Friday, December 30, 2011

Christmas 2011

no fancy baking for me! peanut butter cookies
with Dove dark chocolate squares instead of
Hershey kisses.

And already sliced christmas tree cookies

with vanilla frosting in between, rolled in

holiday sprinkles

our annual Christmas Eve portrait, even

Louie behaved!

Kali was wearing the Christmas outfit we

bought her

hello Madison!

me and my sis

Nicole trying to keep Colten happy, and Mom

in the background chugging wine! hahaha

Kali and Daddy

dreaming of what Santa will bring....

a nice picture with my girls....

after many naughty ones!

Kali was giving her cousin Lucas a hug

ok, enough she says

already in her jammies, time to leave great-

Grammy and Grampa's house and head home

But not before we had some birthday cake! Their birthday is

January 12th but we celebrated Christmas Eve because

they head to Florida before their birthday

Ready for some birthday wishes!

Mom has much more hot air to blow out the candles after

her heart operation!!

Aunt Shelley sent this home for Louie, he

went crazy with it!

Brooke's fashionable Christmas Eve jammies

Christmas morning, ok Mom, where are ALL my gifts?

Christmas Day at Gary's brother's house

Ginny and Bruce


Christmas night, Kali came to open presents,

and Papa helped to get all the annoying packaging

off her toys

This picture was actually Christmas Eve, the tree

always looks so magical

Sarah's Key

Finally watched this movie, it has a lot of subtitles but I hardly noticed. What a great adaption from the book! Tells the story of the notorious Vel' d'Hive roundup of Jewish people in France, by the French authorities, in July of 1942, through the lives of Sarah Starzynski and her family. Just terrible that these people were treated this way, and lives taken, for what?

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Super 8

I heard this was a really good movie, and it was! I highly recommend it!

Thursday, December 22, 2011


Christmas is a light in the midst of darkest winter.....

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A Christmas Star

I have seen these books co-written by Thomas Kinkade and never really wanted to read them. I don't know why I ordered this one, but I am glad I did, it was very well written and I loved the storylines.

Mall Day

went to Rockingham Mall, and look what is

in the food court, it's Kali's lucky day!

Shopping for glittery shoes

and Michael Jackson hats

Brooke did the moonwalk in The Children's

Place, she's so talented

This balloon walks along the floor behind you

you coming Minnie?

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Split Pea and Ham Soup

I made this in the crock pot today with the ham bone from the Christmas party last weekend. That along with the cheesy bread was the perfect dinner to eat in front of the fireplace on this cold winter's day. I don't think it even hit 20 degrees here today!

Baker Kali

Kali got a little apron and hat set for Christmas
at the Griffin Christmas gathering

She went around stirring everybody, saying

Bate, Bate (Spanish for mix that she learned on Dora)

Her little cousin got the same. How cute!