Birthday season came and went. We celebrated Riley's at a camping trip. Then, beginning November 17 and ending on December 12 we celebrated the other birthdays: Lucy's, Mary's and Cory's.
|Lucy and her new doll, Saige|
|Lucy got to go to the American Girl store for her birthday|
|Mary invited several friends over for a simple party--This is hot potato nail polish style|
|You'll shoot your eye out!|
|At Starbucks with his Birthday Buddy|
Thanksgiving--interrupting birthday season just a wee bit. We headed to Arkansas and enjoyed being with all of our family for the short weekend.
|wine is apparently a new essential ingredient for peppernut baking--and can you see the photo-bomber?|
We trimmed two trees. One has ornaments that the kids have been given over the years.
|The tree on Christmas Eve|
|Santas and stockings filled the mantle above the fireplace|
|This has beautiful ornaments from lots of beautiful places|
|It made a very picturesque place for listening to Christmas carols|
|One of my treasures from Italy hanging on the tree|
One of the highlights for the kids is decorating gingerbread houses. We made these on Mary's birthday.
Celebrating with some of our family in Kansas was brief but beautiful.
|Lucy was scared of all the animals on the walls--you can kind of see one half of some bull horns on this wall. She didn't feel it was safe to sit or be anywhere|
We left this luncheon and saw this winter wonderland...
Bad weather forced us to delay our departure from Kansas, but allowed us extra time to connect with cousins and grandparents.
|Being in the hotel pool with our cousins guarantees a splashing good time|
|Darts and Pool in the community area of Grandma's apartments|
We were grateful for that extra time and grateful that the drive home was uneventful.
Christmas Eve is always spent making cookies for Santa.
After Christmas Eve services, the kids opened up their new pj's, then we set off in Clifford with some hot chocolate and an outdoor decorations scavenger hunt!
|We found everything but one item on our list--Santa on a roof eluded us! Luckily he showed up on our roof while we were sleeping!|
|Checking out our gifts from Santa and what he put in our stockings|
|Lucy's still trying to figure out what a "yes or no" question is|
|yep, she likes it|
|Pretty cool--nail files made out of Arkansas minerals|
|Cory got all of his sisters nerf guns so that they could have nerf wars with each other--watch out boy!|
|Cory was not disappointed in a single gift!|