Saturday, December 31, 2011

Welcome Cousin Shelby!

My sister welcomed another baby girl into our family on December 27, 2011.  Shelby Keelyn Lopez made her arrival at 2:54PM weiging 6lbs. 7oz. and measuring 17.5 inches long.  She was so beautiful!  I am so blessed that I was able to be there for the arrival and able to spend precious time with my sister and family. 

Christmas 2011 (Lots of Pictures!)

Christmas was spent with the Tuley Family in Atlanta this year.  It was a memorable one!  What we enjoyed most this year was getting to enjoy the reactions Jacob had to the gifts from Santa.  What fun! 

The Tuley Family (minus Biggie)

Watching the train go around the tree and the presents!

Opening one of his "Days of Christmas" presents.  This one was a Buzz and Woody ornament for the tree.


Uncle Buh took Daddy and Jacob to a train museum!  How fun!

What do I do to make it go?

 Christmas Eve...
We had a brunch at J.Christopher's, took family pictures, discovered Jacob's park, and made a Gingerbread House....

GiGi was there too!

Opening another "Days of Christmas" present.  Coordinating Peanuts characters playing Christmas music.  One of the "hits" of Christmas.

Christmas Eve brunch at J. Christopher's.  Jacob is sorting all the jellies.  Ha!

Running with Agga down the ramp!

The little bench! 

After brunch, Santa came to check on the quality of "Jacob's park..."

This is Jacob yelling, "It's Santa" as he watches from the deck...

Jacob's park

So precious!

Ready to go down the slide!

Running along the wobbly bridge...

Swinging with Uncle Buh and learning to pump his legs!

Christmas Eve...making a Gingerbread House.  Jacob is hard at work.  Ha!

Opening and closing the door...

You always have to eat some of the candy...

Jacob decided to put the candy IN the house instead of ON the house.  It was pretty funny!

Then...the inside of the house began to cave in...  We were all very sad.

But, we made a tree and that made it all better!

Jacob and Agga with the finished product.  A beautiful cookie tree and a non earthquake proof Gingerbread House!  :)  It was just perfect!
 Christmas Morning... 

Jacob woke up and was made to wait at the top of the stairs until all was ready.  As he walked into the living room, he discovered that Santa had brought him JUST what he asked for...a ROBOT and a CANDY CANE.  His reaction was about what we expected; calm, collected, and observant.  But once he realized his robot was able to be played with, it was all smiles!

Since Uncle Biggie was coming in later that day, we decided to Face Time with him so he could be there with us on Christmas morning.  Here's Jacob showing Uncle Biggie his robot.

Jacob opened the Airplane from Uncle Biggie.

We got ready and went to church on Christmas morning, then opened some more gifts later in the day.  Here's Jacob and Mommy reading his new Biscuit books.

Opening presents...

Chappy, being silly! 

When Biggie arrived we opened the rest of the presents and enjoyed our toys!

A great picture of Agga, Biggie, and Misty.

GiGi and Aunt Vonnie

Uncle Buh and Aunt Jenny

We even had a giant fish swimming around the living room!  Ha!

We are always mindful of the gift God gave us in Jacob, but we are especially mindful in this season of the gift God gave us through Jesus Christ. It is a season of giving, remembering, and sharing. We praise God for allowing us to be Jacob's parents and that we can raise him to know that God that saved him in the beginning of his life, and saves us all through Jesus.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Festival

A couple of Sunday's ago we had a Family Christmas Festival at our church.  It was great!  Jacob got to make a couple of Christmas ornaments, decorate cookies, make a gingerbread house, and even got to meet Santa!  Jacob has been talking about Santa alot more this year, than lastyear, so off we went...

Making an ornament...he's so grown up!

Decorating cookies...

Gingerbread house making...

All done...and not looking at the camera!

...and of course a visit with Santa.  I love this sweet picture!  He's looking so dapper in his sweater vest and bowtie!  And, yes, he did tell Santa what he wanted for Christmas...he wants a ....oh, you'll have to wait until Christmas to find out!  Ha!
Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Decorating for Christmas

One of my favorite things to do at Christmas is put up decorations!  This year Jacob has really started to "understand" Christmas and notice all the lights, ornaments, and espeically Santa.  ;)

What a precious smile while hanging ornaments!

Daddy made homemade hot chocolate for us to have a decorating break.  It was yummy!

Of course we have MORE than one tree in the house!!!!
This is the real tree after it's all decorated!  Yay!

Our stockings are hung by the chimney with care, LOTS of it!  I finally made our stockings!  I've had the material and supplies for over 2 years but just got around to putting them together.  I'm pretty proud of how they turned out.  I was able to embroider our names and also the snowflakes on mine, the stars on Jacob's, and the decorations on Jeff's.

We finished the tree in the evening, so the next day it was time to put the lights on the house!  Jacob wanted to help Daddy with the lights.  Mostly he just wanted to be on the ladder.  :)

Jacob was checking all the sticks in the yard while we were putting lights on the house.

This is what Jacob's hair looked like when I pulled the hat off!  Ha!

More sticks!

Once it was dark I grabbed a picture of our lights!  So pretty!

 Merry Christmas!!