Saturday, December 31, 2011

Santa Baby

When Clayton was a baby, we got him a little Santa suit for his first Christmas. He wore it on our Christmas card that year. Drew wore it as well, and this year it was Owen's turn.

I thought he made a pretty cute little Santa! :)

Just for fun, here is Clayton in the same suit...

And our Drew...
Love my sweet babies...

Christmas with G & Granddad

On the 27th we had Christmas at G & Granddad's house. It was a good (& loud!) time, as usual! Unfortunately, I don't have a lot of pictures to show for our day - I was too busy enjoying the company. :)

Love this picture of beautiful Morgan with Wade.
Mak is so sweet with Owen. She inherited her Mama's famous "baby bounce" and kept him happy as a lark the whole time. ;)

Thank you, G & Granddad, for making Christmas so special! You were too good to us!

Christmas with the Carpenters

After our night at the Gaylord, the Carpenter crew came to our house to exchange gifts. It was a great time - as usual. :)

O loved his stocking from Grammie and Papaw
Drew got a Lightning McQueen bike! He was pumped!

Sweet Makinley bought Clayton 2 books at the store at her school. She is such a sweetheart!
Drew + Papaw = A Good Time
Those two are quite a pair...
Marsha made Wade & I and Corey & Leigh Ann each a quilt. I was shocked! I know that was hours and hours of work that she poured into a gift for us. It is beautiful and we will treasure it always!
I am so thankful for my in-laws! I could never have picked a better family to marry into. I feel so lucky to get to make Christmas memories with them. This was another wonderful year, for sure!

Christmas at the Gaylord

Right before Thanksgiving, we got an email about the Gaylord having rooms for $109 a night during the week between Christmas and New Years. My sister-in-law got the same email and suggested that we all (us, them, and Wade's parents) get rooms for Christmas night. We thought it was a great idea! Then Grammie & Papaw sweetened the deal by getting us all tickets for ICE and SNOW for the morning of the 26th as part of our Christmas gifts. It was a fun time with the Carpenter side of the family.

Getting a picture of 3 kids looking a smiling is hard - getting a picture of 5 kids looking and smiling is impossible. Ha!

This little gem of a baby could have made the whole experience very difficult, but he did soooo well! He was happy and sweet the entire time. I don't think he ever fussed even once during the 24 hours that we were there. He is the best!
He slept wonderfully in the institutional looking iron crib. There were no bumpers, so I was worried that he would bump his head in the night. But, he slept like a baby - literally and figuratively!
We woke up and it was time for ICE! This year's theme was Shrek the Halls. Wade and I had been the year that the theme was How the Grinch Stole Christmas, but the boys had never been. It still amazes me what they can create out of colored ice!
Grammie & Papaw looked so cute in their parkas.
I remember being at ICE during the Grinch with Wade and some of our best friends. Wade and I commented to each other that people were crazy to bring babies and kids to the exhibit. It's way too cold for babies and kids would be a nightmare when everyone is dressed exactly the same. Fast forward to this year - we were those crazy people! I've had to eat my words hundreds of times since we had kids. This was just another example of that. ;)

The kids did great! Clayton stayed with Morgan & Makinley. Between Papaw, Grammie, Leigh Ann, and Wade, Drew was in great hands. And Owen was warm and toasty inside my parka. I put him in the Baby Bjorn and snapped my parka around him. His little noggin was the only thing that was exposed to the 9 degree cold. I felt like a kangaroo, but my little joey was pretty darn cute. Ha!

Drew loved the slide inside ICE. He went down it several times.
This picture of my brother-in-law is so funny to me! He is such a character! Nothing but love for ya, Corey!
Our little eskimo crew of 11. :)
By this point, Drew was D-O-N-E done. He was cold - bless his heart. Posing for a picture wasn't happening. Oh well...

When the parkas came off and the snow tubes came out - Drew was in heaven. We all loved tubing down the hills of SNOW. It was super fun!

Two Thumbs Up!
Drew and Aunt Leigh Ann
What a fun memory from Christmas 2011!

Nick the Elf

We have a sweet little elf that visits our home between Thanksgiving and Christmas. :) Clayton named him "Nick." Every morning the boys woke up anxious to find where Nick was hiding. This year, he was in some very interesting places...

Apparently, he was very upset that about our C-5 wall of family pictures. He declared himself the 6th member of our family and situated himself in a picture frame while holding a 6. Ha!

He built a snowman out of marshmallows...

He made a parade out of cars and rode on the firetruck...

He turned our milk into green "elf juice."
The boys were worried that drinking the elf juice would make them turn into elves. Wade got a good rise out of Clayton by telling him that his ears were starting to get pointed. C ran to the bathroom to make sure that Wade was kidding. Ha!
He knelt by the nativity set.
He was reading one of our favorite books - The Crippled Lamb
He spelled out "Santa Says Hi" in scrabble tiles.
And he fished for goldfish in the potty using a candy cane fishing rod.
Clayton loves the show "River Monsters" on Animal Planet. So, there was a sign above the toilet advertising the next episode of River Monsters - "Nick's Big Catch." The boys thought this day was particularly funny. ;)
He took a marshmallow bubble bath with red and green shampoo and bubble bath.
On Christmas Eve, the boys were very sad that Nick would not be there when they woke up. Luckily, Nick left them a sweet note.
See you next year, Nick!