Christmas and New Year’s: A Story {mostly} in Pictures

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.

Emma with Marie Grace

Abby with Kit

We also made and consumed beautifully decorated Christmas cookies, of which I took no photos.  Later, Robyn and the girls did some trampoline jumpin’.

The answer to the obvious question – what the heck is Emma wearing – is I have no idea.  The girl has her own fashion sense.  And so long as we’re staying home, who am I to question it? 😉

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 dressed up as Marie Grace:

Wayne and Justin played the Wii.  A lot.  They claimed it was “for the kids.”

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.)

The party planners

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…”

Happy New Year!  May all your dreams for 2012 come true!

About waymel

Navy wife. Homeschooling mom. Adoptive parent. Pianist. Introvert. One who loves quiet and beauty.
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5 Responses to Christmas and New Year’s: A Story {mostly} in Pictures

  1. Too funny!!

    On a side-note, perhaps you could pass J a tip on doll names (in case I have a niece coming). I remember her naming one, & it was “Quintilla” something.

  2. Jen says:

    Love it!!
    The resolutions video MUST become a tradition.
    Hehe Thomas’s fashion sense is much worse than Emma’s. You’d have to see it to believe it! 🙂

  3. shirley wilmoth says:

    I have way too many comments on this wonderful blog…comments on how beautiful my grandchildren are, comments about people and their jewelry and clothing , their smiles and those great partyplanners …so I’ll just say his is a wonderful blog, like a visit with all of you and thanks for doing it.

  4. Rebecca says:

    It was so fun! Come back and we’ll do it all again. . . maybe minus the noisemakers:)

  5. Robyn says:

    I love love love the video. Please do that every year.

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