Saturday, January 14, 2012

Christmas Program 2011

The kids performed before the big Christmas pageant this year. They did great and are quite the little hams. I'm so glad that they enjoy this kind of thing. I grew up singing in church and hope they continue to love music like I do!

Here is the video of them singing. And yes, that really loud girl you hear, that's Ella!

Kid's Birthday Celebration

With the birthdays around here being so close to Thanksgiving (Charlie) and Christmas (Triplets), we have a lot of festivities to cram into a small period of time. We generally do presents for the kids from the grandparents on Thanksgiving since that is Charlie's birthday, and then on the the big kids birthday, we celebrate all four and give them gifts from Jake and I. Not sure how much longer they will be willing to share each other's birthdays, but for now it works out well! This year, my Mom discovered the Nook Color and told me about them. We decided that would be a perfect gift for the kids since they are obsessed with iPads and we travel so much. Now this is an unusually large ($) birthday gift, so my parents bought one, Jake's parents bought one, Jake and I bought two, and my brother and sister in law bought the covers for them. They absolutely LOVE them! I don't know how I did it before these things came along. Waiting at a restaurant just became more pleasant, standing in line at the grocery store just got a little less torturous, the five hour trip to our parent's houses just got a little shorter. With all that goin' on, life just got a little easier!

All the kids wanted for their birthday was "those giant number balloons". Welp fifty bucks and three weeks later those dudes were still floating about in our dining room. Guess we got our money's worth!

The quote of the day. They were pulling stuff out of their bags as fast as they could and the first thing they found were their headphones for their Nooks. They were SOOOO excited! We kept asking them what they were for, and finally Ella looks up and says "GUYS! There for your ears, geez!" Haha!My mom and dad got them each a towel and they LOVED them! It's the little things!

Once Huddy had that Nook, it was all over. Dude would not put that thing down for anything as you can see from the next few pictures.

These pictures are from when we were singing them "Happy Birthday". Their faces crack me up! Oh, and in the last picture, where the other three are all looking at Carter, that's because every year, we spend the entire song yelling at him to scoot back away from the flame. When he blows out the candle, he always takes in a deep breath, about an inch from the candle. I swear one day that kid is going to suck that fire right up into his little mouth!

Jake and I got the kids new suitcases filled with some goodies (PJs, house shoes, art stuff). We travel quite a bit and they now have their own rooms at my parents so we thought it would be a good practical gift. They drug those suitcases around for days! Who knew such a practical gift would be so loved by three five year olds and a three year old! Here's a pic of the big kids on their fifth birthday, can't believe it!

Thanksgiving Feast

The big kids' class at school had a Thanksgiving Feast this year. I was able to take off work and help serve along with some of the other moms. It is so funny to see these kids interact with eachother. All but two of the kids in the class, have gone to school with eachother since they were 15 months old so they call eachother by their nicknames and just love eachother! The kids really enjoyd their turkey sandwiches and had a great time at their special feast.

Thanksgiving Feast Table

My little indian Hudson

Ella, for some reason called this her "feasting helmet". She took it off for some reason, and when we started passing out their food, she yells "Wait mom! I don't have my feasting helmet on yet!" Hilarious!

Little Carter indian

Goin' to the chapel...

...'cuz my brothers getting married! Back in July, my brother got married to a wonderful girl. Jake the kids and I were all asked to be part of their special day. I'm not gonna lie, I was STRESSED/TERRIFIED/NERVOUS all of the above about how the kids would behave. With this crew, it either goes really great or really bad, we don't have much of middle ground. Charlie sat with my in laws during the wedding and did great. The boys took a couple of minutes to get settled on stage, they were a little fidgety in the beginning. Ella of course stood perfectly still, she had been waiting for that day forever! Overall the kids did great and were rewarded handsomely at the reception with lots of pop and candy before we shipped them off to my in laws, haha! The wedding was gorgeous and we are so glad Savannah is officially part of our family now!

My brother and I

Charlie getting a last minute touch up on his hair, looking beyond adorable!
The big kids getting ready for pictures.
Four generations, my Nanna, my Mom, me and Ella
Uncle Arin and Aunt Savannah with the crew
Me and Miss Ell
My little fam. So glad we got this picture!

The kids started to get a little antsy waiting to walk in, but they practed their "walking like soldiers". The only snag we hit was when Carter looked up at Jake and told him he needed to poop. Fortunately, it was right when my dad and I started to sing and the unity candle was being lit so I don't think too many people noticed that they stepped backstage for a mid-wedding poop, and then quitely stepped back on stage, haha! Except for the groomsmen who I am told thought it was pretty hilarious!

I love Hudson's face in this one

Miss Ell was in flower girl mode, haha!
My daddy and I
Mr. and Mrs. Johnson. The pastor is also the one who married Jake and I and my Mom and Dad, pretty special, huh?
The reception was a blast! The kids were able to stay and dance for a while before they went to Jake's parents for the night. These kids LIVE to dance, so they practiced "their moves" for months. We are especially fond of break dancing, so needless to say watching them spin on the stomachs and backs and flip their little feet in the air was pretty entertaining!

Jake and I walking into the reception
My Poppa and Miss Ell dancing with me and Carter man

Huddy and Carter watching them cut the cake. They had to have asked five hundred times when they were going to cut the cake so we could eat it.