Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Christmas Vacation & Haven's birthday

Happy Birthday to my 2 year old. She has a dreaded December birthday. Two days before Christmas. So, it's my job to make sure her birthday is special. I think our whole family succeded this year!!

She had one during the day the week before we left. She had another one later that same day when Oma and Opa came to trade cars.

To celebrate baby Jesus's birthday, our small group from church went to a nursing home to sing songs and entertain the residence.
Haven only had one job. To represent the Broncos who were playing that day. She got to wear her Bronco cheerleader outfit.

Andrew played his guitar and sang, "Mary Did You Know." Gibson stood up there with him. He looks like he is worshiping, but actually he was staring at the light and then closing his eyes because it was too bright!

Friday afternoon we left for Little Rock Arkansas. We stayed the night in a hotel and left the next morning for Joelton.

We got a little bit of sleep and headed for Grani and Papa's house.

After we arrived, (and after we cleaned Gibson up from his car sickness) we headed for Chuck E. Cheeses for another birthday party. (This makes it 3)

We had fun with Grani and Papa and Aunt Christy and Uncle Daniel. Some friends from Clarksville also came.

Christmas was fun at Grani and Papa's house. Papa read baby Jesus's story.
Then we opened presents. The kids had a cowboy theme to their gifts. They got cowboy hats, cowboy boots and little horses to ride. They even got a Teepee to chase indians into.

Of couses there was some artwork to be done. the kids had a blast. Haven got some green the color of this sentence in her hair, but Aunt Christy got it out.

Off to Arkansas!!

They had fun with their Oma,Opa, Aunt didi, Aunt robin, and Aunt annaliese.

Here they are with thier Aunt Robin at the fish Hatchery. We saw teeny tiny trout and GREAT BIG trout.

We also went to feed the ducks. These are the ugliest ducks you've ever seen, but they are all near and dear to my mother's heart. Gibson got some bread into the lake. Haven threw most of her's on the ground.

Here's Gibson sporting his new boots. He and haven wore thier boots for days and days. He even put them over his footed pajamas!

And here is another birthday party for my daughter. We had yummy cake and cherry pie. She got a very cool stroller/car seat for her babies.

Haven helped open all the presents Christmas Eve. Bernard enjoyed spending time with his cousins. (Bernard is the green little boy who belongs to my Aunt) In case you didn't know.

Christmas day we head back to Oklahoma. We had fun with family there for the next few days...... AND..... of course, another party for Haven!!

The kids couldn't get enough of their cousin Baby Issac. There was lots of huggin and kissing.

One of the best parts of this traveling Christmas was that I got to kidnap my baby sister Annaliese for a few days. She was such great help and fun to talk to. (I can only talk about Dora and the Wiggles for so long) The kids had such great fun with her. (They were alot cleaner when she was here b/c she gave them a bath every night. One night she rocked them both to sleep and was stuck until I came to help her.


Grani said...

What a fun birthday and Christmas!! Thanks for sharing all of these pictures. Keep them coming.

Papa said...

Wow! What a full December! We had a wonderful time while you all were here.

Arkansas's Swiss Family Imholz said...
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Arkansas's Swiss Family Imholz said...

I thoroughly enjoyed your Christmas Traveling Journal. On your side of the family we are thrilled you have married into this large, loving family that Diana and I didn't have growing up. I feel like I am part of this extended family, and, well, I am! Thank you for keeping us posted through yours and Andrew's blog. It's a wonderful "trip" for me.

Aunt Christy said...

Great pictures! I will have to save them! I haven't gotten my pictures back yet but when I do I will scan them and send them. Hopefully I will get a digital camera soon!

Oh and it looks to me like having a birthday on Dec. 23 is the best thing that could happen to someone. You get much more attention and a lot of parties!

Amy and Clint said...

Sounds like you guys had a fabulous (but exhausting) traveling holiday! Glad Haven felt special (I sure hope she did bc if she didnt...good gosh! i dont know what else you could do :) I really enjoy getting updated on you and your family so keep the stories coming :)

Rae said...

Gosh Hay! I think u could have gone a couple more places 4 christmas.LOL I wish I would have known u were in town. I would have given nething 2 c u! Any how kinda hard 2 c everybody i know! I am so glad Haven had a good B-day. She is as big as Gibson! I am also glad u had a merry christmas!

Diana Chiles said...

Hmmmmm. A December Birthday?!?! Someone else we all know and hopefully love ALSO has a December Birthday . . . ME!

If Haven could have arrived one day sooner, on MY birthday, I could have tagged along and pretended all of those parties were for me!

It's great that you are working on making her Birthday special. Nevertheless, I can personally assure you from my own experience that December is a WONDERFUL month to have a birthday! Haven and me share our birthday month with someone else as well . . . JESUS!


I had a GREAT time seeing you and your growing family. Gibson and Haven get more adorable with each day. (And you and Andrew do too!) I LOVE YOU!

Aunt Di Di
Phil. 1:3

Melissa G. said...

What precious pictures! It looks like Boomer is right in the middle of all of your fun! Does he still make those snorting noises when he breathes? :) Sammy is growing and growing! And YES, he is a great cuddler...but he doesn't sleep with me. He has his own bed. Much love!