Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Happy New Year 2016

 We were blessed with the opportunity to spend time with some good friends of ours for New Years Eve.  We didn't make it till midnight but we were at their house way passed this lil guys bedtime.
 At one point I tried to take him in a back bedroom and lay him down.  Since he's used to a crib...this didn't work out well at all.  He was not about to miss all the excitement.
 The kids had set up their chairs to watch some tv.
 They  even  made a fort.
 Around 10:30pm we decided to go ahead and pretend it was the new year.  Sis was excited.
 We found a video on Netflix that let us do our own countdown at anytime we wanted.  They actually had about 6 videos to choose from.  The kids loved counting down so much that we ended up doing all six videos.
 Around 9:00 this boy got a second wind and was goofy and silly the rest of the night.
 Speaking of silly.
 Welcoming the new year in with this cutie.
 Bubby being silly.
 Starting to show signs of being tired.  We ended up making it home around 11:30.  It was a fun night and great way to start 2016
 Bubby was invited to a friends birthday party that just so happened to be on my birthday too.  Bubby informed me right away that he would be going to his friend's birthday instead of mine.  I didn't blame him.  But we were able to go to the friend's party that morning...
 And Bubby G had a blast with some of his school friends...
 And then that night we got to celebrate my birthday at my folks house.  The Big #30.
 It was a wonderful night.
 Sissy liked helping me blow out the candles.
 Nothing better than spending time with family for your birthday.
 My handsome dude....
 He was seeing the reflections in the window and was getting a kick out of it.
 Sissy wanted to sing at church.
 Bubby being goofy during Sunday School.
 Happy Boy.
 Precious Moments.
 More Little G smiles.
 Gotta love her style in clothes.
 Bubby's isn't much better.
 They wanted to all sit down and take pictures together.  You don't have to tell this Mama twice.
  Love these three smiles....
 And these three kiddos so so much.
 Hey....why not wear a tie.
It's been fun helping coach a local girls high school basketball team....and I think the kiddos have enjoyed it too.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Crazy Hair, Prunes, & Fred's Burial

 I'm not sure what gunk this little dude got in his hair....but when he woke up from his nap he had some crazy hair.
 Getting him to sit still long enjoy for a picture was hard....but I think you can tell the craziness well enough.  Crazy hair or not...he was still smiling.
 Time to eat and it was this little dudes lucky day..... We had prunes.  Nothing better in all the world than prune baby food. 
 Okay....well...maybe he's not as excited about the prunes as I thought he would be.
 Scratch that.  Nothing but smiles coming from this prune filled face.
 I'm sad to report the passing of our first fish, Fred. 
 This little guy took it the hardest.  Lots and lots of tears and questions as to why Fred was gone. 
(Note: we did not tell Bubby that most likely the reason that Fred passed away was because Mom neglected to clean his fish bowl for about a month.)
It was heartbreaking to see him crushed it....but in the explanation of everything Mr. G decided to throw in there that Fred needed to be flushed down the toilet for a proper burial.  This was very disturbing to Bubby G but when Sissy came in the bathroom to see what all the commotion was about Bubby explained to her about Fred and then walked over and put him in the potty and flushed him.  It was shocking but it goes to show how quickly kids can move on with things.  Even the tough stuff like losing your pet fish.

Christmas 2015

 Daddy and Bubby G had gone to see Star Wars together at the movie theater so Miss Sissy G and I decided it would be a good time to bake our cookies for Santa.
 I let her place the cookies on the cookie sheet however she thought they should go.
 She was most definitely having a good time.
 Notice her placement of the cookies.  I tried at one point to spread them out but apparently Santa does not like spread out cookies.....nope....he likes cookies that come out looking like....
 THIS!!!  Perfect according to Sissy G.
 I think I have posted before about the random places I find this little girl sleeping at night.  On this particular night I had to make sure she was breathing because she was sleeping face down in the carpet. 
 That next morning....Christmas Eve....Bubby G and I were getting some food ready for our Christmas get-togethers that day.  He was helping cut the baby bell peppers and was doing a great job.
 Our first stop was Nana and Gampa's.  These two cousins were very anxious to start opening presents.  It's hard for kids to understand why adults would want to eat first and open presents second.
 As usual, Little G was happy no matter what.
 Everyone getting the plates ready.  This is a meal I look forward to all year round.  It's a huge brunch and let me just tell you....it's DELICIOUS!!
 Here's proof.
 Little G cheesin' at his big cousin.
 Two cuties.
 Finally it was time to start opening presents.  Sissy got a baby in a carseat. 
 Bubby and my nephew opening their first presents.
 Moving on to her next gift.
 I absolutely love this picture with the perfect smile on the little man's face and the neat scene of Polar Express in the background.  It's just a classic Christmas picture to me.
 Peppa Pig characters for Sissy G.
 Paw Patrol toy for Bubby.
 Little G was digging into his first gift.
 It seems to be picture after picture of kiddos opening presents.  I guess I could just show you one picture of each kid opening a gift and that would suffice....but it's hard to choose which picture.
 Checking out each other's gifts.
 Its a wonderful time of year...forget the presents...it's the family that makes it special.  I would give anything to my other brother and his family there too.
 After Nana and Gampa's we then drove up north to see Grandma and Papa and that whole gang.  Bubby was passed out pretty quickly.
 Sissy, however....never did fall asleep.  She was having a little trouble with her baby and carseat.  Oh...the struggles of a 2-year-old.
 One of my favorite things about driving north to see family is getting to see this giant cross on the way.  It was a beautiful Christmas Eve day and the picture of the cross ahead of us just took my breath away.
 It never gets old driving by this beautiful artwork of what grace is all about.
 Sissy G checking out the pile of gifts when we got there.
 The plan was to eat first but the kids were just too dog-on excited about the gifts....sovGrandma gave in and let them each open one gift.
 My adorable little nephew begging to open just one gift before we eat.
 The first gift Bubby opened was one of this favorite gifts of all...the BatBot.
 Both boys checking out their new toys.
 And the little one with a sword and smile. 
 The adults were forced to eat quickly so the kids could go on with the rest of their gifts.  Actually, the adults ended up just grazing the entire afternoon and evening....so don't feel bad for us.
 Happy boy.
 Little G was crawling all around checking out what everyone was doing.
 Grandma helping Sissy with one of her gifts.
 Lost in a world of joy opening present after present.
 Getting to open her biggest gift of all which was a huge doll house.
 Brushing Dora's hair.
 The two littlest ones in matching shirts and checking out Little G's new toy.
 While the kids played with their toys the adults filled their time with playing an old toy....Super Mario Bros.
 Papa reading The Night Before Christmas to all his grandkids.
 I wanted to get a group photo of our three kids in front of their beautiful Christmas tree....but it didn't really work out.
 Sissy was the first to leave.
So why not take the time for a couple individual pictures of these cute boys.
 I love his cheesin'.
 And how he is seriously always smiling.
 Story time.
 Later that night we went to the Christmas Eve service at my in-laws church.  Little G enjoyed standing up and moving around between the chairs during the service.
 These two enjoying the song service.
 My littlest nephew sitting by me at church.  Considering our row had 5 kids all 4 and under....I'd say we kept it pretty calm. 
 Bubby G decided to take some pictures with my phone and he took this one of his Papa with a photobomb by his uncle.
 Love this boy.
 That night Mr. G and I set up the toys for the kiddos.
 And Santa ate the cookies and drank the milk and even left a note for the kids thanking them.
 The next morning we woke up and the kids were ready for even more presents.  The only present Little G wanted at that time was some extra cuddles from his Dad.
 Ripping open some gifts.
 Playing with all their new toys.
 Little G chillin' by dad.
 Sissy excited about her new Captain America mask.
 A new indoor basketball goal for Bubby.
 Little G was just trying to keep up.
 Diggin in for more.
 Sissy wearing her new purse.
 Bubby with his Star Wars gear.
 And Little G crawling all around the madness.
 Sissy opening her stocking.
 Putting on her new necklace.
 Dr. Sissy G is ready for her patients now. 
(Note:  I actually found this Doc McStuffins clinic at the dumpster one day....it's missing a few pieces but for the most part it was in great condition)
 Sissy singing us a special on her new microphone. 
(Note: this microphone only worked for about 6 more hours.  I was not a happy camper)
 Bubby setting up his new toy.
 Sissy making coffee with her new pretend coffee pot.
 Making music.
 Little G enjoying his elephant ride.
 "Yepeeeee....It's Christmas."
 Sitting in his new chair.
 Have I ever mentioned that this boy is always smiling?
 That night we ate at the Chinese restaurant with Nana and Gampa as is tradition.  Little G was getting his first taste of an orange.
And at the end of the night I snapped a neat picture of Gampa showing Sissy the Merry Moon.  (A full moon on Christmas Night)
Talk about a wonderfully blessed Christmas and 2015 as a whole.  We enjoyed Christmas and the entire Christmas season and all the ways of celebrating Jesus' birth and time spent with family.