Monday, February 6, 2012

Merry Christmas, 2011!

2011 was our year to travel up to Memphis to celebrate Christmas with the Bellican family. The boys always do such a great job traveling in the car, and this trip was no exception! We are always so excited to visit our families--I just look at everyone's faces and am blown away by how blessed we are--we love each other so much, and we all love seeing each other and spending time together.

The first night we got there, we were treated to some good ole' Memphis barbeque
(Corky's, of course!)

During the day on Christmas Eve, we simply enjoyed each other. These boys loved hanging out together. Not sure if they were watching Thomas or Mickey Mouse here, but whatever it is, they are into it for sure!!!

tractor-ride traditions!

One of the main things the boys look forward to when they visit "The Big H" (aka my parents' house) is a tractor ride with Papa!!!

Bookus gets a turn! (yes, he still calls himself that--so sweet!)

Later that evening we all went over to Aunt Mandy's house for dinner. The kids got to open a Christmas Eve gift...

new pajamas for all! aren't the cousins cuties?

We finally got the kids down and settled in for some Wii playing.

Super Mario, anyone?

our little family on Christmas day

Anthony takes a pic with Aunt Michelle and Uncle Josh
(isn't my sis gorgeous?!?)

So, apparently, while we were all playing the wii, Mandy and Justin's van got broken into, and their GPS was stolen. The cops came out to take a look--the boys were fascinated by the police car. Here are Anthony and James trying to get a good look.

Little Lucas wants to see too!

meal time was never calm with these three--don't you just love the smathering of crumbs on the floor? notice they are mostly under lucas' chair--my messy boy!

we had a "help yourself" lunch of different kinds of soup--yum!

From right: our cousin Jeff and his girlfriend Kristen (in town from Atlanta), Michelle and Josh

Meme plays Santa while the boys tear into their gifts--they loved it!

Baby Reese loved watching all the action!

Lucas was so excited when he opened his mickey mouse!

the first thing he did was give mickey a big hug, then a kiss--my sweet baby

anthony was so excited to open some new construction trucks underwear!!!

the boys all got helicopters that flash lights and make lots of noise!

Reesy-Piecey in her Christmas bow--
Can I take her home with me???

these goofballs are nothing but trouble

but they sure do love every minute of life

i think i'll keep 'em!!! :)

Thanks so much, mom and dad, for a wonderful trip! It always seems too short! Wish we had gotten a group shot--that one's always a little tricky! We sure had fun, though! Thank you so much for working so hard to make this Chistmas memorable and special for all of us! We love you so much!!!