That was a Lovely Holiday Weekend

Allan had Friday off work. Usually he works Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve so it was a treat to have that extra day with him. He has New Year’s Eve off this year, too!

On the 23rd we went to Bass Pro Shops to see Santa like we do every year. We got in line and an employee (dressed like an elf, of course) came up and told us only people with tickets could see Santa that evening. We were pretty darned bummed because Bass Pro Shops is a far drive from our house!!

We decided to go home and have hot chocolate with the girls after putting the little kids to bed. Payson can’t have hot chocolate because of allergies.

We stopped at WalMart on the way home so I could buy wrapping paper. Ember was asleep so I went in with only Payson.
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He was in a really good mood in the store. Too bad I can’t say the same for poor Ember in the car with Allan. She was really hungry and woke up right after I left. Allan ended up bouncing her the whole time I was in the store. Which was a looong time because WalMart on December 23rd was jam packed!
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Christmas Eve day was a wonderful day. I didn’t take any pictures, though! I’m notoriously bad at taking pictures during holidays! We did crafts and baking that day. I cleaned a lot, too. And in the evening we went on a hike, which is where we took that picture in the post below.

After the kids were in bed we got everything ready for Christmas. We were up until 2am, which was brutal the next day! lol

I forgot to take a picture of the presents under the tree, the only thing I regret not having my camera out for 🙁

In fact, I didn’t pick up my camera until all the presents were opened. I don’t regret that, though, because I had such a great time sitting right in the middle of it all and just watching the happiness 🙂
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This year Allan picked out all the gifts for the kids except for their gift from Santa and their stocking stuffers! We have been trying to save money and also start teaching the kids to value possessions more so this year we focused on getting the kids stuff they needed for fun family outings instead of getting them boatloads of toys. Snow wear and camping gear were the two big things we looked for.
The kids were totally thrilled 🙂
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I bought Payson a potty chair and some undies. I’m not planning on potty training him anytime soon, but sometime in the next year it should happen.
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Brooklyn’s gift from Santa was webkinz. Her aunt Mary got her a webkinz (and Sierra, too) when she sent a baby gift for Ember when she was born. Brooklyn’s been obsessed with them and she was over the moon happy Christmas morning when she opened these. She was so excited to have friends for her cat.
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Sierra wore her new headband and ring pop and looked so stylish amongst her loot.
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Payson was happy to be a part of everything. Having allergies and being the youngest I can tell he feels left out sometimes. Just at mealtimes, having different foods, it really affects him being different, so I try REALLY hard to make everything even with the kids and to make him feel like he’s as much a part of everything as they are!
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After opening presents and playing with everything for quite a while we had a late breakfast. And oh what a breakfast it was. Me and Allan worked together to make homemade hashbrowns, eggs, sausage and orange slices. Allan makes the best hashbrowns so I was in heaven!
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The girls spent Payson and Ember’s naps working on crafts.
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While Allan put my new Christmas gift to work. He got me an upholstery cleaner because I’ve been wanting one for two years!! Having four kids is hard on couches but having a kid with reflux was even worse than normal wear. Payson spit up around ten times a day when he was a newborn and it did a number on my poor, poor couch. Add the fact that the boy manages to get into a bazillion messy things every month and loves to mess up the couch (no really, he loves to use it as a napkin!!) and you have a disgusting piece of furniture:
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But now it looks nice again! Which makes me happy 🙂
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The two younger kids woke up from their naps and we decided to go on another hike since we didn’t get much time there the day before. We drove back to Picketpost mountain. Payson whined the whole way 😛
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Here’s another shot I liked of the family.
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The day after Christmas I let the kids watch Christmas movies while I cleaned up. I also did about 7 loads of laundry!
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And snapped a picture when the kids were in their church clothes. Though I hadn’t done their hair yet :-S
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Ember looked so sweet in her hand-me-down Christmas dress 🙂
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I really love hand-me-downs!
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We all went outside to play because the weather was so nice.
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Ember was out there, too. She is such a sweet baby and smiled and laughed at me but she was actually pretty sleepy and hungry. She spent most of the time nursing.
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I love these two; I really love these two together.
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We eventually went inside to eat dinner.
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We had BBQ steak and chicken along with tater tots and veggies and ranch. Tots are a big hit for the kids lately.
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Ember slept for a bit longer.
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I let Allan sleep in Sunday so he let me sleep in today. Yep, he’s off again!! This is an amazing treat for me. He pretty much never takes time off work!

I woke up and fed Ember. Allan headed outside with the older girls to do some work in the yard and to take the sunscreens off the windows since we don’t need them in winter.
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The girls did such a great job helping outside that they took a break to come in and get ring pops.
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And then it was back outside to play!
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I’ve been blogging while they’re out there. Allan’s asked me about a hundred times to come out and be with them and help him. Usually I run right on out when he asks, the weather is glorious. But I just wasn’t in the mood this morning after an exhausting weekend. Lovely, fun, happy weekend, but a LOOOOOOT of work, too!!

As I’m typing he asked me another two times to come out!
I hear the two little kids waking up so I’m going to go get them dressed and head on out now!
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6 thoughts on “That was a Lovely Holiday Weekend

  • What a great Christmas. I spent my christmas eve in the ER with pneumonia.:( I was back home in time for Santa though. :)Love all the pics. The big eyed monkey in the presents pics is the same one macie got this year. I coudl say so much more about the great pics but I am still down with this pneumonia so I have to get off quickly. Back soon with more to say though. 🙂

  • Santa got that same stuffed monkey with the big eyes for my son in his stocking and those rubber snakes I got my boys ($1.00 @walmart?) for their stockings too. Great pics, looks like a relaxing fun Christmas. Safe & Happy New Years wishes to your family!

  • Did you mean Ember looked so sweet in her hand-me-down dress? 😉

    It looks like you and the family had a lovely Christmas! I'm glad for you that you had some extra time to spend with your hubby! I know how hard it is having a husband who travels.

    Those first two pictures of Payson had me laughing out loud. I know it's been said before by me as well as many others, but that child's facial expressions are absolutely priceless! He is such a little character!

    Love the picture of Ember with her pink coat and sock mittens. (Would you believe I've been wearing fuzzy socks on my hands at night because my fingers and hands get so darned cold?) Her smile is melt-your-heart sweet! Does she still scrunch up her nose sometimes too? Her lips remind me of little turtle lips. 🙂

    Sierra looks so grown up in a couple of those pictures! Maybe it's the jeans? The style with the flared bottom definitely makes her look taller.

    And…I love Brooklyn's expression in the picture of the kids wearing their church clothes. She is a natural in front of the camera and always seems ready with a variety of expressions poses!

    I don't know how you'll ever top that new header! Every time I visit your blog, I'm instantly struck by the beauty of the vibrant fall colors and amazing family pictures. My husband even commented on the pictures the other day when he was walking by the computer.

    Wishing you and the family continued happiness, good health and many blessings in the new year!

  • oceans5, I'm so so sorry you were in the ER with pneumonia! That's so horrible 🙁
    I hope you feel completely better for New Year's.

    Christine, funny about the monkeys and snakes. And yep, Allan got the snakes for $1 at WalMart. And all three kids LOVE them and have been taking them everywhere! lol

    Chere, I did mean Ember! haha! You know what's terrible is I read your comment and then went and read what I wrote and couldn't figure out what you were correcting! I literally read the sentence four times before I realized I'd typed Sierra! lol. The similarities between Ember and Sierra could fill an entire post, I often call Ember, Sierra! hee

    Ember does still crinkle her nose when she smiles! It's the cutest thing. I've tried and tried to capture her real smiles in pictures but I rarely can because she'll be laughing and grinning from ear to ear but the second the camera's in front of my face she's solemn. I don't blame her, why would I want to smile at a black box? haha

  • I thought it was cute that you referred to Payson as the youngest… he's not anymore! lol But I do totally get what you were saying.

    Where did you get the little chairs for the kids? I've been wanting to get some for ours for soccer games, but haven't found any in cute colors like that!

    And I think it's so funny when I see other moms getting the same things for their kids that my kids have (the headband Sierra was wearing, and her gold shirt w/ the flower… to name a couple from this post alone).

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