Thursday, February 5, 2015

Christmas. WHAT?!

Sure, sure, we may be a quarter of the way to NEXT Christmas but i'm still living in the past.  At least until I feel like I've properly documented the lives of the kids for my last few missing months!  Here goes...

We had school Christmas Parties.  Why are school parties SUCH a big deal?  The kids live for these things.  They last like 30 minutes and the food is just meh!  But seriously, it's like the best party on earth to them!  It's cute. And I remember it too!
What I DON'T remember is my mom running back and forth between the two parties!  But I'm sure she did!  That's the night shift work that never gets fully appreciated until you become a parent!  So hopefully all they remember is "My mom was there!"

Lillian isn't just MY arm candy.  Jackson's classmates think she is "sooooo cute!" and he likes to show her off! Can you blame him?!

After school that day I took the kids to burn off some of that sugar   have some fun at the Children's Museum of the Woodlands.  We had only been a few times but it was fun for them to get to run around with their friends!  

Have you ever seen a cuter pole dancer fireman?!  Haha, He really can hold onto that pole pretty well!

Lillian had a whole lineup of Christmas attire.  I bet she could have nearly sported one outfit a day!  Some new and some were vintage.  This little gem was probably my sisters.  It's in the range of 30ish years old but Oh, so in style!!  I'll never get over how thankful I am that my mom kept all of these dresses!

Jason took off for 2 weeks while the boys were out. He had some extra vacation time and we really enjoyed him being home.  He works A LOT!  We took the boys to the outdoor ice skating rink that they build in The Woodlands every Christmas.  It's neat to skate outdoors in Texas.  It's also very energy inefficient.  It was cool when we went but it was one of the few cool days we had to date!  The boys took to ice skating pretty well.  Jackson skated like a robot and Lincoln was slow to start but he got the hang of it quickly.  They both had to realize that falling down wasn't so bad then it went much better.  It was such fun that we went back again once in January before they started the take down of it again.  We might have to add this to our deFoor family traditions for Christmas in the future!

Christmas Eve service is always important and special to us!  The boys enjoy the candle lighting and the music which is so familiar.  (For those of you that don't know, we commence Christmas music listening sometime after July 4th.  I'm kidding.  Kind of.)

Lillian is sporting another vintage dress.  This was my dress BUT the material was from my Granny's attic.  It is somewhere in the 50 year old range!  It's truly one of a kind!

Our Christmas tradition always includes a visit to The Waffle House.  I'm not going to say it's my favorite.  I keep trying to convince them that we could bring it up a notch but they all insist that Waffle House is the tradition.  So I guess it's sticking.  Who wouldn't love a chocolate chip waffle on Christmas Eve?  

There is nothing like seeing the magic of Christmas through your children's eyes!
This little glimmer is what makes it ALL worth it!
The light, the hope HE brings for all the World!

The traditional reading of Twas The Night Before Christmas.  

I love Lillian checking to make sure they are reading the right book!  She looks as if she's double checking to see "so you're telling me a strange guy is going to be allowed into our house tonight and he's going to be dropping off presents?"

Lincoln is pretty easy to please.  There is no doubt his age is the most magical!

"You mean all this paper and boxes are mine, mine mine?!"

She did actually act like she liked the presents she got!  It's the first toys she's really played with!  Please take a moment to note that ruffled butt!  Ahhhhh!

Lincoln wore that helicopter out over the next few days.  So much so that I had to replace it...Twice.  He's tough on his toys!

"Me, I want a Hooooo-la-hooooop!"

Look at this!  Special delivery!  A cute boy and a cute dog!  That's JUST what I wanted for Christmas!

This is probably listed in the rules under "what not to do".  Boys have a way of following those rules perfectly!  The scooters were a big hit with the whole neighborhood by the afternoon!

We always plan an elaborate breakfast and dinner on Christmas.  Jason and I like to cook and to try new recipes.  We could normally feed at least 2 more families with what we cook for just us!  This year we had a traditional Italian dish.  We made Brig-ole with homemade sauce, toasted ravioli and Dijon Asparagus Salad.  

Jason and Jackson spent the rest of Christmas break building what would become the Lego Death Star.  It was HUGE!!

Our Christmas was fabulous and I'm so thankful that we got to spend lots of time together as a family!  I'm happy we are able to balance the gifts and fun with the real reason we celebrate Christmas each year.  I hope that our kids are building memories that they will always carry close to their heart and one day pass on to their own families!

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