Thursday, December 22, 2011

Merry Christmas

cookies, pies and cakes are made . . .
presents are bought and wrapped (almost) . . .
the stockings are hung by the chimney with care . . .
fresh greenery has replaced the dried out . . .
Christmas trees are glowing . . .

and . . .

the house is almost clean enough for Christmas guests . . .

so . . .

all that's left is to wish you a very

Merry Christmas!!

Maybe next week, Mimi can post the other fun times we had with all of you; but for now, I'm scurrying around like a little mouse trying to finish everything because . . .

it's only 2 days until

Santa comes to Mimi's house along with 5 sleighloads of very special guests


she can't wait!!!!!

Merry Christmas
from our home to yours!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

While Daddy Worked . . .

We played!

The A girls daddy had to work in Nashville at the beautiful Gaylord Opryland Hotel the first week in December and Mimi and Granddaddy got asked to go along over the weekend.  Mimi had wanted that to be our family Christmas "trip" but with CJ's basketball schedule it didn't work out ~ ~ maybe next year . . .!!

As always the decorations were breathtaking.

Santa was so sweet!

Someone always has their eyes closed when Mimi's snapping the pics but you're still gorgeous!

Of course, we had to see the Rockettes!
What a Christmas treat!!
The Nativity at the end was wonderful.

You girls practiced your kicks the rest of the weekend.

Thanks, Daddy, for letting us play while you worked!!

More Christmas Fun . . .

On Thursday night before we left for Nashville, we watched the Christmas parade.

Your ballet studio had the best float with a rotating Mary and the beautiful music from the Nativity performance scheduled for this weekend.  Mimi and Granddaddy can't wait to see AG in her special performance.  AG, you're the one with the pink headband to the left of the ballerina base.

The Nativity performance is one of the most moving Christmas performances Mimi has ever seen.  I'm so glad Mommy chose this studio for your training.

More "Fun to Come" with little carolers, Christmas plays, ballplayers, and Christmas parties . . .

so much fun that Mimi's Christmas tree has very few presents under it with very few days left for shopping!
and then there's the baking . . .
and the cooking . . .

Oh, NO!!!!

Mimi needs some of those cute little Elves of Santas to come to the acre and help me get ready for my precious house guests!  Do ya'll think you could ask Lydious and Kidias to tell Santa Mimi needs some help?

Well, I'll go start making my "To Do" list for tomorrow!

Goodnight, sweet monkeys!!

Monday, December 12, 2011

The ABC's of Christmas Cookies

Since you girls have been here, Mimi and your Mama's make Christmas cookies over Thanksgiving weekend.  Three years ago, Mande decided to get creative and turn our pictures into a CD for us.  Of course, Mimi cried when they played it for us on Christmas Eve.  Pictures from all the years are great to look back on, but the CD is priceless!!  If Mimi knew how to add it to the computer and then to the blog, I would; but remember, Mimi didn't teach that part of computers!  Anyway, here's Mande's blog entry from that year.

The ABC's of Christmas Cookies 2008

Now to the 2011 version . . .

The new aprons . . .
pink and green ~ what else for Mimi's princess monkeys?

CJ and Kaleb finally join the baking fun!

With Thanksgiving decorations still up, no Christmas clothes (or red hairbows), and a hurried day, these pictures were certainly not CD worthy; but, we'll always remember the fun!!  It was great having Kaleb join us for our pre-Christmas activities this year!

Usually, the day after Thanksgiving always means new Christmas clothes from Mimi's sewing room; but this year all I whipped up were your "Magic Pillowcases" . . . but guess what????  NO PICTURES (maybe someone's mommy got one)!  I think ya'll are enjoying the magic they hold and sleeping soundly.  Mimi also hopes before you drift off to sleep, you look closely at the manger scene on the front of the pillowcase so you will always remember the real reason for this most wonderful season!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

While You Were Sleeping . . .

on the day after Thanksgiving . . .
just like clock work . . .




and Clark

SANTA's sneakly little Elves

surprised ya'll with a breakfast of donuts, muffins and fruit that they prepared

while you were snuggled in your warm beds in the nest.

Surprises they left for each of you . . .
cute little Christmas headbands, Santa mugs and a special note
Mimi loves the centerpiece they made!


Sweet Ailee wanted to read her note Lydious left instead of getting her picture made

All your excited screams soon woke your Mommies and Daddies . . .

and Campbell's Daddy even stole a kiss under her mistletoe headband!

These funny little Elves have continued their mischief each morning when they arrive from the North Pole . . .

while you were sleeping . . .

Hope you're sleeping snuggly right now!!