Christmas Day

The kids woke up at about 8:00 on Christmas morning which was kind of a pleasant surprise!  Usually they wake up around 7:30. :)  When they ran out into the living room, this is what they found! Santa had filled their stockings and left each of them one big gift!  Emma got an American Girl doll, and Foster get a red Radio Flyer scooter just like Emma’s pink one!

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Here is the letter that Santa left for them… they were also happy to see that Santa ate their cookies and drank the milk!

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Emma’s silly face as she took gifts out of her stocking…

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Meet “Kit,” Emma’s new American Girl doll… we think Emma and Kit look a lot alike!  Emma also got an American Girl hairbrush, a hospital gown for her, and a pajama set!  Then at Nana’s house she got an adorable sweater and leggings outfit for Kit from Aunt Judy. :)

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Here is Foster standing on his new scooter and checking out his new Camelback water bottle!

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And here is baby Cash on his first Christmas morning!

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The biggest surprise of the morning came when Pops and Gigi ran out into the living room and surprised the kids!  Due to the predicted snow and ice that was going to happen in Oklahoma on Christmas day, Pops and Gigi decided to drive all night to get to Tulsa before the roads got bad.  Emma and Foster were SO excited to see them!  It was special that Pops and Gigi got to see our kids open their gifts on Christmas morning.

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Introducing Gigi to Kit

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Emma and Foster opening the rest of their gifts from Mommy and Daddy

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Emma and Foster got each other gifts too… Daddy took each of them to the store separately on Christmas Eve to pick out gifts.  Ironically, they both got each other craft-related gifts!  They really “know each other” and love each other!

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After we opened gifts and let them play with them for a little while, we all got dressed and headed over to Nana’s house to celebrate with the Foster side of our family.  Here is Emma right after we arrived to Nana’s house.

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Nana feeding Cash a bottle

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Stocking time!  These are the original stockings that my Great-Aunt Auntie made for our family many years ago.  We need to put our kids’ names on them more permanently. :)

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Foster opening his motorized Thomas Train from Nana

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Cash checking out the adorable Peek-A-Boo bear from Ron, Christi, and Judy

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Sneaking in some Mommy-Cash cuddle time…. he turned 2 weeks old on Christmas Day!

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Judy and Ron gazing at Cash… Judy and Ron are my Dad’s brother and sister.  I SO wish that my Dad could have known my kids, but I am also SO thankful that Judy and Ron are such a big part of my kids’ lives- I really don’t know what we’d do without them!
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This was Uncle Ron’s first time to hold Cash!

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Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve was a quiet, fun time for our family.  My Mom and Judy came over around 5:30 in the evening and stayed until about 9:00 that night.  My good friend, Jamey, stopped by for a while too.  My kids always LOVE to hang out with Jamey.

Aunt Judy brought Enchillada dinners from Ted’s and it was absolutely yummy.

Here is a pic of all 3 kiddos on Christmas Eve

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Nana cuddling with baby Cash

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Daddy holding Cash

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Here is Cash smiling about something!

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Showing off his beautiful eyes… right now they are a dark grey/blue color

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After we ate dinner we played some Christmas games in the living room.  Judy had bought a Christmas trivia game and we quickly learned that the questions were pretty hard!  Nana also read a story to the kids relating different brands of candy to the Christmas story.  She did this last year too and the kids loved it.

After games we had dessert- traditional Braum’s peppermint ice cream.  Yummy!

After Judy and Nana went home it was time for the kids to leave cookies and milk for Santa and write their annual letter to him.  This year Emma wanted to write hers all by herself and we were happy to let her!  She decided what she wanted to say and spelled everything out herself!

Foster pretended to write his own letter too. :)

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I love the monster trucks on the table… they are never far from his sight!!

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Posing on the firepace with Santa’s milk and cookies.  Foster is quite a ham these days!

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All ready for bed… we have a tradition of letting the kids sleep on the floor in our room on Christmas Eve night.  They look forward to this all year long!  It took a while for them to wind down but soon enough they were both snoring away.

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Sunday before Christmas

We decided to be brave and go to church on the Sunday before Christmas  This was our first big outing with Cash and his first time to church… he was only 12 days old!  Emma and Cash went to the church service with us, and Foster went to his class in childcare.   Cash did a great job during the service- he slept most of the time in his carseat.

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Towards the end of the service Cash started to get a little squirmy so we got him out to hold him… Emma wanted to hold him first. :)

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Family pictures after the service

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Sunday afternoon I took some pictures of Cash on our bed wearing his “My First Christmas” outfit.

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I am SO in love with this little boy.

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Making Cookies with Judy

One of my favorite childhood Christmas memories is making (and eating) Christmas cookies with my Grandma.  She made the BEST cookies and we all remember eating dozens of them when we were at her house to celebrate Christmas.  Now that I have my own kids, I want to pass this tradition on to them, but the entire process is overwhelming to me!  Thankfully, Judy offered to take this task on this year!  She made my Grandma’s recipe for sugar cookie dough the night before and then brought the dough over on the Saturday before Christmas and let the kids help her through the entire process.  They LOVED it!

Here they are getting ready to start… getting the dough out of the bowl

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Rolling out the dough… Judy started and then the kids each got a turn rolling the dough

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Emma’s turn…

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She stood on her chair to get some extra leverage!

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Foster’s turn…

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Starting to cut out the cookies

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Daddy even got in on the cookie cutting action…

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Cash was present for the cookie cutting… doesn’t he look thrilled!  He had just eaten. :)  Aunt Judy got him this adorable bib… it has special meaning because we called my Great Aunt (Judy’s Aunt), “Auntie.”

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While the cookies cooked and cooled we played with Cash

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Decorating the cookies… at first we were worried that we didn’t have enough dough to make a bunch of cookies… the dough went a LOT farther than we anticipated! There were a LOT of cookies to decorate!

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Emma took the cookie decorating very seriously… Foster just ATE cookies and became very slap-happy.

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One of Emma’s gingerbread men… she carefully thought out how she wanted to decorate each cookie.

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Some of the finished cookies!  We made 54 cookies in all… and we at them pretty quickly!  We saved a few to set out for Santa on Christmas Eve and had about a dozen left over to take to Nana’s on Christmas Day.

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Thank you so much Aunt Judy for this very fun memory!

Piano Man

We can already tell that Foster is going to be musically inclined… he has always loved music but lately he sings all the time and he is really on pitch!  He also loves to sit at the piano and pretend that he is playing a song.  It is really precious.  I’m excited for him to get to be in Children’s Choir at church next year!

Here are a few pictures of our piano man…

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“Magnificent Baby”

While Nana took the big kids to Bass Pro Shop, Robin, Cash, and I got to hang out at home for a quiet morning… it was so nice!  We decided to take a few pictures of Cash in his nursery. He was 10 days old in these pictures.

The outfit Cash has on was given to me by my sweet friend, Terra, who has a monogramming business.  The brand of the outfit is “Magnificent Baby” and the outfit closes together by magnets (instead of snaps, buttons, or zippers.)  It’s the coolest thing ever!  Terra put his initials on the outfit which makes it even more special. :)  Thanks so much Terra, I love this outfit!!!

Here is Cash saying, “Really guys, more pictures????”

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Bass Pro with Nana

Friday December 21st Nana took Emma and Foster to Bass Pro Shops to see Santa and then to lunch.  This was Emma and Nana’s first day of Winter Break so it was fun to start it off with a bang!

Nana took a lot of pictures with her camera… looks like the kids had a great time!

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Unfortunately, I don’t have a digital image of the “Santa Picture” but will try to scan it in soon.  Nana said the kids did fairly well sitting on Santa’s lap.  I don’t either child talked to Santa but they also didn’t cry or run away so I consider that a “win!”

Thank you Nana for taking Emma and Foster on such a fun outing!

Emma’s Christmas Party at School

Emma’s school party was on Thursday, December 20th which was her last day of school before Winter Break.  I was able to leave Foster and Cash at home with Robin so I could slip away and be there for her party.

The kids didn’t perform or sing for the parents this time.  Instead, there were stations set up around the room and the kids rotated in “teams” from station to station.  I got to go with Emma and watch her make crafts, play games, etc.  We had a great time!

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Color game

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Digging for reindeer food

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Making reindeer food

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Making a reindeer hat

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Emma’s Birthday

We had Emma’s friend Birthday party on December 1st because I knew that things were going to be crazy after Cash was born.  However, we still made time to celebrate her Birthday on the actual day with family.  Thankfully Nana offered for us to celebrate at her house.  It was a good chance for all of us to get out of the house and her house was much cleaner than ours. :)

Here are some of the gifts waiting for Emma…

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Before diving into Birthday festivities the kids got to open a Christmas/baby gift from our Cousin Carolyn who lives in Arizona.  She got the kids each Big Brother/Big Sister ornaments, an ornament for Cash, and some new pacis for Cash.  She is always so thoughtful…. we love our Carolyn.

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Nana and the kids warming up by the fire

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The Birthday girl holding her baby brother

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Foster playing cars on one of Nana’s chairs

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We ordered Rex’s chicken for dinner and it was yummy!

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Nana with 1 week old Cash

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My 2nd Cousin Sara holding Cash for the first time

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Sara’s daughter, Haley, holding Cash for the first time.  I still remember holding Haley when she was this little!

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Gift time!

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One of Emma’s gifts from us… a Chinese Barbie Doll… we thought this would be a cool gift since Emma is learning to speak Chinese at school.

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Lalaloopsy doll from Nana!

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Emma’s Birthday cake was an ice cream cake from Baskin Robbins… she picked it out on-line.  Daddy talked her into getting oreos n creme ice cream… she originally said plain ‘ol vanilla and we just couldn’t have that!

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In true Emma fashion, she blew out the candle mid-way through us singing “Happy Birthday,” she is a non-conformist!

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After opening gifts the kids wanted to play with Emma’s new legos.  Sara was so sweet to help them!

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First Bath at Home

We gave Cash his first sponge bath at home on Sunday, December 16h.  His hair was starting to look pretty greasy!

I put him on some padded towels on the bathroom counter and the kids helped sponge him down.

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This picture cracks me up… we had been to Target earlier in the day and we let each of the big kids pick out one treat from the $1 bins and Emma chose this Misteltoe headband.  She loves it and wears it all the time!  So akward!

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I saved his hair for last.  I wrapped up in a warm blanket out of the dryer and then washed his hair from the faucet.  He really seemed to like it!

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Spikey clean hair!

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Brushing his hair for a “comb-over”

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“Whew, that bath was exhausting!”  Night night.

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