Friday, December 31, 2010

Texas Christmas!

Our tradition in our family is that my mom always buys the girls in the fam matching PJ's. This has gotten more difficult over the years, especially with the mix of toddler and adult size PJ's. I thought they turned out real cute this year. More sock monkey jammies. Just not a onesie like last year. Later, we opened our sweet house shoes that we picked out on Black Friday. HaHa!

The opening presents side of Christmas has became a little more entertaining as Victoria has grown up and began to believe in Santa Clause. Here's her when she first saw her gifts. Baby dolls!!!

She's quite the teeny momma.

Then us big kids got to open our stockings. Yee-Haw!! I'd say the glow flash-lights were a big hit this year.

And, we'll have to bring them next time we are in California because they make super cool designs on the camera. What do you think Spencer?

Oh and I'm so thankful for the flip to capture moments like this!...
*Video will have to come later after I upload them to my comp! #iamlazy.

She really is a sweet girl though. ;) Here she is singing her Grandma and Grandpa song after giving her sign (designed by Hillary) to them.

Cute baby...Clint... ;)

I know this post is a lot about gifts and that is not what Christmas is all about but I still enjoy all the silly little additions that come with the Christmas holidays. And sometimes we get each other silly things like blinking flashlights and marshmallow shooters. But we have lots of fun together and create some really funny memories to look back on each year. I'm thankful for my family and for the times we get to spend together. Christmas is one of those times where I think it's important to remember your family both spiritual and physical in whatever ways you see most fitting! Merry Christmas to everyone! :)

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Cal.i.forn.i.a. Beach Pictures

While in California, we packed up and headed out to the beach for an afternoon of swimming.

LA Christmas!

First stop for Christmas...Los Angeles. We made a trip out there to see Spencer and April in their very first apartment together. We love them and always have so much fun when we are together. Chad's mom met us out there also and we all got to spend Christmas together. This was my first trip out to California ever and it was beautiful! Mountains, ocean, city, airplanes...all in one view. Loved it! When we first got there we were all starving. So we headed out to a California staple. In*N*Out Burger.

Mostly, we just had a great time hanging around their apartment. Including begging to open all of our presents on the first night like a bunch of grown up~KIDS. And, we did.

The joke of all the gifts was Spencer and April and their new Nintendo Wii. They knew they would be getting one. But, we made sure it was the last gift they opened. We laughed at all of the controllers and games they opened before they ever had the game system. Needless to say, they were very excited to open up their very last gift, the Wii!

And how about these awesome tourist shirts?? Spencer and April saved us some time since it was a short trip. They got our tourist shirts for us...
The next morning we enjoyed a nice breakfast and opened stockings! (Courtesy of: Alisa...Of course she would remember the stockings!! ;) ha!)

We stuffed our faces with amazing food, including croc*pot candy..Y*U*M! And, we played a lot of games. We got 'Fact or Crap' from Alisa and Spencer and April got 'Wits and Wadgers'. Both are great games and we laughed a lot!
We spent a little time playing with our cameras' manual settings and came out with some pretty funny shots...