Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
We had a wonderful lunch with some wonderful people at The Olive Garden this afternoon with Chris (Gianna's godfather and David's best friend) and his parents. We were there for over two hours - I couldn't believe Gianna lasted that long! :)
Of course our children were spoiled some more - they received more gifts! How fortunate are we to have so many loving people in our lives that take the time to think of our kids. But I think the best present was the time we spent together. No gift is better than that!
Friday, December 25, 2009
I hadn't put out the kids stockings, because I knew Gianna would be pull them down so I had intended to put them up on Christmas Eve. I never said anything to the kids about this and they didn't say anything to me. However, after I put Gianna to bed (David had already tucked the big kids into bed), I came into the living room and found this.....David helped the children make a plate of cookies and chocolate milk for Santa while Gemma added her socks to the fireplace! One for her and one for Spencer - I guess Gianna was on her own! David said she thought I had forgotten about the stockings!
Here are the kids Christmas morning. Santa leaves his gifts by the stockings (I neglected to take a picture!), that's why the kids aren't even looking at the tree.
Gianna and Gemma are checking out the loot - they didn't do too shabby!
Here is Gianna unwrapping her gift - an Aquadoodle. She is really enjoying the toy. But I think she had more fun unwrapping! After this, she helped David with his gifts.
Here are Gemma and Spencer opening their gifts. After spending some time admiring their gifts, the kids spent about 30 minutes sitting quietly on the couch reading! (They each recevied 2 chapter books.) By Christmas night, Gemma had finished one book!
After a quiet morning at home we showered, dressed (I should also mention that David had to go out and clear the driveway of 4 more inches of snow. This was the heavy, wet kind - he was exhausted when he was done!) and went to spend the afternoon with Judy, the kids and grandpa and Nonna. It was a quiet (relatively speaking) afternoon. Judy had a spread of appetizers and we just grazed while visiting and enjoying one another's company.
Then we went to my mom's house. She too had a little something for each child. After an evening of visiting it was time to go home and go to bed! I really wanted a picture of the kids together NOT in pajamas. I had tried several times throughout the day. Gianna was always being a stinker. Apparently I was ALWAYS catching her at the wrong time.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Here are Gianna and Gemma playing with their cousin Moira. She received a digital camera for Christmas and Gemma was showing her how to use it.
This is David's nephew Jason (Moira's dad) and his brother Jim.
A group shot of the little ones in front of Nonna's Christmas tree. I tried several times and this is the best I could do. At least I captured them all looking in my direction - that should count for something!
Another of Gemma - dressed up in garland. After this, we hurried home to get ready for Santa's arrival. Christmas Eve is the only night that the children will hurry to get home and get to bed without a fight!
Here is Spencer helping daddy - David cleared the sidewalk and Spencer shovled the front steps.
Gianna played with beach toys. She had so much fun outside!
I took this picture of Gemma while she was working on a tunnel in the back yard. It's still not finished, but I think that she'll have plenty of time over the next 2 weeks to work on it!
We found the van! We received six inches of snow overnight and we're expecting eight more by tomorrow night! No worries for a white Christmas!
Here's my handsome hubby. After clearing the driveway and sidewalks, he took the kids sledding in the back yard. I could hear them giggling as they ran and fell in the snow - it was wonderful to watch (from the comfort of the backdoor!).
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Gianna was very excited to see the presents. She was also very patient while Nonna took things out of the bags for the kids.
Gianna is opening her first present. Look how excited she is!
Gemma got this great blanket made by Nonna.
Spencer got this cool Thomas the Train blanket. I have a feeling Gianna may try to get this for her use!
Gianna was "sneaking up" on David. I love their smiles - you can see how happy they are.
And this is my attempt at a group photo. Clearly not something I would want to use for a Christmas card, but it shows real life. Our life. And I wouldn't want it any other way.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
A certain little girl had to get in the action too!
After Gemma finished her card, she decided to draw a picture. She used a bottle of soap as her inspiration. I swear, those were her words - not mine!
Here are Gemma and Spencer showing off some of their new Christmas presents from Titi Edmee. Spencer was very excited about wearing his Wild jersey to school - he actually asked me shortly after he opened it on Saturday if he could wear it to school on Monday!