Thursday, January 6, 2011

I'm back! (photo post)

We had one amazing Christmas break. I was NOT ready to come back to work, but it's life and I had to. I do love my job, I just love my children more!

Let's see.....we celebrated with Randall's side of the family the weekend after Christmas break. We had so much fun! Ruthie received a DS- which was the main thing she wanted. Her Nana & Papaw got it for her. Funny thing was, she wasn't sure what it was. We made her read the letters "DS" to figure it out! She's so silly. In the photos below, you can see how excited she was to receive it!

Ruthie had her Christmas play and she was an angel. Randy was supposed to be in it, but he freaked at the last minute! Ruthie did sooooo good. I was amazed at how well she did. I was worried. She's super shy and I wasn't sure if she would go through with it, but she did. They sang "Away in a Manger" and they did sign language with it. What a beautiful song with the hand motions!

We celebrated with my side of the family on Christmas Eve day. We had pancakes (my favorite food) and other breakfast foods. We had a lot of fun. It was one of the first years that I can remember where it wasn't rushed. We just laughed and had a good time! I really truly enjoy getting together with my brothers and sisters. It's a rare occasion for us to all get together, without anyone missing.

Randall was supposed to work Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Turns out, b/c he had to work overtime the three days before as a fill-in, they let him off! Isn't that amazing! God is AWESOME! They didn't want to pay him the overtime for working his shift, so they just let him off. It's crazy how things work out. It's a gift from God!

We opened presents with the kids Christmas morn. It was so much fun to see our kids both get into it this year. Randy was allllllll about tearing open the presents. Randall and I got the kids a F150 power wheels truck. It was wrapped and sitting in the dining room for about the whole month of Decemeber. When Christmas morning came, they were both ready to tear into it! There's a photo below of Randy tearing the paper off. He had NO idea what was inside. You can also see in the pictures just how much fun, and how many smiles it provided. I laugh so hard watching Ruthie drive. She's not the best, but we all get a laugh out of it. Randy just sits and enjoys the ride!!!

New Year's Eve was a blast as well. We celebrated with our friends Joyce, Kristen, and Steven. They came over with their family and we played the Wii and laughed our heads off! We are so blessed to have such amazing friends! Oh, and Christmas morning we got a big suprise!!! Joyce is pregnant!!! I am so excited for her. I am a bit jealous, but I know that it's not my time, and we might even be finished having I am going to live through her!

My photos are out of order, so please excuse me when it comes to that....

Hope everyone had an amazing Christmas and a happy new year!


Mari said...

It looks like a wonderful time. Ruthie is an adorable angel and I'm so glad Randall was able to be home on Christmas.

Stephanie said...

SUCH precious pics and memories! I adore the last one with Ruthie under the tree! ADORABLE! So glad you all got to spend a ton of time together. I know it is the best gift!