer.

Saturday evening we went to Landen's second birthday. It was at an Elementary school in the gymnasium. GREAT idea. The kids were able to run around. The parents didn't have to worry about kids making a mess or tearing down the house. They had a bouncy house. Mason was not fond of it at all. He was frustrated because he couldn't stand up and walk around. He had a great time running around, playing with Daddy, eating pizza, playing with the balls and the other kids. AND of course we forgot to take the camera. We are so bad about remembering. I was having a great hair day too!! Oh well, maybe next time. Ha!

Sunday was another beautiful day. We hung around the house in the morning and after Mason's nap, we went to a local park. We did remember the camera this time, but the pictures didn't turn out great. Mason had fun at the park. He's still to small for most of the equipment, but he loved the swing and loved the freedom of walking around. The park also has a pond with ducks and he seemed to like that too!