Saturday, January 2, 2010

Christmas...the second half

We arrived home on New Years Eve from our many days of gallivanting across the beautiful Kentucky countryside. The second half of our Christmas trip was spent at my parents' house, where the company is always...errrr...interesting...
It twas a great visit and went by way too fast. The kids enjoyed learning how to put on coats, playing with cousin Hailey, critiquing how their uncles' rooms smelled, and pestering the poor cat during their every waking moments.
The eve of my little one's 6th birthday, she lost her second top tooth...making her a pirate no more. She has the cutest little lisp ever...especially since I know it is temporary and will be going away once the teeth return. However, I am enjoying the big ole' gap while we have it before the quintessential "too big for her little face" adult teeth come through. Here's to entering into the awkward stages of growing up.
Another treat for the kiddos was a small snowfall blanketing the ground, which just so happened to be exactly what they had been wishing for during this trip. We wasted no time getting outside to catch snowflakes on our tongues...a must for the kids since seeing it once on a Charlie Brown special. And to make it even more special, Aunt Bethany had given the girls a gorgeous makeover before the snow came, which gave them such a wonderful street-corner appeal for the must-have snow pics. Gotta love me some hot pink eye shadow.
After the kids were tucked away soundly under humpteen dozen blankets, my littlest sis and I decided to take a late night sledding trip. My parents have one of the crappiest lots in the city when it comes to mowing, but it just so happens to be the best when it comes to sledding since the back yard slopes at about a 278 degree angle. With cookie sheets and tupperware tops in hand, we conquered the hills, ran into a stray tree or three, and wet our britches just a wee bit...afterall, we aren't as young as we used to be. I seriously haven't laughed that much in ages. We took the kids out the next morning before the snow melted too much, and they created lasting memories bundling up in multiple layers of clothing, sliding down the hills, and watching their fingers turn an eerie shade of dark purple. Turns out that holey thin gloves don't hold up too well when they get wet...who knew?!Emma spent most of her time outside sampling snow, to which she was reminded over and over not to eat any snow even mildly resembling the shade of yellow...or brown...or green...or basically anything but white. Basically, we just taught her some life-long lessons that she more than likely will never learn in our home state.
Hailey was such a doll. She has the sweetest smile and loves to congratulate herself with a round of clapping each time she thinks she deserves it. Of course, this would create a room full of applause...because she is just so stinking adorable.
We celebrated Abby's 6th birthday at Gattitown, which is a suped-up Chuck E Cheese without the annoyance factor. The kids had a blast, and amazingly enough, the grown-ups did too...take that Chuck E.
It was great to see my littlest bro on his break during basic training. He left again today to head back to Fort Sill, OK for a few more weeks of basic and some additional classroom time. We sure are proud of him taking this step to serve our country.
So after being gone from home for almost 2 weeks, we decided that it was probably time to get back in to our regular routine...meaning that the kids couldn't go 3 days between brushing their teeth anymore. We made the long trek back home to the deep south with a really sick little girl in tow...poor Emma got sick a couple of days before we left and is still sick. She has been running 103-104 temps for 6 days now, which prompted a quick trip to the after-hours doc within an hour of our arrival home New Years Eve. The poor girl is still miserable and exhausted, as this virus has taken a ton out of her. Nate came down with a runny nose yesterday and woke with a fever this morning, so we are keeping a close eye on him as well, although he seems to be doing really well with it all. Anyway, good trip and great visits with friends and family...but it is nice to be home again.


Beth on January 3, 2010 at 1:46 PM said...

Looks like so much fun!! We love the pictures. Matthew especially liked the one of Emma in the boots and hat. We are sending lots of hugs and kisses to your family. Praying for Emma and Nathan. We love you! Beth, Brian and Matthew

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a wonderful trip. Abby looks adorable with her missing teeth. I am glad I am not the only one that may have forgot to brush their kids teeth every night while visiting family over the holidays! I hope everyone feels better soon.

~sydney~ on January 6, 2010 at 4:44 PM said...

So fun! Saw these pictures on FB. I LOVE the makeovers Bethany did on the girls!

shalonda on January 7, 2010 at 7:00 PM said...

wow amber looks liek yall had a blast as usual....all i have to say is i think i spy some pretty fabshonable pink eye shadow on emma and it cracks me up, lol! happy new year friend

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