I can't believe it's taken me this long to post our Christmas pictures, but I got a new camera for Christmas and didn't have the appropriate cable to get pictures from the camera to my computer... please forgive me. I know you've all been waiting and checking back to see the girl's in their Christmas dresses. But, hopefully, it was worth the wait.

Christmas with the Poes

We celebrated with my parents and brother on Dec. 22 at my parent's house. It was a great time. Jillian was the only one interested in helping open the gifts, but Lauren was happy to play with whatever we discovered beneath the paper.

They got a new play kitchen and lots of kitchen accessories. I'd say that was the favorite gift for both of them this year. Unfortunately, because we're trying to sell our house, we had to leave it there until we get a new house. And I can't wait to have it at home, because it literally entertains them for hours.

My mom made an incredible dinner and we ended it with a yummy dessert, made famous by a great St. Joe restaurant (Galvin's), called Baked Fudge. Eat it warm with vanilla ice cream and you'll pretty much think you've died and gone to heaven. I imagine God will have a fresh batch baking in my oven in the mansion he's built just for me, when I cross into the pearly gates!

Christmas with the Kellers

On Christmas Eve, we continued our wonderful tradition of attending services at Northview and then going to the Keller's house for dinner and gifts.

We feasted on crab legs and all the fixin's and then opened lots of gifts. The girl's favorite gift (and mine, too), was a two-seater wagon! We will use that SO much once the weather gets warm. Again, we had to leave it at their house, until we get into a new house, big enough to hold all this gear.

I got some shots of the girls in their super cute dresses, before we put them in their PJs. I was a proud mommy. I just can't believe how pretty my girls are. It's a biased statement. But, my heart was in my throat when I got them dressed and their hair done, before church.

Christmas Day

Christmas Day was busy. The morning was relaxing - Andy's parents came over and I made homemade cinnamon rolls (a whole breakfast spread was on the menu, but I was sick in the night (baby didn't like the crab legs, I guess), so needless to say, I wasn't feeling up to making a huge meal) for breakfast.

We got a few small gifts for the girls and they opened them after we ate. Andy got me a new digital camera! Hooray! One that doesn't delay for 5 seconds when you try to take the picture and then miss the moment altogether.

Later that afternoon, we packed up and flew to Kansas City to spend the rest of the week with my grandparent's and the rest of my dad's family.

We had a nice time, but I'm embarrassed to say I didn't snap one picture the entire time. I blame it on my pregnancy - my brain simply doesn't function at capacity these days.

During our stay, we did a lot of visiting, ate out a couple times, went to the Kansas City dinner theatre (rated one of the best in the country) and I got to have lunch with my best bud, Cassie.

Flying is not my favorite thing to do with the girls - in fact, I'd probably say it's my least favorite thing. And since we've flown them four times in the past six months, I've certainly had my fill of being the mom on the plane that everyone despises (Andy's has had his fill, too)(And he gets the "Dad of the Year" award for all he endures right alongside me).

But, I have to mention that Southwest Airlines was BY FAR our favorite airline to fly with kids. They were SO accommodating and went out of their way to offer solutions that would make our experience more enjoyable (which was appreciated much more after the poor experience we had with American Airlines). Plus, it felt like their laid back style overall, just made everyone a lot more comfortable. I figure a plug for the airline to all my other mommy friends is the least I can do to show my appreciation!

So, Christmas was a success! We had a great time spending the season with all our family and friends. If I can get some pictures from my mom of our time in KC, I'll post those at a later time.

1 comment:

The Jason Pongratz Family said...

Love 'em!! Love 'em!! Love 'em!!! Especially, the sweet kiss from Sophie to her Uncle Andy...she LOVED this picture!! She like the picture in Uncle Andy's new sweater from us too!!