"What lies behind us, and what lies before us are small matters
compared to what lies within us."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Holiday Happenings

I can't believe it is almost New Year's. I haven't gotten over Christmas yet! 

Despite the threat that the man in red wasn't going to come due to several children being on the naughty list, somehow the children managed to be good and sweet and Santa did come!!! 

 I like to have one person open one present at a time, while everyone else has to wait for their turn. I also cruelly make the order go from youngest to oldest. Just my little way of saying thank you for making me stay up all night wrapping the presents. 

This was a really special Christmas because we busted Great out of her assisted living home for the day. 

Isabella gave Francesca her favorite present! 

Elliot was not thrilled with his Santa boxers.  

Anastasia made Grandma a sweet sign. 

Isabella thoughtfully gave Grandma her very own purse because she knew Grandma had always liked it.

I don't think Anastasia could be smiling any wider.

Little Catherine got a jewelry music box of her own. I am taking bets on how long until it is broken.

Thank you for my earrings Isabella! 

Anastasia has always wanted a china doll and Santa brought her one! 

Doesn't Isabella look so grown up?

The kitchen was a big hit! 

My sweet Isaac, enjoying someone's pillow.

Our "Happy Birthday Jesus" cake. There is always, always a good reason to have cake. The little corner on the right is plain because Grandma doesn't like icing. I must not have gotten my affinity for sweets from her side of the family.

We got to continue our celebrating with a visit from Grandpa and Memaw. 

Francesca learned very quickly what wrapped packages were all about. 

Sibling love. I like to call them #1 and #4.

My little mini-me.

Victoria got the coolest instrument toy from Grandpa and Memaw. The music is really amazing and kids can mix and match the instruments to make all kinds of new songs. Victoria gets so excited when she sees the violin piece that she starts to scream with joy. 

Francesca is Lego crazy! 

Much focus is required to build a house made out of 653 pieces. 

Finally, a super duper smile from Catherine! 

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday! 


  1. Lovely pictures! Love the new header. Happy New Year to all of you.

  2. What a great Christmas. For a moment I thought our dog had gone to your house...!

  3. Glad everyone had a great day! My older boy (15 and 359 days, ie 16 on the 6th if got math correct), who is quite challenging behavior wise but also very loving and caring when not stressed (he is diagnosed with fetal alcohol syndrome), thoughtfully wrapped all my presents for his little brother.

    All the gifts seem very thoughtful! Isabella definately looks grown! One day when my son was 14 I snapped a picture and was amazed at the transformation from 'baby face' to just shy of starting shaving!

  4. Wonderful pictures! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you! Victoria's musical instruments look really neat - can you tell me what the name of it is? My granddaughter loves to play music and that looks like something she would love!

  5. Looks like a great Christmas! I'd also love the name of that musical toy. It looks right up my son's alley.


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