Sunday, December 20, 2009

Christmas Choirs

Sunday, Dec 13, both of the kids' choirs sang at church.

Ella Kate is in the Preschool Choir, and they sang at the morning service.

They looked precious in their little choir robes!
Ella Kate loves everything about being on stage and was thrilled to see all of her grandparents, KK, and Bobby there to watch her!!

Jake is in the Elementary Choir now and they performed their musical "The Christmas Shop Around the Corner" that evening. He also had lots of family there to watch him!! The musical was great - Miss Joye did a great job with all of the singing and costumes!

Kindergarten Buds Ty, Clay, Braeden, Jake, & Zachary

Cuties Bethany, Molly, and Zoe

Karson and Skylar did a great job acting!!

What a choir!!

Jake's part was being a wise man. Don't they look very wise to you??

We are very proud of both of our little choir members!!


We have been excited about my sister Kelly's college graduation for quite some time now. She has worked so hard to achieve this and we are all so very, very proud of her!!

We threw a "surprise" party for her the Saturday before and were glad to celebrate with so many people who love her!

Mr Jackie, mom, dad, and Aunt Kay

Mrs. Bobbie, Uncle Eddie, and KK

The Grandmothers

Papa Neal and 2 of his boys

KK opens her gifts!

April and Leslie - I hate I didn't get a picture of Mandy before she left!

Leslie Hines and her sweet family

The most practical gift of all....

KK presented a certificate to mom and dad for THEIR contribution to her success! :)

KK and April

My sweet siblings KK and Leslie

KK and Leslie H

KK, Papa, and Granny Neal


The Ceremony

Congratulations KK!! We Love You!!

Now get a JOB!!! :)

Santa Visits Reidville

After the Reidville Christmas Parade, Santa usually rides around to nearby houses on the firetruck. The kids have always missed him, until this year and Ella Kate was home.

She was tickled to run out and receive a treat from him!

Just one of the little things we love about living in such a small community like ours.

Christmas Dance

Ella Kate's dance studio held a benefit for Helping Hands the first week of December and performed their Christmas dances. They did a great job!

Let the Countdown Begin!

Tomorrow we begin a crazy-fun week of Christmas!

We begin Monday and celebrate each day until Christmas Day.

It's my most favorite week of the entire year!

But before we begin....let me go back and fill you in on our Christmas celebrations thus far....

Saturday, December 19, 2009

"The Song"

I finally received the link to Ella Kate's song on the radio. So glad because Michael and I have only heard it once each!

Listen here!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Wisdom of 4 Year Olds

Mom to Ella Kate, "I need to get a new baby....mine is all grown up!!"

Ella Kate to Mom, "Mooooom, kids grow up. If you get a new one, it will grow up too."

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Christmas Tidbits

We should probably mark this year on our calendars....because it may not happen again.

I have never before had my shopping this close to complete by Thanksgiving weekend. I tend to be a last minute shopper. It feels great!!

Michael has gone shopping with me almost every time this year and we both really enjoyed spending some extra time together without the kids. We called in every favor we could from our parents and siblings, but we got the job done!

On a side note, I broke down and told Jake that the store wasn't called "Toys R S" but actually called "Toys R Us". I kind of liked hearing his own version of it, but I guess he's old enough to know the truth now.

We bought the kids small trees for their rooms this year. They love them! Ella Kate's is white with pink lights and Jake's is a regular tree with colored lights. They used the ornaments they have collected throughout their short, little lives to decorate them. I'm not liking that very much....I miss them too much on my tree!! I think I'll have to let them pick out some new ones for their trees and steal mine back!

They have been excited to watch "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas" several times this year already. It's quickly become their favorite Christmas movie. Last year it scared them to death the first few times they saw it!

I always want them to watch the Charlie Brown holiday specials but they don't like to watch them. They watched one once and heard the "s word" so they call them the "bad movies" now.

The kids have both made their Christmas lists and they have pretty much stayed the same for several weeks now (which is GREAT!). I told them that once you ask Santa, you can't change your mind!

Jake's number one request is a "real" four wheeler. His number two request is "real" drums. Go big or go home - right? He didn't ask for much else. His only low-budget item was another MP3 Player because his from last Christmas broke.

He is becoming increasingly hard to shop for. He doesn't play with many typical toys. Last year, other than drums (we tried (unsuccessfully) to satisfy him with the electronic kind), his number one request was a kick-off tee for his football. Now that might break the bank!

Ella Kate on the other hand....her list is long and detailed. :) Most of it is thankfully pretty inexpensive. And she is pretty much happy with anything you give her - unlike Jake who is pretty particular (like his mother). :) Ella Kate's list consists of a "hair fixing place" (salon), Hannah Montana lipstick, a moving kitty, and a "cooker thing" (Easy Bake Oven).

I'll leave you with a few goodies from Christmases past....

Our First Christmas together

Jake's First Christmas

Ella Kate's First Christmas

Thursday, December 03, 2009

World's Smallest Caroler

Ella Kate had the opportunity to visit our local radio station and record a Christmas carol to be played on air during the holidays. She was very excited!

With the DJ, Gary Miller
In the hot seat!

Ready to record...She did a great job!

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Giving Thanks

"In everything give thanks..." I Thessalonians 5:8
For all the many ways we are truly blessed, we are thankful.
Our "all carbs" girl - mac & cheese & a roll!
Our football boy!

Looking for the deals!