Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Christmas 2016 Celebrations

Christmas Celebration #1:

Our first celebration was with my mother, sister, & her boys a few days before Christmas...

Christmas Celebration #2:

Asher & Mercy were so excited Christmas morning to open their stockings and gifts. It's so fun to experience this special holiday through the eyes of a young child once again...

Christmas Eve - leaving cookies & milk for Santa

"Helping" Abby fix breakfast

The Christmas Story according to Asher and Mercy...

Christmas Celebration #3:

Christmas afternoon was spent at Steve's aunt's house in Claremore. They always have such delicious food & it's always fun to catch up with all of his extended family. Unfortunately, no pics were taken but yummy food was consumed ;-)

Christmas Celebration #4:

We celebrated with Steve's family the day after Christmas. My favorite part is always receiving homemade gifts from the kids that they made with their Nanny and Poppy and Steve's mother always gives me something she made, as well...

Christmas Celebration #5:

Our last Christmas celebration was at my parent's house in OKC. It was so great to see my Uncle David & Aunt Barbara from San Antonio. I haven't seen them in many years and it was their first time to meet Asher and Mercy. It was also good to see my four sisters and the cousins had fun playing outside as it was a very nice, warm winter day...

We have so much to be thankful for this Christmas season but especially for our little Mercy. This time last year she was in a babies home in Africa. It was the only life she ever knew. Now she has a family that loves her a ton and hope for a better future. She's our Christmas miracle.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Kenzie's Christmas Dances

Kenzie has been taking dance at a new (to her) studio this school year and is absolutely loving it. They are challenging her and pushing her like never before which is what she thrives on. She has so much joy and is loving dance even more than in years past. Here's a few pics and videos of her Christmas dances - such amazing talent from all of the girls!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Mercy's Christmas Recital

Mercy is LOVING taking ballet and tap this year. She practices at home with big sister, Kenzie, & always looks forward to her next lesson at the studio with her friends. Here's a few pics & videos from her first Christmas recital...

Friday, December 16, 2016

Mercy's Preschool Christmas Program

Anyone who has spent much time with Mercy knows she LOVES to sing and dance so I know she had a blast performing in her preschool Christmas program this year. There were several times I picked her up from school this past month and she'd say, "Mom! I have to practice my hallelujahs!" So here she is along with lots of friends celebrating the birth of Jesus...

Friday, December 9, 2016

Asher's OPA Christmas Party

Asher's school had the most fun Christmas party this year. All the grades were combined (K-6) and lots of the moms & siblings joined in on the fun, too. It had a "Polar Express" theme so the kids watched the movie while drinking hot chocolate & eating popcorn while laying on their sleeping bags. Then they made crafts and had a book exchange. So much fun!