Friday, December 26, 2014

Christmas Eve & Day

We had a wonderful small family Christmas in Mansfield.  We went to the Christmas Eve service.  I am not a huge fan of Christmas music but am always moved to tears when we sing Silent Night by candlelight.
We went to Gigi and Pop's house for tamales - carrying on the South Texas tradition. 
After we sprinkled reindeer food and left out cookies for Santa, Gracie read The Night Before Christmas.
Super excited to open presents.  
Gigi made Grandma Sparks' cinnamon rolls and a vegan version for Drew and Caroline.  Don't worry they didn't touch the bacon.  
This was a our first Christmas with Uncle Drew and Aunt Caroline in a long time and we enjoyed every minute of it. 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Neighborhood Progressive Dinner

We love all of our neighbors in Cabot Estates so David and I had the idea of getting everyone together over Christmas.  I remember my parents doing a progressive dinner and having such a good time.  Their was eight different families - the Daughtery's, the Ruhland's, us, the Donaho's, the Countryman's, the Kleinjan's, the Grayson's and the Griese's. 
We broke it up into four houses, two families in charge of the food.  
We had a hayride and golf carts to get around the neighborhood.
By the last house you can tell the kids are getting tired and the parents are just getting started.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Santa

Visiting Santa at the mall is always a treat.  This is our sixth year visiting the same green chair.
The girls were so excited to tell Santa what they wanted for Christmas.
Then my Mom's Group had a breakfast play date with the Big Man himself.  He was such a great storyteller and the kids were in awe of him.  
:)
No snow here in Texas, Santa!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Libby - The Consumate Entertainer

Libby's Preschool had their annual Christmas Program and it was so cute.  Marching into "Little Drummer Boy."
She had all the moves down, sang loud and smiled.
With her teacher Mrs. Michelle.
Her dance studio also had a Christmas performance.  They did a ballet performance to "We Wish you the Merriest."
Such a cutie.
And we LOVE Mrs. Annemarie.  She is fun and quirky, but firm.  Libby has learned so much from her.