Friday, December 31, 2010

SJ's Portraits

Today, we took SJ for his first portraits in a studio.  These were supposed to be done a few weeks ago just before he turned four months old, so they were technically going to be his three month portraits.  But, because he's been so sick, I kept pushing them back and pushing them back, waiting on him to feel better.  So, they were really done when he was four months old, but who's counting?!?

It was actually a lucky thing that we had to wait for picture taking, because he got to wear his brand new vest that he got as a Christmas present!  Aunt Trisha knitted this wonderful brown and blue vest for him herself, and he looked quite dashing in it!
 So cute and so grown up!

Monday, December 27, 2010

The Last of the Christmas Snow!

This morning, the Christmas snow was looking dangerously close to melting. Katie Anne finally felt well enough to get bundled up and get out and play in it, so during SJ's morning naptime (poor Daddy was back at work at the bank), we headed out for some snow fun!
 Snow Puppies!
 It's a good thing we got out early this morning and played, because the snow was almost all gone by the time Katie Anne woke up from her afternoon nap.  We were very glad we got to go out and enjoy the last of our Christmas Snow!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Jones Family Christmas

On December 26, we headed over to Saunders' parents' house to celebrate Christmas with the Joneses!  We changed things up a little bit this year.  Usually, we celebrate with Saunders' family on Christmas Eve, but Trisha had to work until 1:00 pm in Moultrie on Christmas Eve this year.  So, we rescheduled our family celebration for this morning, which wound up being an excellent change for our family since this kids were so sick - we would've had to miss the celebration on Christmas Eve!

So, we traveled over to Doc and VJ's for brunch and gift opening.  We had a tasty breakfast with lots of goodies - meatballs, rolls, breakfast casserole, ham, and french toast (by far the most popular item!), plus lots of sweet treats for munching.  Everyone enjoyed sitting around the table and chatting and stuffing ourselves full of all the yummy food!


Then, it was time for opening gifts.  The living room was full of presents!  Saunders picked out VJ's gift himself - he got her a handmade pottery bowl from a local Cartersville artist.  We gave Doc an equalizer t-shirt that really responds to sound - we thought it would be cool to wear to band practice!  Then, we gave them both their traditional Christmas gift - a photo book of family photos that I've made throughout the year.  We gave Carlton the dvd of Inception that he wanted as well as a video game, and we gave Trisha a knitting book, several scrapbooking punches that she'd asked for, and a crazy gift just for fun - a Mini Cooper racetrack!  We got lots of fun stuff as well.  Saunders got causal shirts, dress shirts, a beautiful decanter, and cash.  I got several sweaters I can wear to work, bright scarves, and other nice things.  Katie Anne got lots of toys, games, clothes, and several "housekeeping" gifts - a cool grill from Carlton and Trisha and a play kitchen from Doc and VJ to keep at their house and play with there.  Poor little SJ was so tired - the brunch celebration coincided with his morning nap - so he spent most of the gift opening time asleep in the guest bedroom.  Katie Anne was more than happy to help open his pile of presents, though!  He got lots of clothes - including a vest that Aunt Trisha knitted herself! - and toys.
SJ finally work up and  - after a quick nebulizer treatment - he was ready to play!

After playing with our new toys for awhile, it was time to load up the four-wheel drive sleigh and head for home!  It was a wonderful last celebration of Christmas!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Glawson Family Christmas

Later in the afternoon on Christmas Day, we headed over to my parents' house for our Glawson Family Christmas celebration.  Luckily, both kids were feeling much better by the time we left the house!  Normally, we have Christmas dinner at my parents' house and open gifts in the evening.  It was snowing pretty heavily by the afternoon, so Greg and Jillian were nervous about making it back to Acworth after dark.  So, we pushed our celebration up a little bit.  We had a late lunch/early dinner around 3:30 instead.  My mom made chili and potato soup, her fabulous sausage balls, and had a make-you-own-sandwich bar with lots of different rolls and breads, meats, cheeses, and toppings.  She also had lots of snacks set out for munching and a dump cake with ice cream for dessert!  It was very delicious, and we all enjoyed a big meal together.  

Santa Baby!
 Ho ho ho!  Merry First Christmas!
Christmas Cutie:

Then, we moved into the living room to open gifts.  Everyone got so many great presents!  It was an absolute smorgasbord of gift opening goodness!  We got my mom a Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, a radio for her mail truck, and a platter that matches her original china.  We got my dad a camo hoodie sweatshirt that he'd asked for and a caplight to use when he's working.  For Greg, we got him some special hammock straps to go along with his theme this Christmas - he wanted all camping stuff.  We got Jillian a new pair of Crocs dress shoes and the Jenga game she wanted.  Katie Anne got lots of awesome stuff, including clothes, puzzles, games, dolls, magnetic princess dress-ups, movies, and more - but her favorite thing was the Melissa and Doug puppet show and 4 puppets from Gigi and Granddad.  She put on a great puppet show for everyone after we opened all our gifts!  SJ got lots of clothes and toys, too - he got teethers, blocks, and several stuffed animals.  It's hard to tell what was his favorite, but it seems to be a knitted bear doll that Gigi and Granddad got him.  He loves to hug it!  Saunders got a new gun belt, clothes, black socks, golf balls, and lots of other goodies, but his favorite gift by far was his Scottevest, which is a special travel vest with tons of pockets that he'd asked for.  I got lots of great stuff, too - clothes, a monogrammed market tote, lots of new shoes, but my favorite thing was the new faucet that I really wanted for the guest bathroom at our house.  
 Saunders surrounded by his presents:
 Me and my Christmas babies:
 Gigi and her new cookbook:
My dad opening his presents:
 Katie Anne opening her puppets:
 She loves them!
 Greg and his firestarter - a dangerous combination!
 Jillian with her game:

 I love these Winter Flat Crocs!
 SJ was obsessed with this clock, which was actually a gift of KA's!
 My mom with her dueling platters - we got her one, and so did Greg and Jillian!
 Two happy boys!
 Looking spiffy in her new jacket:
 Granddad in his new hoodie from us:
 Candy cane girl!

After the gift opening, we took a few more pictures outside in the snow.  It was really coming down heavily!  It was so neat to get to enjoy a real White Christmas - we certainly don't see that very often around here! 


After that, Greg and Jillian headed back to Acworth, and we stayed at Gigi and Granddad's house to play with our new stuff a little bit longer.  It was an awesome white Christmas Day and a great family party!