|Livi and her teacher Mrs. Allen|
|Livs Rudolph hair!|
|Trey had to have a pic with all of his buddies!|
Christmas the last two years has definatley been a new experience for our little family. We are so used to being surrounded by everyone and it has taken some getting used to being way out here in Ohio. But we have created new traditions and of course kept our favorite old traditions! The kids had a blast last week with their school class parties! Livia is absolutely in love with her teachers this year and I am pretty sure that the feeling is mutual! And Trey, he is doing amazing at school and loves his teacher also! As soon as I get my computer back, the next post will be ones about each of the kiddos…a little about what is going on with each of them! Anyway, Trey and Livia had a Christmas singing program! Livia wanted to wear her new Christmas dress! The little girls saw sister getting all dressed up and they wanted to wear their new dresses too! The program was adorable! Trey and Liv have had a blast working on their songs and they loved being able to perform them! The little girls…lets just say that they were a hit! They got stopped about 7 times so that people could look at their dresses! They acted shy, but I think that they felt like little princesses! Their parties were pretty laid back and just a fun time to wish everyone Merry Christmas and eat LOTS of food! We gave their teachers this year a really cute reusable mason jar cup with a red and white straw filled with yummy cookies and hot cocoa mix. And then I rolled up socks from Tads work (they are heaven and will heat you through to the core in like five minutes!) and hooked them on top! It wasn't a lot but they turned out really cute and I think that they liked them!
|at the Christmas program!|
The couple of weeks leading up to Christmas have been filled with parties! Tads company has a huge Christmas party down in Athens at the University. There is a great dinner, dancing and awards! This was the first night that we left Aurianna for a real babysitting job! She did great! We had a fun night visiting with all of our work friends! Then came the Ward Christmas party! The ladies in charge did an AMAZING job! They completely transformed the gym and it was really a beautiful night! Tads work also has a children's Christmas Party! The kids had a blast last year so they were really excited this year! They got a bag full of fun goodies (a new sled, books and coloring stuff!). Then there was a balloon animal person and a full magic act! It was a fun morning!
|The three older kids were included in the magic show!|
Christmas Day was truly magical! Santa usually puts together all of the toys that need to be put together and then each child has an area where all of their other goodies are laid out. It is fun, but everyone is freaking out at their stuff and Tad and I are trying to whip our heads around in five different directions to see their expressions…it is a little chaotic and is over in a flash. So this year Santa wrapped EVERYTHING! We went in order and watched everyone unwrap each of their gifts! It was awesome! It took forever which was also awesome! I loved it! When we first sat down in front of the tree, the first thing that the older kids asked was if they could open up the gifts that they got for each other. It was really cute. Aurianna also made gifts for each one of us. She made homemade envelopes with coupons inside! They were adorable! Oh, I forgot…Liv and Trey were up at 4:45. I sent them back to bed until 6…I think that they recruited Ainslee at about 5:30…and they never did go back to bed. They just went in their rooms and talked about Christmas and how excited they were! Oh, to be a kid again! Aurianna got a rip board (so did Trey and Liv), Disney Infinity for the Xbox, a ton of art stuff and a ton of Under Armour stuff. Trey got Skylanders swap force, this gigantic Trio castle, art stuff and a karaoke machine. Livia got a washi tape fashion design kit, a karaoke machine, a cake pop maker, art stuff and new kinect games. The little girls got a lot of the same things…in fact everything was bought in double . The klick clack princess castle, new scooters, doctor kits, baby strollers, beds and swings and new babies and art and play doh stuff! I think that Santa pretty much rocked it this year! The kids played while I made crepes and bacon and eggs (another tradition!). Breakfast was scarfed down so that they could Skype with Grandma and Grandpa Ashby! They opened up their presents from them (such a blessing to be able to do 1700 miles away!!!) and loved talking to them and sharing all their fun things! Tad and I were so excited for the next part of our day! We got to work transforming Treys room into a quiet Skype room for the missionaries to be able to talk to their families! One of the blessing from living here is that we have had a huge opportunity to work with the missionaries a lot! Since we have lived here, we have watched our area grow so much that it has gone from having just two sister Missionaries to now having two Sister Missionaries and four Elders! We love having them in our home and we were so excited when two of the Elders asked if they could talk to their families from our home on Christmas! They were so excited when they got here because it is the first time that they have been allowed to Skype! They were up there for a little over an hour, but they were all business when they came downstairs…straight back to work having to go to the church to fill up the baptismal font for a baptism later that day!!! The kids spent the rest of the day playing and then sky ping! We skyped with their twin cousins and uncle and aunts from my side! They had a blast (or I should say I had a blast!!!) trying to make them smile! I just want to reach through the screen and squeeze them! Then they opened up their presents with Grandma and Grandpa Tatum on Skype! Then they talked to Granpa Thornton! Wow What a day!!!! We had so much fun talking to everyone and playing! When we finally got everyone to bed, the house looked like a bomb had gone off…but I was too numb too care!
We had a great day after Christmas clean up day today! The kids cleaned their rooms spot less and then we cleaned up from yesterday! It all happened right in time because Audreys cold turned into both eyes turning bright red and her crying that her ear hurt. As I was getting her ready to head to urgent care, Ainslee said that she wanted to come with us so that she could take care of her little sissy. They really are so close it is crazy sometimes! The urgent care was crazy busy, Audrey fell asleep in my arms, and Ainslee colored while we waited. The kind nurse moved us up to the front of the line so we didn't have to wait too terribly long. She has a middle ear infection and pink eye. He also told me that it would go through all of my kids and that of course I had to bring them each back in. We are all washing our hands like mad and I am bleaching everything. It will probably happen any way…but it is worth a try.
What an amazing few days! Such wonderful memories made and just some wonderful family time! I am so blessed to be surrounded by such incredible people! Thank you for making our holidays so
|Auriannas homemade letters!|
|Sunday before Christmas|
|Tads gift from Aaron!|
|Skyping with Grandma and Grandpa!|
|Skyping with cousins and everyone!|
|Cutest Nephew ever!!! And she is just a doll baby! Ohh how I can't wait for July!!!|
|Yucky ear infection…not a good day after christmas feeling.|
sorry that all the pictures were at the end. It is way too late (early) and I am struggling getting them in the right spot…besides this post is forever long, so if you made it this far…bravo!!!!