Monday, January 1, 2018


We had a great Christmas!  We were so busy and excited that I ended up taking very few photos.  Of course Santa Claus came and the girls were pretty excited!  He did a pretty good job this year getting a couple of really great gifts and that's about it.  

The biggest hits were a sewing machine for Kayley and an Easy Bake Oven for Maggie.  

These have already seen a lot of use and we've eaten many easy bake oven treats and have been impressed over the doll clothes made by Kayley.  
It was a wonderful Christmas and we are looking forward to another great year!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Christmas Eve 2017

We were so excited this year to get a smidgen of snow right before Christmas Eve.   
It really made it feel a lot more like Christmas time!

For Christmas Eve the girls usually get 2 gifts.  

First a shared one: 

Which is generally a game to while away the long night-before-Christmas hours.  
This year I picked out Pie Face!  

Needless to say it was a "hit."  LOL!  

Then the girls get an individual gift... 

Of course they get PJs.
Can't have them looking like hooligans on Christmas morning in old, holey PJs.

They are hard to see but I thought they were so cute!
Maggie's says "Eat Cake for Breakfast."
Kayley's says "Don't Wake Me if School is Cancelled."
So perfect for each of them! 

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

December Oh December!

December is just flying by so fast!
Here are a few pictures from our month!

We visited Mammoth Springs, AK on our way back from Florida.

The girls also received Lego Advent Calendars.  
This is kind of a big deal.  I don't know why we haven't done this before?
The girls have loved this gift that has kept on giving! 

We finally got our Christmas tree up.
The girls enjoyed doing the majority of the decorating all by themselves.

Somehow they convinced me into letting them go for a swim in my jetted tub.  It involved lots of bubbles, sloshed water and giggling. 

Who knew that so many toys and hair care products were needed for one session of jetted bathtub swimming?

We enjoyed our opportunity to Light The World again this year when we volunteered as bell ringers for the Salvation Army!  It was cold, but fun! 

How did those magnetic toys get up there anyway? 

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Disney Cruise 2017

We also spent 3 nights and 4 days on the Disney Dream!  Cruising is a lot of fun and Disney really does it right.  

Our stateroom:

Ahhhh..  the desserts were so scrumptious.

We participated in an ornament exchange on this cruise and my mom made this great "fish extender" for receiving gifts.  It was a blast and we got some amazing ornaments!

The cast members created some fantastic towel origami each night!

Kayley's bed dropped from the ceiling.  It was really neat!

A lighthouse in Nassau.

We were in port alone side several other cruise lines...

We met Stitch on Pirate Night!

At Castaway Cay James and Kayley enjoyed snorkeling with sting rays.
The water was a bit cold.

Sand castles...

We enjoyed biking the trails on Castaway.

We also went on a Glass-bottomed boat excursion. 

We admit the food was Ah-Mazing...  Really. 
Kayley is eating lamb chops.  We tried escargot.

Chateaubriand...  YUM!


We had a great time "Pin Trading with the Officers."

We love cruising with Disney and highly recommend it!  

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