Monday, December 28, 2009

Christmas around Kentucky

Christmas morning the boys were up at 5 am ready to see if Santa had come. Caleb burst into our room and rushed downstairs to Kevin's room to inform us that Santa had come! We all rushed downstairs to check out the toys under the tree. The best present by far for both kids was a new Nintendo DSi with cool cases. Caleb's has a Bakugan case and Cody has a nerf case.

Here are Uncle Kevin Claus and Caleb doing what they do best... iPhone and Nintendo DSi.

I don't know what Cody was upset about, but I love this expression on his face.

This was the present Caleb bought Cody at school.

The boys received lots of wonderful gifts and had a big time opening presents. What excitement!

We went to Ben's parents house in Bowling Green the day of Christmas. Jim, Lori, and the kids came over that evening to open presents and to let the kids get rowdy in the basement.

Coffee at the Peterson house anyone?

My new sweater.

The next day, Granny and Grandpa Miller, as well as Donna's brother's and some cousins came to share in a wonderful feast of taco soup, chicken noodle, and bean soup. We also had sandwiches, veggies, cheese, and awesome desserts. Yummy!

Peterson cousins Katie, Ben, Cody, Caleb (crying because he had just bumped his head wrestling), and Makinna. Abbi had just woken from a nap and did not want her picture taken.

The boys had a wonderful time with their cousins. The time between visits is always too long.
We had great fun and food at the Peterson's, but had to leave to head to Henderson for Christmas with the Ford family.

I love this picture of Caleb in the car on the way to Grandmom's house with his flame hat and ear buds playing his Nintendo DSi of course.

Caleb and his cousin Shaun vegged out...again playing the DSi.

The grandkids helping Grandmom open her present. We pitched in together to get her a much needed microwave oven. Hers was one of the original microwaves from the 1980's, unbelievably it was still working. Who knows how much radiation we have received over the years from it though :)

Thanks to all of our family for such a wonderful Christmas and all of the great gifts and holiday cheer! We love you all!

Getting ready for Christmas

Kevin came to stay with us the week before Christmas. It is always so cheery to have him around for the holidays. He got to hang with the boys for two days while Ben and I worked. They did arts and crafts one day. I got home and the house was quiet as a mouse. I walked around looking for them and they were hiding in the living room with these decorated masks on their faces. Needless to say, I screamed, which was just the reaction they were looking for. Check out the bag they made for me and the bouquet of hand creative.

They spent hours bringing Kevin back to the nostalgia of childhood building a lego pirate ship that was once his when he was a little boy. He also took them to the movies one day. Such a cool uncle!
Then it was time for some Christmas baking. I had to make our famous Peanut Butter Balls by the request of many.

Kevin helped dip them in chocolate for awhile.

Then Ben used the rest of the chocolate to dip some pretzels. Yum!

Another favorite...Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies! The boys loved helping with the candy and cookies. My little chefs in the making.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Christmas programs

Caleb's school had a Christmas program yesterday. Holiday Zoobilee was performed by the Kindergarten through Third graders. Each class was dressed as a different zoo animal: penguins, bears, seals, giraffes, zebras, hyenas, lions, tigers, birds, monkeys, and elephants.

Caleb's class was birds and some were very extravagant. Caleb was an emu and he had a speaking part during the program.

Caleb's buddy, Adam was a tiger. I loved their costumes too.


We also had a Christmas program at church last weekend. Cody is finally old enough to participate and loves being part of the Children's Group.

Santa also made a surprise visit much to the children's delight.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Trimming the Tree

Last week we finally unpacked the last box in our new house. Pictures were hung on the walls and we put everything where it needed to go. Just in time to put some of it away to make room for the Christmas decorations.

This is the only ornament that Caleb hung on the tree. I have always loved hanging the ornaments on the tree. It is the best part of decorating for Christmas. I love finding old ornaments that mean something to our family. Caleb's and Cody's first Christmas, something they made from preschool, an ornament from our honeymoon, ornaments from various vacations, ornaments that family members or friends have given us. It makes me happy to see the tree lit up with all the memories.

I couldn't believe that he didn't want to help. Cody was my little helper though, I can always count on him to help his mama. He is usually stuck like glue to my side.

In our old house, we had vaulted ceilings in the living room, so our Christmas tree is 9 ft tall. It is a very pretty tree and we hated that we couldn't use it at our new house. We decided to try it out with the top off of it. It fit perfectly and with the angel on top you can't tell that it is missing its top.
Wa La! The finished product. Now it feels like Christmas :o)

Turkey Day

Great Thanksgiving with family. The boys were excited to see their cousins Paige and Heath. It was a cold Thanksgiving day. For some reason the weather, reminded me of when I was a little girl having Thanksgiving on the Farm (my grandmama and grandaddy's home). We would see all of our cousins, aunts, and uncles. The "men folk" would go hunting and we would have a grand feast.

Well Mom cooked up a grand feast for the family this year. Check out this turkey...Martha Stewart bird, huh! Mmmmm goood!!!

Cody couldn't wait for the turkey to get carved. I have to have some appetizers.

The boys adore their Uncle Kevin. Here they are watching him play a game on his iphone.

Time to walk off that turkey!