Friday, December 27, 2013

Christmas Advent, The Trav Tree, Christmas

I'll start with the rest of our activity advent-
Dinner by the fire at Kneaders....
Followed by Juanito Bandito.
Good job Pickleville!
Ice-cream cone Christmas trees.

How beautiful (and old!) does she look?
Breaking my heart daily.

Decorating the Trav Trees.
I don't want to take these down!

Inside the glass ornaments are green settlers pieces,
because they were his color ever game.
An ornament from a friend.
Lots of aggie blue, orange fighting ornaments, and green (his favorite color)
and an Aggie flag!
Aggie golf balls, and a Masters ball.
Photos everywhere.
By far, my favorite Christmas decoration!
(someone added this to our tree...isn't it sweet?)
Gifts to Jesus
Frosting cookies.
(Not part of the advent, but must be included)
My sweet friend Kristin is moving for 6 we had a fun little going away party.
I love these girls. Some of my dearest, dearest friends.

Helping during the Christmas party in Roo's class.
I love being her mom!

 Our family was very fortunate this year to be the recipients of 3 12 days of Christmas!
I was reluctant to post much about them because I didn't want the people doing them 
to feel  like it wasn't special because others were doing it....
but it was so special, and so different.
One did a very non-traditional 12 days.
Very lovely, very thoughtful, very generous gifts that just made us smile.
They sent us food and fun activities and beautiful books and music.
It was so lovely and thoughtful.
Another did a very traditional 12 days...
and we loved guessing at what would come next!
They were so creative!
3 french hens?
Frozen chicken cordon blue.
The dancing ladies...
these beautiful skirts for my girls!
This was so special for us.
Thank you, to whoever spent the time on us.
It was magical.
(There is a photo of the 3rd 12 days below).

Buying a gift for someone in need.

Our favorite Christmas party!
Early Christmas Eve at the Johnson house.
These cousins-they are the best of friends.
I love seeing them together.
We nailed the gingerbread houses this year.
Orange Travstrong lights.
sleepovers and home alone with friends.
Mrs. Clause clothes.
My favorite tradition.
We celebrated Christmas Eve at the Kidmans this year.
No words can say how much we missed our Travis.
The kids had a blast.
Here's our 3rd 12 days...
It was a wooden nativity that we unwrapped a piece to each day.
There was a beautiful message that came with each piece and it made us truly 
think about the real reason for the season each day.
I loved it so much!
After watching a Christmas movie,
we opened our usual pjs...

And they were off to bed.
This was hard.
I will write more about how I truly felt about Christmas on the cancer blog...
but I will mostly say this,
it was much harder then I anticipated.
And I feel a bit like I've been run over.
And yes,
Santa came.
The best part of Christmas was that I had a few things that T and I picked out together.
We bought these roll top desks and had them refinished, and we shopped together for the
cute blingy accessories.
It really helped make their day.
And the desks are sooo cute!

Each year they come to the top step and see if Santa came..
he lets them know by leaving slippers and candy on the top step.
They wait patiently (not really patiently), till I check to make sure things are ready
They were excited!
Santa brought what they wanted... and a lot more.
This year they got a little spoiled.
Apparently I grief shopped...
But they were grateful and too happy to realize how hard it could have been,
so I'm ok with it.
(Ps-Santa brought giant hershey kisses!)

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