Monday, January 6, 2014


Here are some of my favorite images from the weeks leading up to Christmas: 

We did an Advent calendar for the first time this year. Matthew's family did one when he was growing up so he wanted to continue the tradition. Will could not wait to open his box each day. 

His present was hidden in the bathroom!

We also have another tradition where we paint our children's hands and feet and make something out of their handprints and footprints. This year, we made an angel for Will. His footprint was the body and his handprints were the wings. I have a photo album where I store all of these prints so we can look back at them. 

Dylan Kile's girlfriend, Jolyn, bought Will a Thomas tent and book. He's in love!

Will's Bible class teachers, Dana Gardner and Mindy Tyndall, gave all of their students a cute picture frame with their photo in it and a book about the story of Jesus' birth. 

So excited to break out the Christmas dresses the Sunday after Thanksgiving! 

Reese and I went a few days early so that I could go to Andrea's bachelorette party. We stayed at my parent's house for a few days and then moved over to the Morgans for Christmas when Matthew and Will came into town. The day after Christmas, we moved back over to my parent's house to celebrate Christmas with them and to help with all of the wedding festivities. 

Will got lots of new Thomas toys...

...and puzzles. 

Henry and Will were very interested in each other's toys.

They love to wrestle. 

Waiting at the top of the stairs until all of the adults were ready....

...and then racing down to see what Santa had brought for them.

We started a new tradition this year where each of our children received a new pair of pajamas on Christmas eve. 

An awesome Thomas backpack that Matthew found at Goodwill. 

Baby Sawyer and Reese

They did everything together. 

Pa (Bill Kirkpatrick) and Reese

Uncle Christopher and Possum with all of the grandchildren.

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