Catching up Take Three: A Christmas Tree, Santa and Three More Birthdays
Now don't pass out! I know you are thinking THREE posts in one day!!! Is she crazy!? Well, yes, yes I am. Actually, I was just lucky enough to finally have some spare time. Ok, let's get busy. We always get our Christmas tree on the Saturday after Thanksgiving so that we have it up for the December kids' birthdays. DJ, Coley and Noah all have birthdays in December, so we consolidate them into one party. We always have it at the beginning of the month because the Rose grandparents always come in then. It works out well and it forces me not to procrastinate and get the decorations out early. Although, I must admit, Christmas is one thing that I DON"T put off. I love Christmas! Everything about Christmas, from the decorating, tothe cookies, to the music, to the beautiful Mass. So anyway, Brian and DJ, Jake and Bubba headed to the Christmas tree farm with the mission to return home with a tall, but thin beautiful Frasier Fir. A few hours later the men returned home victorious! The general rule of thumb is that if the tree fits in our giant 12 passenger van, it will fit in the designated spot in the living room. Sure enough that bad boy was wrapped and packed in the van. They leaned it up against the house until we were ready to bring it in.
You might be wondering, "How tall is that beast tree?"
Why, it's four Houghs tall, of course!
Oh Christmas tree, Oh Christmas tree,
How lovely are you branches!
Mission accomplished men! Great Job!!
We took the youngest five of our crew and went to have breakfast with Santa. My brother brought his little boy, Dylan and my sister came with her three girls. We got there and the kids ate their breakfast. They had some coloring sheets for the kids to color while we were waiting. Good move on their part!
Noah is intensely coloring. He was sitting still...a minor Christmas miracle? I'm just throwing it out there!
They also had some face painting. That had mixed reviews from our crowd. None of them were super thrilled about someone that they didn't know touching them.
The girls opted for festive poinsettias.
Dylan chose a star(?).
Bubba went the sports route. Go Pitt!
Abby won the door prize, a big Santa doll. This was highly entertaining because the doll was almost as big as she was! So funny!
It was finally our turn for our picture with Santa. We tried to get one picture with all of the kids. Yeah...ummm not so successful. Abby was doing a strip tease. Noah was there under duress. Aiden kept trying to unbeard the big guy. It was a comedy of errors! As my husband so eloquently put it, "It is what it is."
I didn't manage to get a shot of my kids alone with Santa, because I was trying to keep them all on the stage, but I did manage to get a couple of Dylan and the girls.
Little Francesca slept through the entire thing. Gotta love a sling!
AD-Joe in his Santa baby shirt!
Santa was a success and I think that the kids enjoyed it. Next time I'm going to prep them a little bit more so that the pictures turn out better.
The final subject of this particular post is the December birthday party. My twins are now 14...that is really old. Not only are the getting to be so old, but they are now as tall as I am. What the heck?!? No major feat as I am only 5'4'', but still... I am truly blessed that they are healthy, kind funny kids with alot of smarts! (they were both on distinguished honor roll!! Oh yeah, my kids are smart!!!) Noah was kind of confused. He didn't get it that it was his party too since his birthday isn't until the 27th. Although it didn't take too long for him to get used to the idea when everyone was throwing presents at him! Coley decided that she did not want a cake. She is a rebel, my little red head is! She wanted blueberry glazed doughnuts instead. Good old Dimaio's came through with totally yummy glazed blueberry doughnuts. She was thrilled!!!
Coley and her "cake"
DJ wanted a West Shamokin basketball cake. Joan's cake lady, Judy came through in her usual beautiful- cake way.
Noah was not thrilled about all of the attention, but he loved his Spiderman cake.
Make a wish and blow out the candles!
Miss Abby chomping on an apple.
Aiden and Isabella, hanging out.
All in all, a very successful party!
Happy Birthday my beautiful kids!