Holiday in the Park

Darla and I took the kiddos to Holiday in the Park at Six Flags over the Christmas break. We all had a lot of fun!

Meg, Brylie & Bugs
Megan & Brylie riding tea cups
Meg & Brylie
Such cute little girls!

Meg's new play set

While we were in San Antonio over the holidays, a close family friend gave Megan a play set that was left in his yard by the previous home owners. Justin told us that as long as we take it apart and haul it off, we could have it. So, we went over to his house and took it apart. Dad and Jarrad did most of the work, while mom and I supervised.

After it was completely apart, we loaded it up on the trailer and brought it back to Mansfield. Jarrad and I unloaded it and stored it in our garage until today. This morning around 10:30, we started putting it back together. We were successful. It only took about 3.5 hours (with a 1/2 hour for lunch). We went to Lowe's to buy a few new swings and other little things, for now we're all set.

Megan loves it. She played on it all afternoon. Below is a picture of Jarrad and Megan. She's been telling him thank you all day long. She's so cute.

We were finally able to convince her to come in for the day. She got a bath, then curled up in daddy's lap to watch Star Wars. She didn't last five minutes! What a sweet little girl.


Fifth 2007 Christmas

Christmas Day!

We had our fifth and final Christmas celebration on Christmas morning with my family. Of course, Santa visited Megan this year. She was so excited to see everything. She actually asked us "Is all of this for me?" It was so cute. Santa brought Megan a guitar and keyboard. He also brought her a digital camera, a tea set, Disney Princess Dolls, and a cleaning set that includes a mop, broom, floor brush, dust pan and spray bottle for "cleaning solution". She absolutely loved everything. All day, we were offered coffee out of her tea set.

Of course, Mom and dad completely spoiled us this year (as they always do). It was such a perfect Christmas.

It's hard to believe that Christmas has already come and gone. I couldn't have asked for a more perfect Christmas season!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Fourth 2007 Christmas

Christmas Eve - a family tradition!

All my life, we had the tradition of spending Christmas Eve at my grandmother's house in San Antonio with my family, and a few of my mom's sister's families. It was something I always looked forward to.

Two years ago, my grandmother passed away, but we've held strong - we're still carrying on family traditions. Although, since I've gotten married, we only spend every other Christmas with my family (my brothers and cousins are all on the same schedule too). So, this year, we went to my aunt Lanie's house to celebrate Christmas Eve.

It was a great evening. We had dinner, visited, and open presents.

Another tradition we had started a few years back was a "wish ball". Every year, we all write down our wishes for the upcoming year, then the following year, we go back and read our wishes. Its so neat to do.

Christmas Traditions

Last year, I started a Christmas tradition with Megan. We decorate cookies for Santa. This year, we did it in SA at my parents house. Aunt Sheryl and Uncle Kyle even decorated cookies with us. Meg did a great job this year - I was very proud of her.

On Christmas Eve day, we decorated the cookies. Then, right before we went to bed, we put them out for Santa with a glass of milk. Meg had picked out her four favorite cookies for Santa.

I hope this is a tradition we will continue in the future!

Third 2007 Christmas

December 18

Our 3rd Christmas this year was over at Sandra's house. We had dinner, dessert and opened presents. It was a perfect night. Meg had a blast with Leigh Ann's new dog, Sam Bradley, and running around at Nina's house.
Meg got lots of pretty, pretty things from Nina...make up, lotion, and hair accessories. Meg is a very lucky girl to have so many people that love her so much!

Second 2007 Christmas...

On Monday, December 17, Jarrad and I were watching TV around 9:45...below is our conversation...

Jarrad: When are we going to celebrate our Christmas?
Allison: What do you mean?
Jarrad: When are we going to open presents with us and Megan?
Allison: Oh, I was going to take all of our gifts to San Antonio and do it there?
Jarrad: We're not hauling all of our gifts to SA just to haul them back...
Allison: Well, tonight is the only night we can do it...I think I hear Meg in her room.
Jarrad: Go wake her up.

So, at 10:00pm on Monday night, we opened our family presents. It was perfect. Megan got roller skates - which was what she really wanted. She also got some clothes and a few other small gifts.

Watching Meg open up gifts was so adorable. In this picture, she said (with so much enthusiasm), "a beautiful box!" She was genuinely excited about getting a box for Christmas. I had to explain to her that the box wasn't her present. I love this child more than I could ever say!

First 2007 Christmas...

December 16th

Our first Christmas celebration this year was with Luke, Patty, Leigh Ann, Ed, Nick, Michelle, Stacy & Bryan. We all went over to Luke and Patty's house on Saturday night for a sleep over then opened presents the next day. While we were having Christmas breakfast, the door bell rang. We were all pleasantly surprised to see Santa Claus standing at the door :)

Meg was Santa's big helper, passing out every one's presents for him. It was such a great day. One I know we'll all remember.


Merry Christmas

Here is a picture of Megan from Christmas morning. I will post all about our Christmas celebrations soon! We had FIVE!



Dear Santa

On Friday, Jarrad and I took Megan to Prairie Lights in Grand Prairie. It's a drive through light display in Grand Prairie. There are lighted candy canes, toy soldiers, elves, flowers, castles, and of course, Santa & reindeer. About half way through the display, there is a huge tent set up. Inside the tent, there is a food court, a "gift shop", a light show, and pictures with Santa. Poor Santa, Meg just talked his ear off. But, I think she got her point across that she wants roller skates for Christmas. Hopefully Santa will hear her wishes!
I took pictures, but haven't downloaded them yet. Maybe I'll get around to it next week.



Can I get you anything?

Tonight, while Jarrad and I were watching the Big 12 Championship game, Dixie climbed up into Meg's recliner. She was trying to sleep while sitting up in the chair, so I reclined it for her. She hasn't moved a muscle. Guess she's comfy.

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