Christmas Day

What a wonderful Christmas Day it was.  When it was finally time to open all the presents RR got shy and didn’t want anything to do with them.  I think it was the fact that Santa brought them that scared him off a little.  So Mama and Daddy had to help open most of his.  But he loved everything that he got.  His new toy kitchen has been his favorite!  He loves to put things in the microwave and when he pushes the buttons he says, “bee boop, bee boop”.  He whips up some great dishes and makes sure to give me and Daddy lots of tastes.


We ate our huge Christmas breakfast with cinnamon french toast, hash browns, sausage, fruit, and eggs.  It was so yummy like always.  Then we all got ready and went to church.  RR looked so handsome in his new church clothes. 

Ready for church

It was a fun, busy Christmas.  I can’t wait for next year when we have 2 little guys to celebrate with!

Christmas Day 24

Christmas Eve was a fun day full of traditions.  I love traditions, old and new.

We made an apple pie.


Johnny cooked us his yummy Mexican for dinner.  It is always my favorite.

Christmas Eve

We had treats hanging from the lights again this year.  RR thought it was fun.

We read the Christmas story from the Bible, and acted it out with the nativity people.  And finally we got to open our new Christmas jammies from Nana and Papa.  RR was SO excited to open a present, but after he found out it was only going to be jammies he was mad.  He was pretty sure that new jammies didn’t qualify as a an actual present.  He lucked out and his Aunt Randa called and Facetimed with us and let him open one of the gifts she sent him, so he perked up a little.


Then it was off to bed to wait for Santa to come.   

Christmas Day 23

What a wonderful day we had today.  Johnny took the day off of work and we drove to Galveston to see the festival of lights at Moody Gardens.  It was such a perfect day with my little family. 

We went early so we could walk the beach.

My boy has decided he is a Texan now because it was a little chilly at the beach and he wanted nothing to do with it, and started shivering violently.  It’s his new thing to be really dramatic when he does things.  He kept begging to go back to the car, so our walk was short, but still fun. 


We stopped to walk around The Strand, the historic downtown of Galveston, and it was really fun. 

I found a new favorite store while we were there.  It was a local soda shop/candy store.  They make all the chocolate and ice cream themselves, and it is all vintage.  They even have their workers dress the part which I loved!

Soda shop


The lights were fun again this  year, and RR had a great time. 


RR and his Daddy even got to roast a marshmallow and make a s’more.


Here is what Elfy was doing last night.



Christmas Day 22

I had my Dr. appointment today and I am measuring 2 weeks ahead, so my doctor is pretty sure baby boy is going to be over 10 pounds!  It’s always so fun to get to hear his little heart just beating away. 

Today was one of my favorite Christmas days, it was our annual Fancy Cheese Party!!  I LIVE for Fancy Cheese Party.  What makes this so fun is that each year we change it up by trying out new cheeses and recipes.  It never gets old, and we eat so much that we can hardly move, but it is so worth it. 

Fancy cheese party


We made our own baked Brie this year.  We have done Brie in the past and I have never once liked it, but Johnny really likes it, so I try year after year and finally this year, I fell in love with baked Brie.  If you aren’t on Pinterest yet you really should be, it is amazing and I have gotten some awesome recipes on there, this included. 


Elfy driving RR’s horse truck and trailer around the house.



Christmas Day 21

Today was Ugly Sweater day for Johnny.  His firm is large, over 80 attorneys, but they are broken up into smaller teams depending upon the region they work in, so his team was the only one in the firm to host an ugly sweater party.  We found this yellow sweater vest at a thrift shop, and then I glued the red reindeer on the front.  He had to get a the turtleneck from the women’s department, and when he tried it on RR said, “nice Dadda, nice” ha!  The best part is his combed over hair!!  They had a competition for the ugliest sweater and Johnny won! 

Ugly sweater

Here are some pictures that I took of RR the other day by the tree.  While he is little and will still let me, I am going to attempt these each year.  He always looks so cute in his jammies!

Last night Elfy climbed up on the chain of the ceiling fan.



Christmas Day 20

Tonight was a fun night because we made treats to take around to our new neighbors.  I have 2 really wonderful single ladies that live on each side of us, and they just adore my little RR.  Both of them have given him little gifts already and we see them out walking their dogs a lot and they always stop to chat with us.  RR had so much fun carrying their presents over and handing them to them.  He was also super brave and told them Merry Christmas. 

The pretty treat boxes… I picked up at Michaels, they are Martha Stewart. 


Last night Elfy was caught shooting some hoops on RR’s basketball stand.  Elfy is RR’s favorite thing to get to do in the mornings, he always drags me by the hand saying “Elfy, Elfy” and he is really good at scanning the room and trying to find him.  When he does find him he laughs all crazy and jumps up and down.   


Christmas Day 19

I finally got around to wrapping a few gifts today. 

Day 18 gifts

I have been sick the past few days and so Johnny came home a little early and took RR with him Christmas shopping so I could rest and have some quiet time.  He is such an amazing Dad and husband!

Daddy and RR

Last night that crazy Elfy ate one of RR’s cookies, but RR wasn’t upset, he was excited to help Elfy eat the rest of it this morning.


Christmas Day 18

I am blown away that Christmas is in 1 week!  Where did the time go?

Tonight was our night to make Gingerbread cookies and watch Frosty the Snowman and it was a blast!  RR has so much fun helping us cook, it is one of his favorite things, he is just like his Daddy that way.


He is such a good helper too!


Daddy & RR

Mama & RR

Last night Elfy hid out in RR’s Christmas PJ can.



Christmas Day 17

Today was such a fun day for RR because he got to play in the snow!  I had read on Facebook that a park in Old Town was having a big festival with Santa, lots of vendors, and best of all, they were trucking in snow. 

At first he wasn’t so sure of it and Daddy had to show him how much fun it was.


But once he got down and started playing in it he was hooked!  His favorite part was throwing snowballs at Mama over the fence. 


On our way home we stopped and got a peppermint shake.  I had been hearing rave reviews from different friends so we had to try it for ourselves.  RR and I thought it was yummy, Johnny doesn’t care for peppermint so none for him.

Peppermint shake

Elfy decided to take RR’s airplane out for a spin last night.


We do Advent before bed each night, and before I let RR open his box with his treat inside I always ask him whose birthday we are celebrating, and he is really good at remembering it’s a baby, just not sure on which baby we are talking about.  So here is how our discussion went tonight:

Me: RR whose birthday are we celebrating?
RR:  Baby
Me: What’s the baby’s name?
RR:  Baby Who

Ha!  I forget how literal little kids are, and that each night when I say, “Whose birthday” he understood that to mean the baby’s name was “Who”.  I love that boy! 

Christmas Day 16

Today was a super crazy day full of last-minute shopping.  RR was awesome and did great for me at the stores we had to go to. 

Here is what Elfy was up to last night.


One thing that I love about Christmas is a Nativity set.  I have 4 of them now, and want to keep adding to my collection. 

My mom gave me this one a few years ago, and one of these days my goal is to find an amazing artist to paint them for me.


Here is RR’s Little People Nativity.  He adores this and plays with it all day long!


I love this set as well.  My Joseph is missing his staff and I don’t know where to find a new one, but it is still pretty I think.


And here is my newest set.  This is my Christmas gift from my sister Randa and I LOVE it.  It looks so much like our Grandma Delsa’s vintage set so it brings back fond memories for me.