Thursday, December 29, 2011

Bear and Ducky's Christmas Adventures (Part 3-The Conclusion)

Bear and Ducky had an amazing Christmas this year. This is the first year the Bear has really figured out what is going on and he opened all of his own presents. We spent Christmas Eve at Nanny and Poppy's house with Hubby's side of the family. It was a lot of fun and I think the kids had a blast. We ate soup and had banana split cake for dessert. We opened presents and played games. Nanny played a few Christmas tunes on the piano. Here are a few photos from that wonderful day:

Nanny, Auntie H, Ducky, and cousin Boo at the piano

Me posing for Hubby!

My little, happy family

Me and my man!

The whole family

My two oldest nephews playing with air soft guns

The boys playing outside

Opening presents!

Bear loved his new train set!

We all had fun that day. A few days before that we celebrated Christmas with my mom and sister and their families. We had lunch at my house and the kids played for a while. Here are some photos from that day:

Cousins helping each other

My sisters youngest son "Bent-Bent" opening his gift with his big brothers by his side.

My twin nephews "D" and "B" opening their gift

MeeMoo had fun letting all the grandchildren help her with her present

Me and my boys later that day...tired

On Christmas day Bear and Ducky didn't know what was coming. See, we don't put presents under the tree until Christmas Eve night because a little squirt named Ducky will open them all. So, they were both very surprised to see all the gifts under the tree Christmas morning. Here are some photos from our family time:

Our beautiful tree with all the presents underneath...awaiting two
little boys to unwrap them!

They really enjoyed opening presents!

Later Christmas evening we got a visit from my dad and step mom (the kids call them Nanny and PaPa) and cousin "J". What a fun time they had opening those presents. Nanny and PaPa thought it was a good idea to get the boys a drum set! Here are some photos from that adventure:

Can you tell what the favorite gift was? They LOVE that drum set!

The festivities didn't end there. The day after Christmas is my wonderful Hubby's birthday. We went out to lunch at BW3's (his favorite place to eat right now) and celebrated with his family. Here are some photos from that day:

What a wonderful day that was. I am so thankful for my husband!

So, there you have it. Another Christmas come and gone. It was a great one this year. We are so thankful for all of the blessings in our lives. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas as well. Here's to a new year and a new beginning. We have friends coming in this weekend to celebrate the New Year with us. It will be a lot of fun! I will be doing a post about all of my New Year's Resolutions (yes, I said ALL). LOL! See you then!

God Bless,


Monday, December 19, 2011

Bear and Ducky's Christmas Adventures (Part 2)

Merry Christmas everyone! Welcome back to another chapter in Bear and Ducky's Christmas Adventures. Last week Hubby and I took the kiddos to a local amusement park. The park decorates for Christmas and has a bunch of shows with that same theme. We got tickets EXTREMELY cheap and so we all went. It was sooooo much fun. There were thousands of Christmas lights, carolers, music, rides, and food. We had a blast watching the little ones look at each thing with amazement. They also had a Sesame Street show. Now, if you know my kids you will know that they LOVE Elmo. That little red monster just rocks their little worlds. When they both saw Elmo and the whole SS gang, they were in awe. Here are a few pics from our adventure:

So, as you can see we had lots of fun. Hubby even rode a ride that take you really high up in the air and then free falls back down. Not my cup of tea I'll tell ya. But he loves a good thrill. When Hubby was on the ride going up, up, and away, Bear kept saying "Mommy, Daddy's gonna fall". I said...yup, he's gonna fall, but the ride will catch him. Bear wanted to get on the the big roller coasters and even wanted to ride the scary one Hubby rode on, but he changed his mind after he saw what really happened on the ride. LOL!

All of that to say that I really wish we could all get back to the real meaning of Christmas. I know this year has been stressful for Hubby and I. We recently had some car trouble and it cost a LOT of money. We have been trying to save as much as possible by not eating out, not going places much (to save on gas), and doing a lot of things ourselves (projects, homemade stuff). We (as a culture) get caught up in what we buy for people or what we are going to get from people. I love to give presents, but sometimes it just isn't possible to give what you want, so you have to get creative. I will do a post on the project that I am making for the Grandparents after Christmas (they look at my blog and I don't want to spoil the surprise). I want Jesus to be at the center of everything I do all year long, especially at Christmastime. He is the reason for the season, right?!

When you are feeling overwhelmed by the presents, wrapping, going to and fro, baking, and get-togethers...remember that we are celebrating the birth of our Savior. Take a few minutes to stop and thank Him and praise Him. Hubby and I have been overwhelmed this Christmas with stress. But, we have been more overwhelmed with the love that other's have shown us. We have had a few people do extraordinary things for us and we are so grateful. We may not be able to give people things that cost money, but we can show love and appreciation by saying or doing a good thing for someone who needs it. Pay It's what Jesus wants us to do.

Merry Christmas and God Bless you this holiday season!