12.31.2012

Scenes from December

December Happenings
December Happenings
December Happenings
December Happenings
December Happenings
Elf on the Shelf
December Happenings
Elf on the Shelf
Rocket Center Santa
Rocket Center Santa
Rocket Center Santa
December Happenings
December Happenings

gumdrop trees and gingerbread men.
sweet reindeer and sparkling lights.
a playful elf and a precious boy.

these
are a few
of my 
favorite
things.

12.30.2012

Here we go (sniff cough) 'a-Christmasing!

This holiday season had some unexpected (and unwelcome!) surprises...
Eight days before Christmas, I came down with the flu.
It. was. terrible.
The only time I left the bed during a six day period, 
was to visit the doctor.
There's no worse time to be sick,
but luckily,
thanks to all 5 medicines I took,
I was up and moving the day before Christmas Eve.
I thought we were in the clear.....

Christmas Eve
Christmas Eve
Christmas Eve
Christmas Eve

Like always, we spent Christmas Eve at my parents' house.
We usually have a big, yummy Christmas dinner.
Hudson said the blessing this year,
and as we bowed his head,
he quietly prayed:
"Dear Lord,
thank you for sweet tea,
Gennie & Granddad,
and thank you for baby Jesus.
Amen."
Could there be a sweeter prayer? 

Christmas Eve
Christmas Eve
Christmas Eve
Christmas Eve

Dessert is a highlight of our holiday.
This year I helped my mom make our traditional Christmas cake!
We've never had the same type of cake twice, and this selection was extra tasty.
We made a delicious white layer cake with a decadent filling of strawberry, raspberry and cranberry,
topped with buttercream frosting, hand rolled fondant stars, and edible pearls.
It was sooooo good. 
We also have a tradition of opening a "table present" at dinner.
Hudson got a Snoopy snow globe and we got the most gorgeous celestial coasters...they've been on my wish list! 

Christmas Eve
Christmas Eve
Christmas Eve
Christmas Eve
Christmas Eve
Christmas Eve
Christmas Eve
Christmas Eve
Christmas Eve
Christmas Eve

After we had our fill,
we opened presents.
Hudson had lots of gifts under the tree from his grandparents,
and a few from Mama & Daddy, too.
As he carefully opened his surprises,
he would ask:
"Who is this from?"
and before he could even get it open,
he would run over and give the gift-giver a big kiss and say "Thank you for my present!"
He did this all on his own,
and it made me so proud!
Our little guy has such a kind heart.
He had a wonderful time seeing what he received...
Hudson's smile grew bigger and bigger with each package he unwrapped.
He got so many fun things!

We got ready for bed at my parents' house,
because Santa was visiting Hudson there this year.
THEN,
Hudson got sick.
It wasn't the flu,
but a pesky stuffy nose and dry cough quickly became
a dreadful fever virus overnight.
The poor guy felt just terrible.
We tried our best to make him comfortable, and cheer him up (with lots of love and talk of Santa).
When he woke up on Christmas morning,
despite his high temperature, he tried his hardest to enjoy the festivities.
The first thing he said from his bed was:
"Mama! Daddy! I think Santa's been here!"

Christmas Morning
Christmas Morning
Christmas Morning
Christmas Morning
Christmas Morning
Christmas Morning
Christmas Morning
Christmas Morning
Christmas Morning
Christmas Morning
Christmas Morning
Christmas Morning
Christmas Morning
Christmas Morning

He hurried downstairs to check out his presents,
and I think he was in awe. He didn't know what to pick up first!
As the morning went by,
he was so pitiful, sifting through all of his surprises;
you could tell he felt awful,
but he wanted so badly to play with his new things.
We spent the rest of the day
tending to the little guy and trying to help him feel better.

Late Christmas
Late Christmas

A few days later, after Hudson recuperated, we paid a holiday visit to Will's parents' house.
After we enjoyed Christmas punch and a late lunch,
Hudson got more great gifts!
We gave Will's brother, Sam, a pretty fun present this year....
I'm sure I've mentioned Sam on the blog before,
but, just for this story's sake:
Sam has Down Syndrome,
and Sam loves love loves movies.
One of his favorite's is A Christmas Story.
Just imagine his surprise when he opened up our gift to him: his very own leg lamp!
We all set it up in the dining room window so that Sam could go outside and look at it...
just like the movie!
Ha! He got such a kick out of that.

So although Winter sicknesses tried to bring us down,
our Christmas was very blessed,
and very wonderful.
I am so thankful for our families,
and our sweet Hudson.

12.25.2012

May Every Day be Christmas

Christmas Card
Christmas Card
Christmas Card
Christmas Card
Christmas Card

May every day be Christmas,
And every day be blessed.
Let the end of every day be filled with happiness.

And may the Lord be good to you,
with every rising sun.
All through the day,
have a smile for everyone.

At night time comes a longing,
to be with the ones you love...
to sit around the fireside,
and dream of stars above.

So may God bless you and keep you,
come what may.
Then every day will be a happy day.

Merry Christmas
dear, sweet friends.
xo