Friday, January 13, 2012

Christmas Festivities

Being a part-time working, nauseous-experiencing first trimester, expecting mommy has been hard to adjust to.  BUT, I think I've finally gotten the hang of it and I'm not sleepy and puking at 6 p.m. every night now so maybe the blogging will pick back up.  So, for now I'll catch you up on what we've been up to over the past few weeks.  **Warning - photo overload!**

We searched for the perfect Christmas tree.

Tried to untangle all the lights.
Took precious pics of our adorable children.  Yes, Bella is still considered one of our children. ;)

Enjoyed the RH Christmas Parade w/ Yaya and Pop Pop.
Went to the Edward Jones and Junior Welfare League Christmas parties.  In the same outfits mind you.  {Hey, my dresses don't come close to fitting these days thanks to my precious bump I'm sporting.}
Luxed Yaya & Pop Pop's tree.  SO beautiful and I love this tradition.
Some even joined Santa's crew of reindeer.
Had Christmas arts and crafts time.
 Enjoyed a yummy brunch at the club and was greeted by Santa himself.

 Someone loves posing for pics.

 More arts and crafts time.  Thanks Pinterest!
 We built our very own gingerbread house.  And enjoyed eating the candy off of it too!
 Had "coffee" in a Santa coffee mug.
 Had a blast on a fun play date w/ the boys.
 More Christmas arts and crafts time thanks to Pinterest.
 And then, it was finally Christmas Eve!  We celebrated Christmas w/ the D's on Christmas Eve and loved every second of it.

 Afterwards, we headed home and quickly put out reindeer food and cookies for Santa so they would be SURE to stop by our house.

 And Santa DEFINITELY didn't skip over our house.  Our tree was surrounded by tons of fun gifts for the whole family.  Especially one precious princess.
 Not sure why but this pic is turned.  Stella got drums, a guitar and headphones - just like The Fresh Beat Band.  We have our very own rockstar!!
 Then it was on to Columbia for Round 2 at Granma & Papa's house where we scarfed down a yummy breakfast that Papa made and quickly opened presents.  We were all spoiled once again.  The D's must have been good this year!

 Then we headed to Mimi & Steve's for Round 3 w/ the McMichael clan.  The kiddos were too cute this year.  Hard to believe that next year there will be another one added in the mix.
 All the kiddos enjoyed a dance party w/ Great!  Especially Stella - she copied EVERYTHING Great did.  It was hilarious!
 The final stop on Christmas Day was at my Aunt Joan's house for Round 4.  I'm so glad we were able to spend time w/ my grandparents, aunt and cousins.  There are 4 great grands on this side so we decided to just do gifts for the children and it was perfect.  They had a ball and we loved watching them open presents and play together.

What a special Christmas we had.  Our last one as a family of 3.  That sounds so weird to say and while it makes me sad, I'm SUPER excited about next Christmas w/ our new little one and to be a family of 4.  

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