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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Eve 2011

Watching Netflix

Reading with Memaw

A few of our decorations...






The gingerbread house built by Daddy and decorated by Memaw and the sproutlets


The birthday cake for Jesus

Incognito!

Ready for Santa!

There must have been some good children at the House of Sprout!

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Ahhhh...Vacation!

I think I have been anticipating this day since Labor Day!  Today is the first long break we've had AT HOME since the summer.  And if you have been following us for long you know that this fall held lots of changes and adjustments...and a few challenges!

  • I went back to work full-time.
  • The kids started full-time at a sitter outside of our house.
  • Sassy started day care three days a week.
  • All our therapies changed.
  • Tater started all-day first grade!
  • There were LOTS of respiratory issues with Tater and her increased kidney medicine.

Needless to say, we are SOOOOOOO ready for the next 11 days...yes, 11 days!!!!  Sassy headed off to one more day of school, Daddy had to work, and Bruiser, Tater and myself will be cleaning, organizing and finishing off the Christmas-ifying.  We might run an errand and wrap a gift or two.  Oh, yeah, and the groceries are being delivered this evening...LOVE Peapod!

Tomorrow Memaw and Pop-Pop are flying in for the holiday weekend to make a gingerbread house, visit, and enjoy Santa's gifts.  We are planning a trip to see lights on Christmas night if all goes as planned.  Then Monday rumor has it that someone is getting a gift from Santa to fly home with the grandparents and drive back up with the other grandparents for New Year's...shhh, it's a secret!  I have lunches and play dates in the works.  Daddy is off all week too.  I know the time will fly by but I plan to set the cruise control slow enough that we can relax and enjoy!

Stay tuned for all the holiday photo-ops that are to come!  We are in full-fledged Christmas mode at the House of Sprout!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

A Hunting We Will Go!

We headed out to hunt down the perfect Christmas tree this afternoon.  The weather had FINALLY turned chilly and set the perfect atmosphere for holiday traditions!  We bundled up, stopped to chat with a very special character, hiked a bit, picked and re-picked until we found the perfect tree, and ended it all with a fun "sleigh" ride!  It really felt like Christmas!


I think the highlight of my afternoon was watching Sassy run into Santa's arms!  She was SO excited!  I commented to Papa that she wasn't the slightest bit afraid of him and he said "she's not afraid of anything!" - so true!  That's our Sassy!


And even Bruiser posed with Santa...something we were sure wasn't going to happen!  So proud of him!


Waving down the tractor man to cut our tree.

Our perfect little tree!




On the "sleigh" ride.
(It was really a tractor ride!)
Notice Sassy's dirty knees from all her tumbles!



LOVE this of my boy!

Holiday House Tour - Part 1

A few of the outside decorations!




Thursday, December 1, 2011

Christmas Photo Shoot - The Outtakes!