Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Very Merry Indeed, Part Two

Our church doesn't do a Christmas Eve service, so we went to the Grinch performance at the Cathedral of Praise and we were all blown away at how amazing it was!
 
Our whole motely crew: Mom, Dad to the left, my sister & her husband & his father to the right.

 
There is nothing more awesome than singing joyful Christmas carols about Jesus' birth & seeing the whole church light up by candle light. Every year at the Christmas Eve service I tear up like 20 times. I'm such a Christmas SAP!

 
My & my fav six year old boo. The kids looked so cute all dressed up and I didn't get one pic of the three of them! The moment we got home we threw on our PJs so fast heads were spinning. Then I thought. Well, Darn! No Pic. Oh well. Here's Quinn in his cute bowtie.

 
Rebecca, Will, Giovanni (the dog) and the kids.

 
Our most awesome neighbor Thomas came to my parents house for Christmas Eve fun!

 
Pretty Mama!

 
Since we didn't have carrots, Guillermo told the kids that reindeer also love collards. Those southern reindeer from Pelion! ;)

 
Santa put the kids loot on the coffee table, they were SO excited!!

 
My favorite gift to give Vivi was this amazing doll house I had found at a garage sale back in the fall. It was the best deal, BUT there is just something AMAZING about a old school wooden dollhouse. My personal fav is the toilet, every dollhouse need a toilet  - right? ;)


 
Christmas was exactly what I hoped for Viviana. A very FROZEN Christmas. Santa brought her glitter light up Frozen shoes, Frozen slippers, just like she asked but she got a ton of other cute Frozen stuff from us & family. She was in Heaven!


 
Quinn was estatic about his ambulance set that he talked about for many months!

 
Judah loved his big lego set from Santa!

 
When Judah wanted to ask Santa for an iPod, mama quickly sent Santa a letter requesting cd players for the boys.  We don't want to worry about the hassle up uploading songs and keeping up with iTunes, etc and I thought they'd have fun owning a cd book, like we used to... but lo and behold. Those elves must've fallen down on the job because neither of those darn cd players work! Can you believe it?! Lol. I hope Santa does exchanges!

 
Judah's favorite gift his Nike hightops.. now he can sing "Js on my feet" and mean it!

 
Quinn's favorite gift (tear, you know your kids are getting big when the fav gift is not toys)...

 
Rebecca's gorgeous Christmas wrap. I'm doing good if all of my gifts ARE wrapped!

 






 
Quinn & Judah can become the next Billy Joel!



 
Dad and two of his girls. We were SO SAD that Julie & Fam couldn't be with us this year! This is the first year since the kids were born that they couldn't be here. They moved to Miami two weeks before Christmas and it was just too much traveling. Tear.




 
It's always a great time and we hate saying goodbye!!

 
Because apparently we didn't get enough to eat in the 1,245 lbs of food during the week of Christmas, we couldn't finish our Christmas holiday without making Christmas cookies... right?

 
Happy birthday Jesus (& Ivan *Smile*), I hope everyone's holidays were MAGIC & filled with joy & peace!
 

Monday, December 29, 2014

Very Merry Indeed, part one

December is a big month of celebration in our house.  First we get to celebrate this guy- turning 6!!!
 
How is it possible that I have been blessed for 6 wild years with this little firecracker? He just blesses our family so much. He is SO FUNNY. He's SO relational.  He's so sensitive and so complimentary. He says the craziest things. I wish I had written a book with all the crazy things he says. Everyone who meets him immediately loves him because he's so charismatic. And he's super dramatic too. He cries many times a day, mostly because he gets legitimately hurt. He's just like Guillermo was as a kid! And I love that about him.
 
 
Quinn is obsessed with Crash & Bernstein the show & when Abuela & Abuelo got him his very own puppet he FREAKED out!  

 
This year for Quinn's birthday we didn't want to do a party since most kids we invite can't come in December, so this year we did a low key dinner after school & work and we're taking him to a hotel in Charlotte for his real birthday weekend next weekend!
 
The b-ball continues, even the week of Christmas! Vivi SO badly wants to be out on the gym floor! Lol.

 
We celebrated 9 years of marriage the day after Quinn's birthday (12.16.14) and it has been an incredible 9 years. As excited as I was in this picture, I'm still equally excited to be married to Guillermo.  He's just the best person I know, in every way.  Even all this time later, I am still blow n away with how blessed I am to be with such a GOOD person, in a world where people are so CRAZY and selfish- Guillermo is so unselfish and so, so kind and loving. I am so, so grateful for him, I love him so!


 
I had to post this picture from my work Christmas party, love my coworker's expression here. He can't handle the gangsta ways!
 
Last year we started our annual Grinch Party (where we eat green foods & watch the Grinch) and this year we made it our gingerbread house making/annual Grinch party with Uncle James!


 
Not an actual homemade gingerbread house, but I LOVE gingerbread house d├ęcor and wanted to post a picture of my fake house. :)

 
.....and a cute picture of one of the favors Quinn got from a classmate (the mini mason jar with Christmas tree)



 
Gotta love those all natural organic chips (hahaha).....

 
And can never forget the grinchy punch!

 
The phenomenal house in front if James' (of course), the gingerbread outhouse is Quinns (back right) and the other cottage house is Viv's & Judah's!
 
Since we had our wedding reception at the James Island County Park it's our special trek each year to go visit! 

 
This is the hall where we had our reception!
 
We went to the lights bright & early to avoid traffic, we even went in the drizzle. Best time ever, no waiting in traffic, got to ride the train for the first time.... definitely hitting up the lights on a weekday every year from now on!

 
Some of my favorite lights... the new bridge....

 
.....the old bridge....

 
the love birds.....

 
the UNICORN. Lol

 
My favorite lights, the gingerbread house.

 
and THIS TREE!

 
The 2014 edition of this family photo! Not sure why it looks like I am holding a glowing orb.... maybe a rain drop? Apparently my running fleece glows too! That's not a glow in the dark neck tie! :)
 
Previous years in front of the same trees.....
 
Quinn was about a week old here.....

 
1 year old Quinn & 3 year old Judah....

 
and they grow & grow as the length of G's facial hair shrinks....

 
Baby girl's first Christmas....

 
And last year when the person couldn't use my camera right. Bur Burr....

 
My favorite snow bunnies!



 
It's the countdown to 2015! YAY....
 
And more Christmas pics to come!!