Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas Memories

We had a great Christmas. It was certainly not a white Christmas, it was a rather wet one, in fact. But, we enjoyed a nice, quiet day at home, with my mom coming to join us. She arrived on Wednesday - just in time to make cookies, fudge, peppermint bark, etc. We packaged most of it up and the girls took them into Nolan's work on Thursday to hand out to people working on Christmas Eve Day - something we have decided to make an annual tradition. Only next year, we learned we need to take a whole bunch more. After making their rounds, there was only one cookie left. Whew!

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The girls decorating a birthday cake for Jesus. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, right? :)Christmas 2009 Page 2

We attended a lovely Christmas Eve service at our church and headed home to make the final preparations. Mia is scared of Santa coming in in our house, so we always let her sleep in our room on Christmas Eve. Leila has always been such a thoughtful big sis (he he) and has joined her little sister in the annual tradition. Kara joined them this year in the annual Christmas Eve campout in our room. It's actually a pretty good thing, because we can keep a close eye on them and make sure there is no peeking before the camera and video starts to roll. :)

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Santa was very kind to the girls this year. Kara had a wonderful first Christmas.

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As soon as the presents were unwrapped, Leila opened up a salon in the kitchen with her new makeup kit. We had a whole lot of teal blue eye shadow going on around our house on Christmas Day! Leila tends to be a bit heavy-handed with the blush and my mom ended up looking like a NYC Rockette toy soldier. LOL

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Today, the girls woke up at 5:45 am to head to their first bowl game with Nolan. They left bright and early at 6:15 a.m. to go to the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl in Detroit, so I am amazed they even look awake in these photos. Last night, I made some signs for them to hold, including one in a shameless attempt to get the girls on tv. (Nolan's idea.)

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Hey, it worked! With one minute to go in the game, they got their few seconds of tv air time. Marshall won and Nolan said they had a really nice day together. I can't wait to hear all about it from them tomorrow.

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I hope you had a wonderful and blessed Christmas!!

May the real reason for this celebration remain in our hearts long after the Christmas decorations are put away.

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Marla said...

Wow Santa is a swell guy! I'm so glad they got on tv, how fun. Have a wonderful New Years!

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh - we were watching the game at Evan's parents house - if I had known they were there I would have been on the lookout!!! Good ending for your fans! Looks like you all had a wonderful Christmas. My mom has had a wonderful few days - praises:)

Hugs! Ashley

Jodee Leader said...

Wow! What a fabulous Christmas! The girls look adorable in their matching PJs! How fun to get on TV too!

I hope you have a great weekend!

Norah said...

Love the photos! Merry Christmas!

Missy said...

What a great Christmas you all had!!! I LOVE that the girls and Nolan were on tv! Are you clever or what, my friend :)
Looks like Santa was really great to your sweeties!

Michelle said...

Thanks, Missy!! I should have clarified... what to put on the sign was my husband's idea, I just made it. I would have never known to put that on there, since I never watch football. Glad he knows what he's doing! :)

Courtney said...

What an amazing Christmas. I bet it was so much fun to watch Kara experience her first Christmas in America. I love that they got of TV!

Colleen said...

Look at them on TV how cute is that!!! Love the pictures of the girls in their matching PJ's!!!
The white furry boot slippers that you asked about are from Gymboree. The girls have them in white, light pink and hot pink...they are so cute I can't resist!

Somewhere In The Sun said...

Your blog is always so fun to visit! I love that the girls got on t.v. Good thinking mom!


a Tonggu Momma said...

Your husband is clever, clever, clever! And I loved seeing a glimpse of your Christmas. Happy Christmas to you and yours.

Jboo said...

Sounds and looks like a wonderful Christmas! Have a great New Year's!


Gail said...

As always you manage to capture the moments so perfectly Michelle! Fabulous pictures.

LOVE how they were on fun!

Marla said...

I absolutely love the pics of them coming down the stairs, why didn't I think of that?!?! :)

So glad they had a great Christmas and WOOHOO @ getting on TV, how fun!!!

Mei Mei s and Mayhem said...

Love the look on their faces coming down the stairs!! And what a cool TV second of fame! :-)

Stacy said...

Merry Christmas Michelle! So glad that yours was so wonderful! I enjoyed hearing about the girls being on TV- how fun:)

Heather said...

So beautiful, your hearts, first and foremost, but also the pictures and traditions! I had to giggle our little ladybugs got the same guitars and Hannah got the same exact microphone as Mia! What is that...great minds really DO think alike! :)

Happy New Year my dear friend, hoping 2010 is the year of nurturing my friendships!


3 Peanuts said...

It looks and sounds like a perfect Christmas. Your girls look like they get along so well.....makes me wish KAte had a sister....

Blesings for a Happy New Year.

3 Peanuts said...

I missed that they were on TV the last time I was here...that is so cool. Your signs look obviously have artistic talent in several areas.

bbmomof2boys said...

I've visited before many times but don't think I've commented before. I know this is an older post but I just saw the HERD signs! My oldest goes to Marshall and lives in Huntington with his wife and our granddaughter! GO HERD!!