The week leading up to Christmas we enjoyed some beautiful weather...and then a cold front came through on Christmas Eve, which was perfect because if you aren't going to have a white Christmas, it's nice to have it at least feel slightly wintery. The leaves finally began falling off the trees in our backyard and the girls have been spending HOURS outside playing. Today all three kids were out there all morning long. I have been packing up Christmas and organizing the house and being very productive in general thanks to their outside fun. I made them lunch and took it outside and then at 1:15pm finally went out and got Preston to put him down for a nap. I felt bad because he was having a blast out there with the girls, but I knew we'd all regret it later if I let him skip it.
So, here is the week leading up to Christmas Eve. I'm desperately trying to get all of 2010 blogged by the end of the year...so I can finish making my blurb book for the 2nd half of 2009, Ahhh! I hate being behind!
Mike took these pictures of Preston while I was gone one day.
On Tuesday we walked over to our neighborhood park in the evening...
Wednesday morning was the girls' annual holiday baking day with Nana.
They LOVE decorating the cookies, eating them, and decorating her windows at each holiday with little stick-ons.
We gave away our pony castle and ponies because the girls hadn't played with it in Forever. Of course, once it was sitting outside waiting to be picked up they thought it looked fun again :-).
It was a little too bright for Addie :). The girls were disappointed they didn't have the chance to make snow angels this year, so leaf angels were the next best option.
Tom has gotten pretty curious about the outdoors and I'd be lying if I haven't been tempted to just let him runaway. Addie would be heartbroken though and they are to remain indoor only cats.
We were sure to get in lots of Christmas lights-looking drives while we could too :-)!
Mack and Cheryl came into town for a quick Christmas visit and Thursday we met up for an early dinner at Pappasito's (which sounds really good right now!). Then we all headed over to see Scott and Kayley's cute place while we waited for it to get dark so we could check out the lights in River Oaks (a SUPER rich neighborhood in Houston).
The girls were really excited to see Tom and Beauty's siblings that Kayley and Scott adopted, Winston and Samantha.
One house in River Oaks had actually hired a Santa to sit outside and visit with the kids. Our kids had already had plenty visits with Santa so they weren't overly excited, but were happy enough to say hi and get a candy cane. Each time Addie was asked what she wanted by Santa she had a new answer. This night she said she wanted a HUGE bow tie for Dad? A little boy that came up after us was beside himself with excitement to see Santa though
- it was super cute. The lights down here were seriously AMAZING!