Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Christmas Eve

Since Keith works every Christmas, our family tradition is to celebrate as a family on Christmas Eve. The plan is to have dinner, go to our church's Christmas Eve service, then home for gifts with just the six of us. This year, we invited my parents to come to dinner before all heading to church. However, the snow and ice caused the service to be cancelled, so after dinner Nana and Pappaw headed home and we opened gifts.

We got a few pictures under the tree, but none of them turned out very well. Too much going on. Each child got a favorite gift...Will's was a hard to find F-15 model airplane, Charlie's was his own DS- which he had to "earn" by learning to read, Katie Beth's was a new baby doll- which she named "Baby Gung-gung" (who knows why), and Jack loved his new Thomas the trains!

After opening gifts we tried for another picture under the tree, but it was simply too chaotic. Jack is so on-the-go he was a smear in most of the pictures.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Rare White Christmas in Fort Worth

On December 23, the kids were in shorts and short sleeves shirts, enjoying the 70 degree temps. It was beautiful and sunny. The next day was completely different! Christmas Eve morning it began to snow. We had snow in the forecast for most of the day, blowing snow to be specific. The ground was so wet that it would melt as soon as it hit. But a few hours later, it began to stick, slowly at first, but gradually more and more. By mid-afternoon, the ground was white. It was beautiful! Keith got off work at 3:00pm and his normal 45 minute commute took an hour and 40 minutes. My dad had to park at our house because he couldn't get up his driveway. (They live directly behind us.) Our Christmas Eve service at church was cancelled because it was simply to dangerous to be out on the roads.

By 6:00 pm, we had several inches of ice and snow on the ground. We even had snow drifts, which never happens here. Keith was supposed to work Christmas morning at 7:00am, so the company offered all the people working A.M. shifts hotel rooms close to the airport. Keith tried to go, but literally couldn't get out of the driveway. We even have skid marks where one tire got through the ice, but the other 3 still couldn't get any traction. We put salt on the driveway, but still no luck. He ended up calling to tell them he wouldn't be able to come in, which he HATED to do, but there really wasn't a choice.

The next morning he and the boys got up and took pictures of the snow and had a snowball fight. This was the first true White Christmas in Fort Worth since 1927. We had snow flurries in 1997, but nothing stuck that time.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Bird Tree

The kids are out of school, which means we need to have some sort of outlet for our energy or we'll all go crazy! This morning, I found out that Home Depot was giving away their remaining live Christmas trees. I decided we should make a "bird tree." I figured they probably look like the Charlie Brown Christmas tree by now, but for free...I could go down and look.

When we got there, I was pleasantly surprised. The trees still looked really good...shedding needles, but looking good. I got a 6 foot Frasier Fur, which had been $37 and literally walked out with it. They even trimmed the base for me, which is good because Keith was working. On the way home, we pulled over beside the median and picked up a dozen pine cones. We also stopped by Dollar Tree for some popcorn. We got it home and put it on our front porch.

During naptime, I got everything ready for the boys to make pinecone feeders. They had them done before I got a picture of them working. They enjoyed rolling them in the peanut butter and birdseed. While we waited for them to dry, we started making popcorn garland. This project started well, but they lost interest pretty quickly. (They had a great time EATING the popcorn though.)

Once we had enough done to put on the tree, we started decorating. Will and Charlie are looking forward to watching the birds enjoy their Christmas dinner. And I have to say, it turned out to be a pretty fun activity, and cost less than $10, (the majority of that was birdseed, which I now have a LOT of!)

Jack's first hair cut...

I am so far behind on blogging!! I keep thinking that I'll sit down and do a power post, but it still hasn't happened. I'm assuming late is better than never so here goes...

Jack got his first haircut Dec 14. I loved his long hair and baby look, especially since this is my last baby. But, I was getting tired of the comments, and Keith was way past ready, so into the barber we went.

The boys have all had their first haircuts at Cool Cuts 4 kids, so I wanted to keep the tradition with Jack. I took him alone so that I could take some pictures. He loved all the trains to play with and that he got to watch Thomas the Tank Engine while they cut his hair. He never cried and sat really still. Even though I've done this twice before, I am still shocked by how much older they look when it's all done. He walked in a baby, but walked out a little boy. (And his mommy shed a tear...) Lots of pics, but they were just too cute. Enjoy!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Decorating the tree...

Well, I meant to post these pics long before now, but it just hasn't happened. Just a few pics of us decorating our tree. Each year we move a little bit away from chaos and a little bit towards fun and managable.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

It's been a big day

This morning, as the boys both got up to pee at 6:30am, Keith came back to bed saying "It's snowing outside." Of course, my response was "Yeah, right." It wasn't until the third time that I finally believed him. After getting up to look at it, I had to rush to the computer in hopes that they had cancelled school, or at least delayed the start...but it was not to be.

It was beautiful coming down and even stuck in the grass for a few hours. I felt bad that the boys didn't get to go out in it at all. It sure made decorating for Christmas a lot more fun! Thankfully, our new heating/ac system, although not completed yet, was at a stage where we could run the "emergency heat" all night. (We had no heat the night before except for space heaters. It actually wasn't that bad.)

Then, after lunch, Keith went to pick up our new rugs for our new laminate floors. They look wonderful! We decided to go with a light green color because there is already so much brown in the room. I think it really lightens up the room and I like the way it divides the two parts of the room and still provides good high traffic areas. I am LOVING my new laminate, so much easier to clean!