Thursday, December 31, 2009

Christmas There

Home to Houma for the holidays! Joseph continues to thrill us by being so good on the planes.

Because of the snow last weekend we weren't able to get out and see Santa in person, so we made sure to go bright and early to the mall on Christmas Eve. Joseph got to check him out for a while and have a meet-and-greet with Santa before their photo op, but we still couldn't coach much of a smile out of him.

Funny thing is Santa took one look at us and asked "Didn't I take a picture with you 2 years ago?" Guess our family doesn't blend into the crowd as well down there... Still, cute that Santa knows us.

We spent most of our time just visiting. Joseph got to see both of his great-grandmothers and really got to know Aunt Suthern, Uncle Glenn, and his cousins.

Mimi and Poppy made sure we were well fed between Christmas Eve and Christmas day - scallops, king crab legs, filet mignon, and all the sides to fill us up.

Leyton and Ashton were Joseph's new best friends. It was so great to see them play so well together. They had so much fun in the tub getting ready for bed on Christmas Eve.

Unfortunately it's near impossible to get 1 picture with all 3 kids looking great.

Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, especially not this cat. T Gray never moved from this spot the whole trip.

We tried to carry on the tradition of reading that book before bedtime. Didn't exactly go as planned.

You know we didn't leave cookies out for Santa. We left cake balls!!

This is what Christmas morning looks like in Louisiana. I think I can still see the trail from Santa's sleigh!

Santa likes red velvet.

I spent a good amount of time in the kitchen, where I love to be.
Making cake balls (2 different kinds!):

Yes, I even let Joe Joe eat a few. Then I had to constantly hear "more cake? please?"

Then it was on to building and decorating a gingerbread train and house, mostly with Leyton, but Joseph joined in briefly to get a few licks of icing.

But the biggest hit was making "gravy" - my mom's meatballs and spaghetti sauce - which Glenn was craving.

The whole clan was able to get together our last night for a traditional dinner of turkey and all the fixings. Thanks to Sherrie and Bo for all their hard work!! The kids made a giant mess and ran around like maniacs.

I know this was a giant post, but that covers the whole trip and wraps up the year. But lastly: WHO DAT made the blog?!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Christmas Here

Santa always seems to know good little boys' schedules, so he arrived in DC a few days early knowing that Joseph would be out of town on Christmas morning. He managed to sneak in and get all those presents under the tree while Joseph was in the tub.

He knows that Joseph loves "push toys" (and that his favorite one recently moved a few doors down), and he also heard about a recent interest in baby brothers and dolls too. No surprise that a stroller complete with a baby brother and a shopping cart full of gifts were waiting for him under the tree. (Seriously, he hardly ever rides in his own stroller, because every time he sees it, he says "I push." And won't take "no" for an answer. Ditto at the grocery store.)

The doll was a huge hit! Here are some cute videos:
(I love the 1st one where he blows right past his presents because he sees the camera!)

Of course Santa remembered to fill the stockings!

In addition to more trains and cars, there was also a harmonica which our little musical genius enjoyed.

Christmas "Here" to be followed soon by Christmas "There."
By the way, Santa was very good to us too!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

got milk?

We're leaving for Louisiana in the morning and won't be blogging for a short bit, so I thought I'd leave you with some yummy thoughts. It wouldn't be Christmas if I didn't make a double batch of chewy ginger-molasses cookies - always a hit and most definitely expected at Brent's office party yearly.

And the quest to perfect the "cake ball" technique continues (as does my new love of food photography). Brent's office also got a batch of yellow cake/chocolate frosting combo rolled in milk chocolate to enjoy. The requests for the recipe keep coming!

See how much you can do during one nap if you're super organized?!

Hope y'all have a very merry Christmas! Will catch you up before the New Year.

Monday, December 21, 2009

My 3 sons

Who's that boy making a mess in the kitchen wearing pj's and fireman boots?

Joseph, of course. Since we were inside most of the weekend, we baked and froze a few batches of muffins. All I have to do is say "Do you want to mix?" and he comes running from where ever he is to stir and ask "I lick?". Just put together that step stool from The Company Store, and he uses it everywhere.

And here are my other 2 sweet boys, Jeffrey and Simon, who rarely get to peacefully hang out with us together.

They must've heard Joseph coming...