December 2011

Christmas Day

December 25, 2011

We had a big family gathering at our house for Christmas Day.

One highlight of the night was the Cookie Pirate Ship!

So much, in fact, that we only have pictures of it, and nothing else. (We do have video of other parts of the evening.)

Cookie Pirate Ship

Christmas Morning

December 25, 2011

Christmas morning is very special in our house.

The kids wake up and come downstairs together to find their stuffed stockings.

Then we open gifts and then Jamie makes a Christmas breakfast feast.

Everyone in the family looks forward to Christmas morning each year.

Eagerly waiting for Mommy or Daddy to give the go-ahead

Tearing into stockings

Christmas Eve

December 24, 2011

Every Christmas Eve the kids get to open a family present, which is always a game to play, and they get to open one individual present, which is always Christmas jammies.

Then we set up a table of milk and cookies for Santa, and food for his reindeer.

Opening the Family Board Game

Opening the Christmas Jammies

Lexi loves her Hello Kitty robe

All set for Santa!
(with a special note from each kid)

Close-up of the goods

Preschool Christmas Program

December 15, 2011

The girls had a preschool Christmas program today. We were happy Grandpa could also be there.

Of course, Tracy made cupcakes.

The girls were so cute! They sang song and did all sorts of other Christmas-y things.

Yes, they are as good as they look

Ready for the song to start

Singing beautifully!

Santa Hats Picture

December 9, 2011

Each year since acquiring kiddos, Mommy has taken a picture with santa hat(s).

This year, of course, was no exception.

Santa Kids

Jamie's Birthday

December 7, 2011

It was another great birthday for Jamie today.

Of course we started with dinner at Deli Cioso and ended with a TracyCake, decorated by the kids this year.

Jamie's special-request cake was cherry chip with cream chees icing. He reluctantly let everyone else share a little bit.

Kid-decorated TracyCake

Matching Daddy/Boy

Getting help to blow out the candles

Drew as Santa

December 7, 2011

Somehow, Drew ended up dressing himself up like Santa today.

You're going to just LOVE this one some day Drew!

Meeting Kringle and Gibbs

December 5, 2011

Kringle and Gibbs came to our house today. Santa sent them to watch our kids prior to Christmas. They will report back to him if they are naughty or nice.

Every day these sneaky little fellows will end up in a different place in our house.

Holding Kringle and Gibbs for the last time before Christmas

Visiting Santa

December 3, 2011

The kids got to see Santa (again) today at the MOPS Holiday Market event.

How cute are they?

Cherry Creek Mall

December 2, 2011

Today was the annual trek that Mommy and her kids take to Cherry Creek Mall with Nona and PaPa John.

Everyone always looks forward to this day, which has become a tradition for several years now.

Of course, Santa was there along with the Ice Princess.

The kids with the Ice Princess

The Whole Gang