Sunday, January 1, 2012


 This has been such a fun Christmas season this year. The kids are really starting to understand Christmas and have loved looking at all the Christmas lights in our house and in the neighborhood. They love singing happy birthday to baby Jesus and every time we leave our house we have to drive by the nativity scene by our neighborhood pond to see baby Jesus. It's so awesome to teach them the true meaning of Christmas and to watch them get so excited about it! Carson continues to be terrified of Santa. Whenever we ask him if he wants to sit in Santa's lap or give Santa a hug, he says, "I just wave." Sweet boy!!

We really enjoyed every minute of our fun and very busy Christmas this year.
I had to work Christmas Eve, so Shane and the kids spent the day together and we all met up at my parent's house for their annual Christmas Eve party.
The kids loved their new pj's from KiKi!
Sweet girls!
Shane's mom and grandparents came in town Christmas Eve as well,
And despite his long day of flying and airport delays, grandpa was still up for our traditional Christmas Eve game of left, right, center! 
My favorite people!! Love spending Christmas Eve with such wonderful friends and family!!
Christmas morning was so fun this year! The kids were so excited to see their new toys sitting under the tree, and I think Carson was very relieved to see that Santa wasn't actually waiting for him in the living room :)
Mimi came over at 6:30 (Carson and Avery's normal wake up time) to watch them open presents and then they ended up sleeping in till 8:00 (Merry Christmas to me!!) Sorry MiMi, but thank you for coming so early to help them celebrate Christmas!
Nurse Avery

Carson and Avery's new suitcases from great grandma and great grandpa
Dress up shoes
Carson's new fire truck
After gifts we headed to church. Carson and Avery went to a birthday party for Jesus while we were in worship, it was so awesome to be able to go to church on Christmas day, what a great way to celebrate the birth of Christ!!
Shane and his mom,
Family picture at church
Sweet babies!
After church we went back over to MiMi and Papa's house to eat lunch and open yet some more gifts.

Carson was so excited about his new undies! (potty training is near)
Christmas night was very exciting because uncle Travis (Shane's brother), aunt JJ, and baby Barrett came into town. This was Carson and Avery's first time meeting their new cousin.
Avery was so excited!!
Grandma with her three great grandchildren.
This is the best shot we got of grandma and grandpa with their great grandchildren, my two were not cooperating.
The day after Christmas, Carson and Avery had a very special surprise waiting outside for them from Grand-D.
They were so excited about their new power wheels cars.

Avery wanted great grandma to ride in her car, so sweet.
Can you believe she is 80? What a fun, sweet, loving great grandma Carson and Avery have!
Travis, JJ, and Barrett
We spent the rest of Monday hanging out with Shane's family. His Uncle Jerry and cousin Catherine drove up from Houston to spend the day with us. 

Travis, Catherine, and Barrett
We had a yummy dinner followed by a competitive game of poker (a Daniels/Traub family favorite :)
We were so sad for everyone to leave, the kids especially miss baby Barrett, they've been talking about him all week.  
Christmas flew by this year and now it's time for the dreaded Christmas clean up.
Merry Christmas!!

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