Thursday, December 29, 2011

Christmas Celebrations

Last Tuesday, Claire made cookies for Santa.  First she made peanut butter cookies and pressed Hershey’s kisses into them; and then she made some chocolate chip cookies.

Claire unwrapping Hershey’s kisses004

Pressing them into peanut butter cookies hot out of the oven005

Leaving her freshly-baked cookies out for Santa to enjoy015

The aftermath – Santa was a bit messy, but at least he used a napkin!033

Claire’s presents021

Cale’s presents023


After opening presents and enjoying some playtime, we loaded up the van and headed to Tulsa.

Friday morning we visited GiGi.  (Here are some pictures from our visit with her.  There are more pictures on Cale’s blog.)

MiMi and PopPop with their grandbabies (Analise, Kenley, Claire, Allie and Cale)083

GiGi with her great-grandbabies094

Thursday afternoon was spent shopping and playing.  Grandma Robin sent Claire $2 which she used to ride the carousel at the mall.  She also got to play on the playground with Analise.  So much fun!

Friday, we went to see the Jolly Old Elf.

Cale meeting Santa103.2

The Norton Kids and The Big Guy106.2

Friday afternoon we had Nanny’s 90th birthday party.  It was a lot of fun.  Friday night, Santa came to MiMi and PopPop’s house.162 



Claire telling us about Santa (He brings presents and says “Ho! Ho! Ho!”)

Claire talking to Santa

Santa brought all of the girls matching jammies, and he brought Cale some Santa jammies.003


On Saturday, we celebrated Christmas.

Opening presents036.2

Our girls054

Singing “Jingle Bells” with jingle bell bracelets068

Listening to PopPop read the Christmas Story from the Bible076

Reading “The Night Before Christmas” with PopPop091

On Sunday, we went to Adam and Shannon’s house for lunch.  Analise and Allie got a pony from Santa Claus, and Claire got to ride him!

Claire and Analise wearing their cowgirl boots – ready to ride!005

Claire’s first pony ride026

Claire on Cherokee with Aunt Shannon and Uncle Adam (also known as simply “Uncle”)034

We had a great time in Tulsa.  We did quite a bit of shopping, eating, partying and celebrating.  Hope all of you had a very Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Playing “Snowman”

Claire and her daddy had a pillow fight and destroyed a pillow.  Claire had so much fun with the stuffing!  She says she’s playing “snowman.”  What a doll!!!

Saturday, December 10, 2011


We took these pictures at the Mercer Botanic Gardens last week.  Claire is 2 1/2 years old.  Cale was just three days old when these pictures were taken.052




Christmas Picture 2011


We are so very blessed!!!

Thank you, PopPop, for being our photographer.  And thank you, MiMi, for helping us tote our stuff and for helping to keep Claire’s attention.  You guys are the best!!  We love you!