Santa's Lap

We took the girls to see Santa this afternoon. It was nice not to have to fight the crowds, wait in a long line and it also allowed the girls to kinda roam around and play as they wanted. Natalie LOVED shooting at the targets. Harper kept staring at the caribou like it was alive or something. All was good and well until I pulled a clinging Harper from my arms and placed her in Santa's lap. All hell broke loose and the screaming began. I did warn the lady taking the picture though. She was all to happy to take her candy cane and wave by to him. Natalie did excellent. She smiled so pretty, talked to him and told him everything she wanted. 

Oh and if PaPaw reads this Natalie wants a pink fishing pole for her birthday. We almost didn't make it out of the store without one. 

Santa 2013 (sorry it's blurry, it's a picture of a picture).


St Paul Christmas Play

Natalie had her last Christmas play at St Paul this morning. She had to memorize a speaking part. Even though she said it really well at home, she needed some help on stage. The 2 year olds were crying and I think she got a little flustered but she finished it and we couldn't be prouder.

Byron video tapped the whole thing, but it's much to big to upload, so you'll have to settle for a few pics.

Sebastian, the wiseman, and Natalie.

Nat, Kristen and Kate.
Leanna & Natalie

And finally! A family picture worth hanging on the wall. It's only taken a year and a half :)


Silly Girls

They got bored decorating, they had a dance party for about 5 minutes, then Natalie decided that she wanted their picture taken by the fireplace.

This is what followed....

Trimming the Tree(s)

I think the only reason Natalie didn't cry when everyone left Sunday was because I promised her we could start decorating for Christmas. And believe me, the first thing she said after her nap was, "let's go get my tree momma, you promised."

It's alot more interesting trying to decorate with Harper in the mix. Fun but difficult. She wanted to help naturally. However, her idea of helping is pulling the ornaments off the tree after Natalie has worked so hard to put them on!

One tree down, now for the big guy!

We only got about half way through the box before they got bored and had a dance party.


Ice Skating

There are just some things this Southerner girl shouldn't do. Ice skating should be added to that list. I had only done it once before and I didn't remember it being that hard, but then again, that was at least 10 years ago!

We honestly thought taking the girls to Christmas on Ice in Madison would be a good idea. Ummm yeah, not so much. It was fun once the skates came off and Nat and I were back on the astro-turf. Thank God Jason and Heather were with us or Natalie and I would probably still be trying to get around the rink. I totally busted my butt too. I was sore for two days. Maybe in a few years we will try again...maybe.

Getting used to their skates.

Jason, having played hockey, definitely had the advantage.
Harper had the right idea. Staying off the ice and just touching the skates. Even though there wasn't anything for Harper to "officially" do, she had a blast. She danced her little butt off and just walked around the whole time. She did fall and bust her lip once. One to many "ring-around-the-rosies" will do that to you, but that didn't slow her any.

They also had two huge ice slides. Despite the horrifying look on my face, it was really fun. Natalie and Kaitlyn could have stayed there all day and night.

A few attempted family pictures before we left.


Full House

This year Byron and I hosted Thanksgiving for his family down here in Mississippi. We had 6 adults, 4 GIRLS (5 and under) and 4 dogs! It was hectic but a lot of fun. Maybe it's the start of a new tradition? We ate a ton of food, did a little Black Friday shopping and even took the girls ice skating, more on that later.

Our little Indians doing some crafts while the food cooks. Don't worry, the 4th little Indian was just napping.

Harper ate her weight in food. I think she may have out eaten even Natalie. I think PaPaw cooked everything Natalie had on HER menu. The girls tried to sleep together the first night, but couldn't stop giggling. Nana always had someone in her lap and PaPaw was definitely Harper's favorite person to play with, even if he was under the weather.


Crafty! Crafty! Crafty!

I have found the best way to entertain Natalie on the weekends is to give the child a craft to do. She's not real picky so this weekend we made glitter ornaments. These are super easy and not as messy as one might believe. We bought a 12 pack of clear ornaments from Walmart, some all-purpose Mop&Glow and fine glitter is all you need (and a funnel will make things easier).

Pop the tops of the ornaments, swirl (don't shake) some M&G inside, drain, then funnel in the glitter (be generous) and let them shake the heck out of it. Please make sure your kids fingers are big enough to cover the hole though or you will end up with a hot glittery mess!

It's even more fun if you sing "Shake It, Shake It, Shake It" :) 

She was truly amazed that the glitter would stick and how pretty it was.

Of course we needed one to match her nails. And despite the look she is giving me she did enjoy herself. Once we put the tops back in she got to paint hers anyway she wanted.


This Little Piggy

Got her toes painted! Just like big sis. I'll admit, I was hesitant. Christmas red polish and a 16-month-old is not always the best idea. BUT she sat perfectly still in my lap the whole time. Watching her walk around with her head down to see them was hilarious too.


Painting Acorns

In typical Mississippi fashion, the weather has been like a yo-yo since "fall". One day we are bundling up with the heat on and the next day, we are at the park in t shirts and shorts picking acorns and playing on the slides.

The girls brought home acorns, leaves, pine straw and god knows what to paint that afternoon.