Robyn came for a Christmas visit a couple of days before Christmas. Abby and Emma were desperately hoping for American Girl dolls this year, and we had said we didn’t think that could happen. But guess what? Super Cool Aunt Robyn braved the American Girl store and spoiled those girls with new dolls.
We also made and consumed beautifully decorated Christmas cookies, of which I took no photos. Later, Robyn and the girls did some trampoline jumpin’.
We had a quiet Christmas Eve and Day, just us at our house. We went to church and the girls opened a few small gifts from us. It was a small Christmas, in terms of purchases. No one complained, though. We enjoyed the quiet and the time together.
The day after Christmas, we packed up and drove to Wayne’s mom’s house. There, the girls received roller blades, another much-hoped-for item. Of course, we had to go outside right away and practice!
After a few days there, we traveled on to my sister Rebecca’s house. The cousins had a blast…Many bracelets and necklaces were made:
Jesse sang his “cute little mommy” song, which at the time of this photo, also included a verse about her “cute little necklace.” Jesse sings all day, about everything he does. Sorta-kinda-just-exactly like his mom used to do…
At about 7:45 on New Year’s Eve, we gave the kids party hats and noisemakers and told them we would be celebrating the New Year at 8 p.m. our time, with the good people of Greenland. Thank God we didn’t give them the noisemakers any sooner than that, ’cause y’all, they were LOUD.
In a sudden burst of creativity, Rebecca and I explained to the kids about resolutions, and then recorded them as they told us about their deep, well-thought-out, meaningful goals for 2012. I, for one, am now resolved to do this every NYE.
NYE 2011 (I am having trouble getting the video to embed right now. Click over to watch the video if you want to.)
Miley was way excited about the New Year.
“Girls, sit down here so I can get a picture of you.”
“Wow, that was lovely. Now be serious.”
“Ok, Em, not quite that serious. Smile!”
“Better…but maybe, a real smile? One more try…”