Thursday, December 27, 2012


"Christmas Eve Gift" at Meme and Grandpa's!

This has been a wonderful Christmas, and pretty unusual due to the weather! One we will never forget.

Santa came and that was thrilling! We have had a blessed day and Christmas season. Here are a few phone pics from our Christmas and Christmas Eve with the Bass Family. We have a winter wonderland here, over 6 inches of beautiful snow! It would be heavenly except for thousands are without power, including us. Thankfully there is power at Hamilton Pointe and wonderful family to be with! We are soooooo grateful for this extra special time and warmth we feel...on the outside and the inside.

First sign of snowfall at Mammers house Christmas night.  The kids had to go out in it immediately, so we improvised on snow gear. 

Sledding at the lake!

Daddy can make the sled go super fast! 

It was a costume Christmas for this boy, here he is modeling his Jake the Pirate costume!

Christmas Eve night, we are ready for you Santa!

The girls on Christmas day at Mammers, Nora is wearing a dress and coat of mine when I was a baby!  So special!

One of the most special gifts this year, a rocking horse put together with love from Grandpa!  Nora loves it and her grandpa very much.

This is the letter to Santa that DFB dictated for me to write.  Precious!!  Advice for the big guy.

Johnson family Christmas

We went to my dad's farm for Christmas with the Johnson's and had such a good time. There is no phone or Internet service so it is was like an old fashioned country Christmas. With a home grown Christmas tree and mistletoe.

The kids played their hearts out, they got a new puppy so that was exciting and they jumped hay bails, we shoot skeet, went to "town" for burgers and Leslie and I ran a 5K that morning! My first real race to ever run. Leslie won first place overall for the women, and I got first place for my age group. Granted, there weren't many in the race, about 40 total, but I was still happy! Always nice to be with family and friends this time of year, and it was nice to get it started early.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Operation Bless update

Well, I can honestly say this project has been tougher to complete than I originally thought. There have been days of sickness, company in town, and/or pure laziness that have kept us from completing our tasks. Some days we didn't even rip a ring to read what to do, but then there are other days (like today) where we played catch up and complete several acts of kindness in one day. And once you start doing them, it's hard to stop!
Here are a few pics from our various acts so far, and yes. DF is usually dressed in unusual dress up clothes and Nora is in her Jammie's.... What can I say?

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Santa Claus

We saw Santa Claus for the 3rd time this year at Summit Bank last night.  David Franklin loves Santa and runs straight to him. This Santa remembered him and said, Hi David Franklin.  He couldn't believe Santa remembered him and it was so sweet.  He had some new, rather strange items on his list last night... a shark with one fin, eyes, and monster claws. (huh?)

Nora sat on Santa's lap for the first time on Sunday at the Country Club brunch and wasn't a fan.  Last night, I thought it might be better because it was a smaller crowd and this Santa helper was very friendly and had toys.  Not the case, she didn't totally melt down, but she didn't care for him much at all. Poor Santa.  I bet next year, she will change her mind! 

Round 1 at the HSCC, not happy!

Ran right up when he arrived at the bank!

Santa even tried crawling on his hands and knees for Nora, but she still wasn't having it.

This Sunday DF sang in church for the first time!  It was one song that they preschoolers sang the chorus of and we were so proud of him! He was so happy to see his grandparents in the audience and his sister got to come to big church to watch too.  She said "Bubby" and clapped!  It was a proud moment for all of us. 

Singing "The Gift goes On" at church for the first time. Pretty sure he licked the mike stand- ha! (Sorry it's blurry)

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Christmas Tree

Christmas time is officially here. We went and cut down our tree from the Christmas tree farm which is something we love to do each year. We had some great helpers this year. The lady saw how much David F liked it she said for him to come back when he's 16 and he could have a job. First job offer at 4!

We also went to see the beautiful lights at Garvan Gardens with a few other families this week. DF ran full force ahead of the group while Nora moseyed along looking (and pulling) on ever string of lights she could reach. It was a mild night and not a lot of people were there so it was a great night for our kids to go through it anyway they wanted without bothering anyone. The hot chocolate at the end was a hit for DFB and Nora loved the marshmallows. She packed them in her cheeks and asked the ladies for more 3 times. We had to cut her off :)

Little full.  Lotta sap.


Monday, December 3, 2012

All Aboard!!

We went to Branson to ride the Polar Express train last weekend with the McBride and Herndon families. We rented a cabin on lake Taneycomo and all had so much fun!

The train was cute and the kids wore their Christmas pjs, had unlimited sugar cookies, hot coco, and talked to Santa and Mrs. Claus. We sang Christmas carols and the Polar Express book was read on board. The "big boys" had so much fun together. Nora was out numbered in the boys club but she had no idea and hung right with them- tough chick in the making!