Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas 2011

This year, Christmas was spread out among 4 different cities in Arkansas, and boy was it all a blast. I'm feeling beyond thankful and blessed....not only for all the awesome new toys Lyla has to play with, but most importantly for the fact that Jesus came to this earth to save us from our sins! I'm so thankful!! 

We began our celebrating on Friday morning in Fayetteville. Santa heard that we'd be traveling to Southeast Arkansas, so he came to our house early! For the past month, every time we asked Lyla what she wanted Santa to bring her, she'd say "chicken nuggets" and then eventually added on "chocolate milk". So, Friday morning Santa must have run through Chickfila on his way to our house because look at what he left for Lyla...

 of course, it was the first thing she went for (who needs presents when you have chickfila nuggets and chocolate milk?!?) 
 So we instantly sat down to enjoy it, and thank Jesus for it. :)
 Then, we proceeded to open presents. We opened the ones from each other, and the ones Papo and Cookie sent in the mail. 
 Playing with her new leapfrog laptop.
 John David got me some much needed snow boots! I've never had anything to wear in the snow, and these are not only practical but cute! Lyla wanted to pose as we both wore our new snow boots. :) We are ready for the snow now! (plus, she got a sled from Jan Jan and Pop so we are really ready!)
 Loving on her new baby doll from Cookie and Papo
 These sights make me so excited to see her as a big sister!

After we finished our little family Christmas, we loaded up and headed to Warren to have dinner at John and Laura's with the fam.
 As you can see, these 3 had so much fun together!



 Saturday morning, we woke up and spent a low-key morning in Warren (can you tell these 3 were still waking up?)  :) Then, we headed to Monticello to spend the day feasting and opening gifts at Joe and Julie's...
 Maggie got a new Cadillac!
 Lyla got a new Plasmacar!
 And John Morris got a Smart Trike!
 The delicious Christmas Eve spread!
 The annual pic of all the boys crashed out after yummy food and football on TV...I love that even John Morris is asleep on Cody's chest. :)
 After some good naps, the opening of the presents continued!




 This was Lyla's big gift this year...an American girl doll, "Bitty Baby" with every accessory you can think of! She's going to be well prepared to help take care of her baby sister!



 Jan Jan and Pop opening their gift from Lyla...an iPhoto book from the past year.

 The cute Deal family!
 And, yes, he is ALWAYS smiling! Happiest baby I have ever been around, hands down.
such. a. love.
 the rowdy boys

 This pic pretty much summarizes the day. HA! 




 She was SO excited to open Bitty Baby's crib!
 diaper bag...check!
 carseat...check!
Ready to head to Dumas! :)

We did drive to Dumas that evening, spent the night with Mama Sue and Big Daddy, and then woke up Christmas morning to spend the day with John David's Dad's side of the family. 
 Lyla woke up to receive a tricycle from Pappy!! Score!
 And we finally got to meet precious baby Blagg!!

 Isaiah was so sweet with Lyla, and showed her all the cool games on his Mama's phone. They were the cutest little buddies all day.

Isaiah even gave Lyla a Princess guitar!! I mean, two of her favorite things...music and princesses. 
Rock on!

 As you can see, we had a FULL and blessed weekend!!! SO thankful for our amazing families! 
Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas as well!
"For unto us a Savior has been born!"

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