Thursday, February 21, 2013

Memphis Christmas in November

Phew!  We sure did celebrate a lot while we were in town...and the holiday season is just getting started!  On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, we celebrated Christmas with the Bellican family since we'd be up in Chicago with the Mammina family over Christmas in December.  I love how we just take it pretty easy "Christmas" morning--we have a spread of fruit, breakfast foods (including homemade hot pockets!), cookies, oh, and we cannot forget the sausage balls!!!  :)  We just come in and munch whenever we are hungry or take a plate into the den.  The kids love it because it's so different from eating at the table, and therefore oh, so special!


the kids woke up in their new spiderman pjs

they had fun showing off their webs

james loves his too

sweet minnie -- i mean, reese

these two were big buddies over the weekend
love how the guys in the background are serious about getting some things done!!!

my mom left out an empty stable for the telling of the Christmas story to the children...
somehow there ended up a donkey eating out of a snack bowl...
hmmmm...wonder which little one did that?!?  ;)

mario gets some snuggle time with his boys

michelle and josh are INCREDIBLE to bear with all the "kid stuff" of the day

my dad recited an easy to understand version of Jesus' birth while my mom assisted the children in putting the right people/animals in at the right time...they loved it!

it was definitely a little busy in this area, but i love this tradition and hope we keep it up!
they really got into it!

anthony volunteered to lead the family in prayer to thank God for the gift of His Son, Jesus

sweet little Lucas closing his eyes

baby Reese folds her hands

and, oh, my sweet nephew james--busy watching everybody else!

we had to get a corrected pose in our "redo" shot!  ha!

time for stockings!!!
the kids had a blast opening gifts and did fantastic overall!

uncle josh helps reese with her new backpack

james and anthony check out their new lanterns 

lucas tries on his new crocs for summer

and the most fun present of all?
when they woke up from their naps, the boys were treated to one last gift...

a racetrack that battery powered cars and trains zoom over!!!
it's a flexible track, so the boys discovered they could make "bumps" in the track by putting their legs under it!  how exciting!!!

what a fun gift from meme and papa!  they loved it!!!  james and reese got one too!

the best part?  the headlights shine in the dark!
the best part for me?  all the pieces disassemble quickly and neatly into their storage bag until ready to be played with again!  haha!  thanks for that, mom!  ;)

 We had so much fun celebrating with you!!!  Thanks for a lovely holiday weekend!
And happy early birthday, Jesus!