Friday, December 18, 2009

Oh Christmas Tree... Your Branches Green Delight Us...

Green branches at least a week or so longer... HOPEFULLY! We went to a real Christmas tree farm to cut down our tree this year ... only to learn that the furthest south they grow Fraser Firs is North Carolina ... so we bought a pre-cut tree and went back to cut down a tree for the boys (and ME!) I always wanted a kid tree - and we got one! Benjamin and I had a little date to the Christmas tree farm ... saw Santa, went on a wagon ride and cut down WHICHEVER tree we wanted!
We have been SO busy trying to get it decorated! We made a fruit loop chain, glitter star, jingle bell ornaments, snowmen with our pictures for the faces, tin-foil painted ornaments, wrapping paper ornaments, a navivity,tinsel, candy canes and tonight... cinnamon ornaments! We are planning to make a FEW more as well!
The boys tree in their playroom ... as decorated through tonight! (note: it is anchored by packaging tape in a pickle jar which is inside a glass bowl ... all weighted down with DIRT ... poor guy didn't and DOESN'T get any H2O ... we're investing in a stand after the holidays!)
So here are a few pictures of OUR tree... the boys at the tree farm (Benjamin PRETTY excited!):
The ornament Benjamin made for our tree this year!
Benjamin took this picture of us at the tree farm!
Micah's first Christmas ornament...
And our tree decorated in our living room!

A most WONDERFUL time of the year...

We are so excited for this WONDERFUL time of the year and all of the festivities that it brings! We started the season off with a WONDERFUL gift from Jonathan's mom ... a bag and notebook filled with Christmas Family Home Evenings ... and more for the year! Micah got his first taste of opening presents and LOVED IT!
Micah was NOT so excited to sit with Santa - as he just turned his hed into his shoulder and cried! Bottom line - he's not being picky about what he gets for Christmas!

Micah has found the tree and the presents and thinks it is so much fun to pull on the branches, lights, ornaments and anything that he can scoot to!

Here are Benjamin and Micah trying to figure out who's gifts are who's!

We went to my parent's to see Laura in the Nutcracker -- but you can't take pictures of the ballet ... but we did get a few at their house - Micah enjoying a few snacks (and yes he does have the orange "I'm eating baby-food now" nose!)...

My grandma reading to Benjamin - they were trying to hide behind the book!

On a COLD day this week... I let Benjamin play on the screened porch - Micah thought it was HILLARIOUS -- hopefully you can see Micah's reflection in the glass!

AND ... my Grandma promised me a picture with Micah! Here we are at the Cyclorama in Atlanta ... she's been wanting to see this "historic piece of art" for many years ... so my mom surprised her and brought her! We had a WONDERFUL visit -- I love my Grandma!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

A THANKFUL Thanksgiving recap!

The ONE and ONLY ... red-headed INDIAN!

We had a WONDERFUL week full of Thanksgiving festivities which included:
1. Benjamin's Thanksgiving program - which Grammy and Grampy came to and were a HUGE help with Micah so that I could record Benjamin NOT even singing one single word ... oh well :)
Here's Benjamin, Me and Micah (a very TIRED little guy!) ...
2. Mom Mom, Laura, Nana, and Albert coming to spend a couple days and give their FULL attention to the boys!
FHE turkey cookies...
Nana and Benjamin making "turtles"...
Albert playing with Micah - do they look related or what?
3. A delicious dinner at the Owens's in Ringgold ... I wish I had the big group picture - everything was SO yummy and so fun to be with family!
Benjamin and his cousin Kinsley!
I am so grateful for our many many blessings -- but LOVE being married to Jonathan, having two amazing little boys and a wonderful extended family!