Tuesday, December 25, 2012

christmas morning

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darek and i decided to keep christmas pretty simple this year
we planned and budgeted and bought things slowly over a couple months leading up to christmas
however, in the end the "bought things slowly over a couple months" strategy resulted in
just kind of accidentally buying too much
we'll try a different strategy next year

in the meantime, it was a fun christmas morning for the kids

here's atticus' first view of the christmas loot from upstairs
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after which he promptly accused darek of giving the bikes
he happened upon darek getting the bikes ready in the garage the day before
when he was supposed to be napping - little sneak
there was no fooling him that santa had brought these!

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and actually i'm not ashamed to admit that we fully freecycled these puppies
they were hand-me-downs from keaton and carter (cousins) a few months ago
and have just been sitting in the garage awaiting training wheels

so we asked santa for two sets of training wheels and we were good to go

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beckett riding and honking

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beck also felt it wise to just cut to the chase when looking through his stocking stuffers
none of the taking one thing out to ooo and aaah over it like atticus did

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and both boys were beyond thrilled that santa had included an orange for them

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KG's stocking was stuffed with dollies

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that she stared at

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and snuggled

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the boys were introduced to beyblades a couple months ago when the dovers visited
and they haven't talked about anything else since then - so santa was sure to leave a few behind


atticus was thriiiiiiiiillllllled
and simply couldn't believe his eyes

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beck got bane to add to his batman obsession

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when really we could have just gotten him ten packs of gum
since that was pretty much the biggest hit of the day for him

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kennedy playing with the little ball-blowing elephant doo hickie which took some getting used to
when we first showed it to her and turned it on she trembled and shook in fear! poor baby!

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reading her new book with daddy

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and another one with mommy
this is kind of like the worst picture of me ever
but alas, it's the only one from all of the christmas festivities
and a rare shot of me and my girl
so it made the blog cut anyway
despite my horrendous roots

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tearing the last ring off his count down to christmas paper chain
since christmas day had finally arrived

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and it was legos legos legos everywhere
he deemed this tiny little lego set that we bought on a last minute whim
his very favorite christmas present
see? we could have kept it much more simple
duh.

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lately, kennedy is all about putting things inside of other things then clapping for herself
so she got one of those kind of doo hickies too

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santa thought that since bane was being added to the batman-mania this year
he'd bring all the batman stuff down from the playroom and leave it in the office so bane could get right to work reeking havoc in gotham city

we thought it would be beck setting up gotham city but we were wrong again

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after a few hours of playing with their loot we unveiled their final gift from santa
leap pads

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which were quite deserving of the happy dance they inspired

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getting right down to business

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serious business

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and this pretty much sums up the rest of the day...

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christmas was really sweet and magical this year
i tried hard to help the kids really learn and understand the true meaning of christmas
having them help me with secret santa gifts and telling them often the birth story of our savior
and hoping something would sink in

at one point on christmas morning atticus yelled out
"HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS!"
so i decided that was a pretty good start

hope you all had a happy and healthy christmas
and that you feel the love of our savior Jesus Christ everyday of the new year!
*merry*christmas*

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we love each of you and hope you all have a happy holiday!
love, the mccoys

Monday, December 24, 2012

'twas the night before christmas

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as usual - please ignore the poor lighting/editing
we're just rolling with it

our kids are at really fun ages for christmas this year
everything is exciting and magical

we kept everything mellow and low key
and yet the kids had the time of their lives

kennedy waiting for the christmas eve festivities to begin

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i wasn't up for making a huge turkey dinner this year so we had lasagna instead
a frozen lasagna, in fact - see? i wasn't kidding about the low key-ness

i did, however, make a cinnamon roll cake
which is basically heaven in cake form
you can copy cat the recipe HERE
you won't regret it

K spent the evening practicing her standing and walking

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and beck just basically shot everyone

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and of course wrestled kennedy every chance he got

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finally darek decided to even the playing field
and pinned beck down so kennedy could get her revenge

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on both big brothers

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then it was jammies and christmas tree time

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i tried to get cute smiley pictures

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but it was a little hit and miss

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so finally it was wrestling time
check out poor K

she's wondering when i'm going to come save her - tiny pouty lip
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this was about the moment i decided to intervene - just before the double legged headlock

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and a little tree un-decorating

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and naturally, when i tried to get a picture of kennedy, atticus came on over
which i admit, i totally love

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and i caught beck's luscious little lips
which are usually hiding between his teeth

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then the boys devised this game

stand on the ledge
big brother jumps
little brother thinks about it
finally little brother jumps

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until they were too tired to climb and jump anymore

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oh little beck

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KG in her christmas jammies

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and beck joining in

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then we unwrapped our christmas book for the year

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and had a little story time

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and finally shooed the kids to bed so santa could come do what he does

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i hope your christmas eve was
merry and bright