Emma Taylor was up at 7:15am and I let her wake Harrison up so they could check out what Santa brought. It didn't take much to wake Harrison up. Emma Taylor said, "Santa came!" and he shot up in his bed and hit the ground running!
Emma Taylor and her new American Girl, Samantha.
Harrison on his new scooter.
Christmas morning fun...
We played with the new toys for awhile and then headed to Granna and Papa D's house for our traditional PJ brunch!
We had a busy Christmas Eve! We started our day with brunch at Aunt Bonnie and Uncle Harold's house (of course, I forgot my camera!). Bonnie makes THE BEST white sausage gravy! She had every breakfast food you could imagine and lots of wonderful treats too. She always has a special table set for the kids...complete with cupcakes and cookies from Creative Cakes! All four of the kids were in heaven!
On Christmas Eve Granna and Papa D came over for dinner. Emma Taylor wanted it to be fancy, so she decided to make place cards!
Here's my crafty girl!
After dinner we made reindeer food...yummy oatmeal with red and green sparkly sugar. The reindeer can see the sparkles so they'll know to stop by our house for a bite!
It was raining outside so the kids just poured their food off the porch.
Posing with Granna and Papa D
We left treats for Santa, hopped in our PJs and hoped Santa would make his way to our house!
The kids have been asking to decorate their gingerbread house since they got out of school last week. Well they were finally able to tackle the task last night. They had a good time, but I think they enjoyed eating the candy and licking the icing more than the actual decorating!
We had our family Christmas at Granna and Papa D's house yesterday. The six of us were there and Ben's family was there too, so we had a full house! We had a really good time and thankfully mom took some pictures!
Lee and I took the kids to Calera, AL last night to take a ride on the Polar Express. The kids have been excited about this trip for weeks and it was well worth the wait. Here they are getting ready to board the train in their matching PJs.
The conductor punched our tickets and we hopped on the train! We rode on the Frisco Coach, which was built in 1910. It was really old, but newly upholstered and decorated beautifully for Christmas.
with the conductor
a few family shots...
The ride started with a reading of the Polar Express. We brought our own copy of the book so we could follow along. Not long after we finished the book we ended up at the North Pole where Santa Claus and his elves came on board to greet us.
The kids LOVED visiting with Santa and Mrs. Claus!
While we were stopped they played Christmas music and we sang Christmas carols. The kids even danced!
Finally the part the kids had all been waiting for....the cookies and chocolate milk! Lee and I had to admit, those cookies were pretty yummy!
Before we all got off the train, we all received our silver bells....just like the boy in the book.
The kids loved every minute of their trip on the Polar Express. I'm so glad we were able to make it to the North Pole this Christmas!
I made this casserole at Thanksgiving and it went over pretty well with the family. Karen asked for the recipe so I thought I'd post it. It's a rich and creamy casserole and is SUPER easy to make!
Shoe-peg Corn Casserole
2 cans shoe-peg corn (drained)
1/2 pint whipping cream
3 tablespoons flour
1/2 stick butter
Melt butter (in the microwave) in a large bowl and whisk in flour and whipping cream. Add corn and mix well. Pour into a casserole dish and bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes. Can't get much easier than this!
I found out yesterday that my dad reads my blog (i know, i was surprised too!) and was disappointed that I hadn't posted anything new lately. I have pictures to be uploaded, but just haven't had a chance to do it this week. Hey Dad, I hope to get caught back up this weekend so check back soon! :)
the wonderful Wizard of Oz! That's what Emma Taylor has been singing for days - she's been so excited!
Mom and I took Emma Taylor to see the Wizard of Oz performance tonight and she loved it! She'd seen the movie before so she knew the story was good, but she said she liked it much better in COLOR!
The show didn't start until 7:30pm, which is just 15 minutes before Emma Taylor's regular bedtime, so I was afraid she'd sleep through most of it. Thankfully she made it until about 9pm before she gave it up for a nap. Mom and I were able to stay awake for the whole show...we LOVED it!