A December salad

January 14, 2011

in A girls,Camille,Family,holidays

So where to start?  A recap of December 2010!  Get ready for a hodgepodge – a Christmas jello salad – kind of blog post.

What a whirlwind month December was!  I was still doing shoots and editing and designing Christmas cards right up till the last minute.  So fortunate to have business, but it makes me a little crazy at times!

Since we didn’t go on a real vacation in 2010, we decided to take the girls to the Gaylord Texan Hotel (right after they were all getting over THE FLU!), and it was a lot of fun.   We ate at the restaurants, enjoyed all the pretty Christmas decorations and even went to the ice exhibit.  I hate to be a Debbie Downer, but I wasn’t all that into it.  Of course, it was freezing cold, and the waiting in the line was not the most ideal with 3 kids, but that’s one thing that we can say we did.  The girls’ favorite part of the hotel experience?  The room, of course!  (Swimming was even too cold for them!)

Here are some pics from the hotel trip…

Our room with a view of the atrium (which I definitely recommend).

The ICE! show.  Ava hates being cold, so she wasn’t too thrilled about it.

Room Service!  They thought this was so cool.  I really need to lower the bar!!!

Making million dollar Gingerbread houses.

It was fun!  But next time we’ll just go ahead and buy those 2 plane tickets to Puerto Rico.  That place is a money pit.

Other fun December happenings…

Big A’s school program.  She gets SO into it and is just SO cute.  Can you find her?

Little A and Big C’s birthday parties!  Can’t believe C is one and Little A turned FOUR!  C is about to be as tall as she is.

We had C’s party at the house, ate pizza with family and watched her dig in to her cake.

The Birthday Girl and Mama.

Soon after we went to the local gymnastics place to have Little A’s birthday party.  Such a great time!  Here’s Little A next to her cousins, Madee, Clay and Kara.

Little A with her Umizoomi cake.

Little A’s REAL birthday, December 14th…

A night at Chick-Fil-A to celebrate.  She’s making a craft on Kids’ Night.

And then, of course, Christmas!

Christmas Eve we celebrated with Christopher’s side of the family.  Here are all the grandkids so anxious to open gifts.

And a shot from my side of the family’s Christmas…

Love this one of all the girls with big smiles on their faces…Look at Kiki on the couch with an injured knee…

My sisters and I went in together to get my Dad personalized Aggie plates.  We were so proud, but maybe not as proud as he was.  He didn’t know it but he was driving with expired plates for a week.  That was the only way we could do it and keep the surprise till Christmas.   Luckily, he’s not a speeder, so his chances of getting pulled over were pretty slim!  But, we were still nervous about it!

Here are the girls and Lily going to see what Santa brought them.  Lily has the phone in case she needs to get a hold of Santa and customer service at the North Pole.

Excited girls!

I think this might’ve been Little A’s second one of these.  Who cares, it’s Christmas.

I think that pretty much sums up December.  Surely I left nothing out…

I’m still in disbelief that 2010 is really over.  It’s 2011…and I’m going to be THIRTY-FIVE this year! According to my husband’s life schedule we’re pretty much halfway there. (But luckily I have higher expectations than he does!) We joke about it, though it does sound kind of depressing.  But life really does keep getting better and more and more fun – just wish it could slow down some.

Looking forward to exciting times this year!  Can’t wait to share it all with you.

Oh, and thank you so much for the comments.  Keep ‘em coming!  They make my day.  :)

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 GRACE January 14, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Thank you Allison for updating your blog—-I enjoy it so much. LOVE TO YOU ALL.GG

2 Karen January 14, 2011 at 4:59 pm

What did Kiki do? Is she all better?

LOVE your dad’s plate. I’ll be on the lookout for it and I’ll know he’s your dad! I’m a big fan of the personalized aggie plates – i’m AG 98. My dad is looking into getting some too. WHOOP!

3 Lisa Perez January 15, 2011 at 9:32 pm

Wow…you really summed up December! So glad we were able to get to share it with y’all. The comment and pic of Lily holding the cell phone made me laugh out loud! Keep the blog posts coming! :)

4 Amy January 16, 2011 at 3:21 am

I loved seeing your pictures! Love y’alls gift to your dad!!!

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