Thursday, January 26, 2017

Christmas in Texas

We drove to Texas to start our Christmas vacation. The kids had so much fun playing with all their cousins. 
 They had lots of slumber parties in Mal and Dal's room. 
 They took us to Great Wolf Lodge one night. We did the water park for several hours, then pizzas in the room, then the wizard quest. It was a great time, the kids had a wonderful time all together and so did all us adults. 
 The next morning we had breakfast inside the real Gingerbread house. It was very cool! It snowed right outside in the lobby while we ate. 
 Anna and David had a school Christmas play. Anna was the star and looked adorable. 
 David sang his heart out! They did a great job.
 Afterward, they got to meet Santa.
 My adorable star!
 Presley entered a contest at school for the cover of the yearbook and won! Here is her entry. She did a great job coloring the picture and we couldn't be prouder of her! She could not believe she actually won. Can't wait to order our copy.
 David's class had lots of Christmas treats the week of Christmas.
 They did a class book exchange.
 First pic headed into Great Wolf Lodge.
 Eating at the gingerbread house with all the cousins

Christmas 2016

We went to Cameron's Christmas party in an old tank barn. It was very cool and the kids loved seeing Santa. 
 I went with David's class to their field trip to see the Little Mermaid. It was a wonderful play and great to spend time with my middle man. 
 His great friend, Eli
 We went out for lunch afterward and had pizza and Hi-C. He was in heaven.
 Taking selfies on my camera
 Wanted her pic with Santa from a store
 Presley made David and Anna a pillowcase out of minion fabric and avengers for a Christmas gift. They loved opening them and she loved getting them her own gifts.
 Taking a pic with Buddy the Elf
 Snuggling Phil
 After school, Anna touched Buddy one day. David was so upset and sobbed. We decided to write a letter to Santa to explain what happened. Anna apologized to Santa and thankfully was very relieved to stay on the nice list. 
 This little beach bum, in denial it finally is getting cold.
 We went to a friend's house for gingerbread house decorating. It was a very fun night. 
 This is the result of the sugar high afterward...

Thanksgiving 2016

Thanksgiving morning, we got a box of joe and hung out in our condo for the morning. The kids watched the parade, I started some Christmas shopping and we rested after the busy week. 
 Dallie gave Cameron his old Disney shirt from when we went as kids.
 David and I played putt putt on the condo property. He was so excited to play!
 We enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner at the Orleans Riverside hotel in a Cajun restaurant. It was delicious and nice to celebrate while on vacation.
 After Disney, we headed to Birmingham to meet baby Bowen. He is so precious and already growing so fast. 
All the sweet cousins
 I made Christmas pjs for all the cousins on my side. They turned out pretty cute.
 The kids fought each morning for who got to put the ornament on the tree, put the cotton on Santa's beard and who moved the mouse each day. It was so hard to keep up who got what job each morning so eventually David was the only one who kept remembering to move them and kept it up. He was Mr. Christmas this year - sang carols all day, wore his elf hat, they all got into the season and it was awesome to see.