I took a quick shot of the living room before the kids woke up. They trashed it pretty quickly.
Each child only got about 3 presents, so it didn't take long to unwrap and start playing. Laney's wearing her new boots in this picture and playing with her new doodle pro. She doesn't have to borrow her brothers' doodlers any more.
Sam got a bike for Christmas. Since he couldn't ride it in the house, playing with stickers was his number 2 choice.
We enjoyed a nice Christmas together. Simple and low-key. After a traditional biscuit coffee cake breakfast, we got dressed and went to church.
Pops started out with a scavenger hunt.
After the kids found and opened a box, we read the next small chapter in a book leading us to find out what God wants for Christmas.
The kids eventually found a box with a mirror in it. They looked in to see what God wanted...He wants you! What a fun little adventure...
The next five pictures are courtesy of my SIL...
my parents used to give us an ornament every year, to sum up the year so to speak...
ron and i are carrying on the tradition. laney's ornament is a sparkly and glittering high heel. she started playing "dress up" this year and has turned into a bit of a girly girl.
sam's ornament is a man holding on to a carabiner. this represents the adventures that sam encountered this year. he went for a ride on a zip line, learned how to swim, rode his first water slide, and more.
Rebekah and I went to Enterprise by way of Monroe. When you go through Monroe, you have to take the ferry across the river. We pulled up to the stop sign and waited for our turn to drive onto the ferry. After a few minutes, I turned off the car and started to walk down the drive to find out why it was taking so long...
Baba Dee lives 2 miles on the other side of the ferry. But when the ferry isn't operating, you have to back track and drive through the hills, which takes another hour! So after 2 1/2 hours of driving, thinking we were five minutes away, we had to get back in the car and drive for another hour. Not fun! But once we got there, we were greeted with kids playing in the beautiful sunshine.
I wish I had taken more pictures at Baba Dee's house. Hopefully I'll do better next year...
We went to the Philleys the weekend before Christmas. Baba Dee had Christmas in Enterprise on Saturday, so we sandwiched it in between some time in Clinton. Laney was ready to finally open some presents.
The boys even got some running in... Sam's training for his marathon. He has to run 25.2 miles by January 26. He turns in his running chart and gets to run the last mile with other children at the Mercedes Marathon in February.
R.I.P: the dip. I've talked about it on here before...the road we live on has a dip. I grew up driving on the dip. Well, the county stopped maintaining the area about 7 months ago. As the road worsened and neighbors complained, they decided to close the dip if they got signatures from 80% of the homeowners. Well, they got the signatures needed and closed the road just before Christmas.
It was quite fun! We even inched close to the drop off so that we could get a look at the waterfall.
I don't know which one of these pictures is cuter...
Sam and Luke opted to climb into Santa's lap the other day at Brookwood Mall. Laney didn't want to see "the man" as she calls him.