Well, just like the rest of 2008 Christmas has come and gone way too fast. Especially for our girls! They had such a great time this year (as I hope your families did as well). It's getting more and more fun as the girls get older and start to understand Christmas - and all that it means. Neal often says that our girls are going to be "tired" of our many Christmas traditions when they are older but, I really hope they don't. What are our many Christmas traditions you ask??? 1) decorating our trees (all 4 of them - could be 5 if I had more room). 2) putting out our manger scene that was made by my Mom. 3) Going to the Santa's Village in Richardson. 4) Going to see Santa at Mimi Susie's open house (I do think her Santa is the BEST). 5) New for this year is "Ernie" our Elf on the Shelf. 6) Driving to Nebraska to spend Christmas with Grandma & Grandpa Johnson. 7) Decorating a gingerbread house with grandparents. 8) Celebrate Christmas Eve at Uncle Randy's with all our Aunts, Uncles, cousins, grandparents & Great Grandpa! 9) Stay in PJ's all day on Christmas Day ( one of my personal favorites)! 10) Making and decorating a birthday cake for Jesus with Grandma. 11) Singing "Happy Birthday Jesus" on Christmas day. And #11) The long drive home from Nebraska! And can't forget going sledding and making snow angels when they have snow!!!!!
The girls really thought that Santa came through for them this year - all they have both been asking for is "Barbie and the Diamond Castle" and boy were they happy! Their faces were priceless as they came up the stairs to see what Santa left them under the tree! (Yes, my Dad's house has a basement which is so great!) The other thing they got which ranks right up there are their many horses (thanks Uncle Randy!) and their cats from Aunt Jill - they aren't real but, you sure would think that they are. Enjoy the pictures...it was hard to choose! May 2009 be one of your best years yet...be safe.
This past weekend Neal was able to take a litte get away trip to Colorado to visit his friend Rob. Neal and Rob met while in the Army - they have been friends for a long time now and haven't seen eachother for quite a while. Rob is a Jag officer still in the Army (a lawyer) and has been called up for his 2nd tour to Iraq starting in Feb '09. They got to go skiing on Saturday and took Rob's oldest son Tomas...they all had a great time!
Wow - so much to catch up on! First of all, I am very sorry for the long delay in any blog updates! We got a terrible virus on our computer (which was my fault) due to facebook! Never, never click on a video that looks strange! Please learn from my mistake. We've had lots going on so, I thought I'd put it in an easy to read Top 6 List...(guess I don't have 10).... 1) Neiman Marcus Christmas Parade in downtown Dallas - this was last Saturday and boy what an event! Aunt Jill joined us and The Willson's Klan met up with us downtown as well. We had our own mini version of a tail-gate and made breakfast burritos (thanks Neal). The weather was beautiful so everyone one had fun.
2) Six Flags Holiday in the Park - we decided at the last minute to take the girls to Six Flags...Neal had some free tickets that we had to use before the end of the year. The weather was amazing (for December - even in TX)! Sydney went on a pretty big roller coaster twice - we were so proud! I'm glad she's not afraid of them because both Neal and I love them! I think the girls and I went on the Tea Cups ride atleast 6 times! There really weren't any lines which helped alot too!
3)Gymnastics - Sydney has gymnastics every Monday evening and loves it! She's getting to be pretty good at the things she really enjoys - like jumping on the trampoline and tumbling. I can see her starting to get stronger each time we go - it's exciting to see her confidence increase when she will finally do something right. It's great!
4) Dinner w/the Beall Girls - Lori and the girls came over for dinner on Tuesday (thanks for picking up dinner...we love Pei Wei). It was so nice to finally have more than 5 min. for Lori and I to catch up. The girls always play so great together so that makes it easy.
5) Santa's Village - tonight Aunt Jill and I took the girls to Santa's Village where there are little houses all with their own theme that the kids go into, make a craft, play music, face painting, petting "zoo" (really just goats), puppet shows, music and thousands of lights! I was surprised that it wasn't very crowded which made it nice that the lines weren't as long as in years past.
6) Saturday.....all I can say is that I just can't wait....I have lots to do to get ready for our trip up to Nebraska for Christmas but, hoping most of it can be done from home...especially since I am a "single parent" this weekend. :) Neal flew to Colorado today to spend the weekend with one of his best Army Buddies! Rob found out a few months ago that he will be leaving in Feb. for his second tour to Iraq. So, it will be fun for them to hang out. Luck Dog...he's going skiing tomorrow at Loveland!!!! I so wish we all went too. Next time for sure!
I am starting to get things pulled together in the Christmas decorating category now! whew....I was getting abit stressed about it getting done so late. We still haven't touched the outside of the house - hopefully this weekend or it's just not going to get done. So, tonight I wanted to share with you one of my most favorite things that I get to take out each Christmas and I've mentioned it before - my nativity scene that my Mom hand painted. Each year I go to pull it out I just hope and pray that it's all in one piece as I'd put it away the year before.
I love decorating the Christmas trees with the girls - this year we actually have 4 trees in our house which the girls are LOVING! (And so am I) oops - took the picture of "my" tree before I got my angel on top....It's so fun! I am really looking forward to spending time with my family over the holidays and continue some traditions and share them with the girls....some old and some new. We've started decorating a gingerbread house over Christmas and everyone loves that! The girls also make a birthday cake on Christmas day with Grandma....and we sing Happy Birthday Jesus on top of many other things! We are all hoping that there will be snow again at Grandma & Grandpa's house so we can go sledding like last year. What a great time that was!
A quick Happy Birthday to Carp tomorrow! Love ya girl!!! Only 1 more year till the "Big One" make it the best yet!
Wow, are the days going by faster and faster for anyone else other than me??? I had this entire last week off on vacation and feel like I accomplished nothing! I think I am the type of person who gets more done when I have too many things to do than when I have "nothing" to do! I really wanted to have all my Christmas decorating done - I've not even really started. Tonight after work Neal went to gymnastics with Sydney and Samantha and I went shopping for a new pre-lit Christmas tree. She had a good time just having some alone time with Mommy and I had fun too - just wished it would have been 3:00 in the afternoon instead of 7:00 in the evening. So, we finally found one that I liked, bought it and got it home (gotta love a suburban). Trying to put it together in between all the calls for "MOMMY" (I know you mom's know what I'm talking about) I discover that one of the branches isn't attached! It's missing the "bolt" to hold it in place. Ofcourse at this time the store is closed and now I have to wait till tomorrow to even think about getting anything further done. UGH!
Thanksgiving has come and gone and everyone has quickly moved on to Christmas but, I have many things to really be thankful for this year....first of all my family (yes, all of you!), my friends (where would I be without you....thanks Lori for the many nights of therapy!), my health, my job, my home and I could go on and on. God has so richly blessed me and my family that I can't begin to list it all!
We spent Thanksgiving with Neal's family in Amarillo this year - boy was it windy and cold! We had a good time - even though Neal was really sick - sorry Brian & Candy for all the germs he left at your house....hope you don't come down with anything!
There were some pretty big highlights for the girls this year that helped make this a great time...playing with their cousins, jumping on PaPa's trampoline and going on a horse back ride! They really had a great time!
Neal and I got to visit with some of his very close friends too which was nice - Lance, Michael & Charlotte (thanks Brian & Candy for taking the girls and putting them to bed for us)
We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoy the time of preparation for Christmas....
Who am I??? There are days that I wonder who I am! Some days I'm Sydney and Samantha's Mom. There are days that I am the St. John's Bay and a.n.a brand expert, Mom of two busy little girls, wife, friend to many, sister, therapist, financial expert, organizer, event planner, shuttle and this list could go on and on. Like many of you there just isn't enough time in the day to keep in touch with those that you'd like to. So, thought I'd try this....enjoy!