Saturday, February 25, 2012

Christmas... in February.

I'm going to make this short and snappy.

Merry Christmas!!!

As your prize, you'll be happy to know that we are a month closer to getting internet at the new house!!!!!
I know!!!!!  :)

We took a family trip to Natchitoches to see the Christmas Festival of Lights!
This will definitely be a family tradition every year....  it was SO sweet!!!
One place that will NOT be a part of our family tradition::  This gross Natchitoches diner right by Northwestern!  I thought it would be fun because it looked so cute from the outside and it boasted that they had the BEST Natchitoches meat pies.  Lies.  All lies.
The only good part about this place??  I had the cutest dates.  :)

Me and my Vannie.

Overwhelmed with all the lights, people, music, and shopping to be done! 

Showing brother off...

Big tree. Tiny Vannie.

I love Christmas with my babies!!!!!

Such a sweet daddy!

Our Poole Party just making a splash 
on the Red River in Natchitoches!!  Haa!

SNOW!!!!  There were snow machines set up the side of the road to blow foamy snow out on the cars and people below!  So as you walk down the street and shop, there's snow billowing outside the window...  Just when you thought shopping couldn't get any better, they add SNOW!!! 

It was $4.00 to see Santa Claus.
Sooooo this was as close as we got!  Haaha!!

My Christmas cutie!

I love my beautiful boys!

 So for this Christmas, I put Pinterest hard to work!  I made a lot of homemade gifts this year, including soap, bath salts, a bird feeder, and wreaths!!  I don't know if any of it is still holding together now... Ha!  But it was SO much fun to make!!  Here is the wreath I made for my mother in law!  It's my new favorite wreath ever to make!  It only takes about 10 minutes to assemble and look how CUUUUUUUUUUUUTE!!!!!!!!!

Our big Christmas gift::
A new lawn mower!!!!!
Wade loves taking Vannie for 10:00 PM strolls!!!!

Savannah's new KITCHEN!!!

Our new little chefs!!

Van LOOOOOVES her new kitchen!
She cooks over a hot stove, just like her daddy mommy!!!

Christmas in the new house!!!
{The tree never did get finished decorated...  this picture is the way it stayed. 
No ribbon.  No red ornaments.  No tree topper.  Lazy won this year. Haa!!}

Skyping with our favorite nephews!!!!!
Here is our red-nosed Gavin!!! 

Christmas Dinner 2011::
Let's start with dessert!
Here is Heather's Chocolate Gingerbread Toffee Cake!!! 
After making homemade whipped cream with freshly zested ginger,
we savored every.single.calorie.  Sooooo delicious!

Wade made his FIRST FRIED TURKEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

One word::  PHENOMENAL.

My beatiful turkey with his beautiful turkey.

Yellow Squash Casserole with Jen's homegrown squash!!

Memommy's famous Chicken and Dumplings!!

Cheesy Vegetable Medley!

Pan Sauteed Brussel Sprouts...  we can leave these out next year.  :)

Fresh Purple Hull Peas from Jen's garden!!

Jen made Sister Schubert's Recipe for Homemade Parker House Rolls
and Mrs. Dixie made her Spelt Cornbread!!!  WONDERFUL!!!!!

Mrs. Dixie's Chicken Cornbread Dressing!!!

One of my favorite things to take pictures of every holiday::
The fooooooood!!!

There is nothing quite as sweet as being home for the holidays!
Thank you, Jesus, for our precious, precious family!!

Andrew and Callie both got little tricycles
that they will have to learn to ride!!!
Meanwhile, they enjoyed the box.  :)


And guess what all of the big girls got...??
NEW BIKES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
With Disney princesses on them and a big pink bell and
pretty, shiny pink streamers on the handlebars!!!!!!!!!!!!
I think you all know what I want for me next Christmas....  :)
Here is Daddy teaching Van how to ride her bike!!

Our brave girls learned how to ride a big girl bike on Chrismas Day!!!

Merry Christmas to you all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The AMAZING Allyson Collins came out to our house to take pictures of us for Christmas!!  Here are just a few of the great shots she got!  Thanks, Al, for being so wonderful AND so patient!  Haa!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
from our family to yours!!

Love to you all!!

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From childhood friends to high school sweethearts, and now newlyweds and brand-new parents, Wade and I can only thank Jesus for His incredible blessings. Our three children are the ULTIMATE gifts from God and we pray that our lives glorify Him. He is our everything.