Sorry this blog post is so late. I realize I have not even put their Halloween pictures up, but I promise I will try to get a “look back at 2011” post up very soon. Maybe this weekend. Life at the Harris House has been extremely busy!! Last weekend, I never stopped going, it was one thing after another. Thankfully I did squeeze a date night in with my handsome fireman husband. J
So, let’s look back at Christmas. Things went by so quickly it is almost a blurr. Thank goodness for pictures. A mommy is so busy at Christmas that it is very important that you have those pictures so you can look back on your holiday and remember what happened.
The weekend after Thanksgiving the kids helped us decorate the tree. Every year they each get to pick out their own ornament at Hallmark. This year, Sebastian picked out a ‘Mater’ Disney Cars ornament. His birthday party this year was a Cars theme. Alanna picked out a Barbie ornament, which was perfect for her. Alanna has really gotten interested in Barbies and anything dress up. She is a girl in every way!!
Alan lifted them each up to put the star on top of the tree. This is one of my favorite parts of Christmas; decorating the tree is a wonderful family event.
In the advent calendar this year, Alan and I put slips of paper with fun family nights instead of candy every night. One night was looking at Christmas lights. Alanna and I had gone to the candy store earlier that day so we picked out a piece of candy for them each to eat while looking at Christmas lights. We went out to Deerfield in Plano and the Christmas lights were fantastic. Later that night, I decided that starting next year, we will have a stop at Starbucks before we look at lights so that mommy will have her coffee while enjoying the lights. Don’t you think that is a great new tradition!!
Our first party of the season was the Jones’ Christmas party. It is an annual party that we have with Alan’s grandfather’s side of the family. Alanna and Sebastian don’t know most of the family very well, just because we only see them once or twice a year. They had a really good time, though. They opened presents and Alanna even passed out some of the presents this year. Sebastian hammed it up and everyone just thought he was the cutest thing. He is such a performer when he wants to be.
The next party was the Harris/Jones/Lewis party held at our house this year. I love hosting parties and cooking dinners for people. I get that from my momma, I think.
Next stop, my home town: Paris, TX!! It was time for Christmas with my family. This is another of my favorite parts of the holiday. My family does Christmas BIG!! And I love it!! Momma (Nana) cooks a dinner, then we blow out the candles on the birthday cake for Jesus. Nana always lets the kids help decorate the cake too. Then we read the Christmas story out of Luke, Papa reads a Christmas story to his grandkids, we sing Christmas carols, then we open up our presents. No matter how old I get, I always get excited when Daddy gives me my card and present just from him. What can I say, I’ve always been a daddy’s girl and I always will be. Alanna is exactly the same J!!
On Christmas Eve, the four of us got dressed up and attended the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at church. I always love this, another one of my favorite parts of the season. What can I say? I really love Christmas time!!
That evening we had a nice little dinner at home and had our own family Christmas pajama party. We got our nativity scene out and acted out the Christmas story, then we opened our presents from each other. I got a new cast iron skillet, which I later used to make some awesome fried chicken. I also got a new Canon Rebel T3 camera!!! It takes the most awesome pictures!! The kids got too many things to list! The best present, I think, is what they bought each other. Alanna picked Sebastian out some trains and Sebastian bought Alanna a few new outfits for her Disney Princess dolls. I love that they want to buy each other things.
On Christmas morning, I woke up when I heard the kids in the living room. Santa had apparently been to the house that night and left more toys. I still haven’t found places to put all these presents that the kids got. I need to take a trip to IKEA to get some organizing bins and tubs. Anyway, Santa brought Alanna a set of all the Disney fairies and a Barbie doll that you can actually color and wash her hair. She came with a working sink. Sebastian got a wooden train track and a new set of Hot Wheels cars.
After a breakfast of orange sweet rolls, I got busy cooking my sweet potato casserole and an apple pie. Both requests from Alan. We headed up to have Christmas dinner at the fire station, since fireman don’t get to have holidays off. They have to fight fires while the rest of us celebrate. When we got there, Alan was, of course, out fighting a fire. The kids were very excited to see him come back. Thankfully the tones did not go off during our dinner and we got to spend it with Alan. After we ate, Alan took the kids out to see the fire engine and the ambulance. You would think as many times as they have seen it, it wouldn’t be amazing to them anymore. But it still is!!!
After a little while there, the firemen got another call for a house fire. So, off Alan went again. I’ve seen him bunk up and get on the engine before, but every time I see him drive away on that engine, my heart falls to my feet and I immediately begin praying. Even thinking of it now, my heart begins to hurt a little. I am so proud of what he does, though!!! I did get a good picture of him getting ready to fight the fire with my awesome new camera.