Friday, December 30, 2011

Christmas Celebration

Waking up Christmas was early
We make all the kids gather in our room until Greg and I go down and check it out.
We need at least one cup of coffee before this crew gets going.

Some of the kids were awake bright and early and others were
not quite so happy to be awake!

The loot...

more loot...

and more..

and more...

and more!
Boy, Santa must be tired!

Here they come!

It was a fun morning full of fun gifts,
good memories, and good food.

We stayed home all day and Greg's parents came later for dinner.

Tomorrow the decorations come down.

Christmas 2011 was a great one!

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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Happy Anniversary!

21 years ago.....

So how do you celebrate 21 years?

So far....
clean up throw up from a sick little one
try to start our teenagers truck (currently broken down not at our house)
Call a tow truck
help another teenager transfer to a new school (third school in 6 months)
do mounds of teenage laundry

This is life!

Happy Anniversary to Us!

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Christmas Eve 2011

This was the most unusual Christmas Eve we have ever had.

It may look like we went to a Panther's game from the pictures.
And we did.
But it was for a very special reason.
The Panther's surprised Make- a -Wish with a very special gift.

Santa was there for the celebration.
Adam told him some last minute gift ideas.

Santa told the teenagers something funny.
At one point I heard Santa say he wished Mrs. Clause would
empty her 401K to buy him a sports car.
Really Santa?

These three very special wish kids are doing the Superman Cam dance.
They all went on the field at half time for the presentation.

Sir Purr in his Santa outfit.

Adam's wish story was retold on the jumbo screen during half time.

Then he walked out on to the field with Top Cats and Sir Purr and
the fans cheering him on.
Actually the fans roared when he was introduced.

What kid would not love this? This is what most 6 year old boys dream of.
I was reduced to tears watching my boy live his dream.

Here they are on the jumbo screen as the surprise was revealed.

Cam was heading back to the field after half and stopped to talk to the kids.

The top cats came to our suite.
They are always a huge hit with Sam.

And the boys too.

And this is the surprise. The Panther's chose Make -A -Wish for the Fan Gift this year.
One dollar for every seat in the stadium.

We were so happy they asked us to be part of the surprise.

It was the best Christmas Eve.

I am sure it was the first and probably last time we
will spend Christmas Eve
at a football game.

We left there and went straight to Candlelight Service at church.
While we were sitting in church I looked down and realized
I was still wearing my Panther's beads. OOPS!

It truly was a memorable evening.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

One Smart Elf

See our Elf?
He is on the manger scene.
His name is Marvin.
I really wasn't sure I wanted an Elf on our shelf.
But Marvin has been so much fun to have around.
He is a good Elf and caused no trouble.
Although he is somewhat forgetful and on occasion would forget to
fly back to the North Pole to report to Santa.
Our kids got a "Free Pass" on those days.
Thank goodness.
I didn't realize how hard it would be to say good-bye to him on Christmas Eve.
The kids do not like good-byes!
Before he left with Santa he left us this note.

It is a note reminding the kids that no matter how hard they try they just can't always be good.
It is why Christmas is so important.
We need a Savior.
The note reminded them that Jesus is the best gift they will ever receive
and to celebrate Him on Christmas.

Now that is one smart Elf!

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Monday, December 26, 2011

Busy December...

...and it's not over yet!

Audrey Kate had her first Christmas Concert.

She loves the trombone.

We visited the Billy Graham Library.

We rode in a horse drawn carriage.

The kids loved story time and hot chocolate.

Greg celebrated his 47th birthday.

We went to the Christmas concert at church.

Audrey Kate's dance team was part of the Waxhaw Christmas Parade.

We loved the horses.

And of course Santa.

We have also traveled to my sister's house, been to a Panther's game,
and candlelight service at church.

We had a wonderful Christmas day and I will post about it soon.

Merry Christmas!

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