we had a fantastic christmas. the kids got way too much, as usual, and loved it all. molly actually got tired of opening presents. about half way through the gift wrapping massacre at mimis, she stopped. i had to open the last 4 or 5 things for her.
we changed up some things this year. the presents from 'santa' were to be assembled and unwrapped, sitting under the tree on christmas morning. we didnt realize mollys gift had sooo many tiny pieces, otherwise we probably would have started working on it a little sooner. allen and i were up till 1:30am putting things together and getting everything just right. then, we opened out presents to/from each other, which was nice. i personally enjoyed having that time with him, and getting to enjoy it without 2 preschoolers screeching and running around. that may become a tradition for us, at least until the kids are older.
we spent christmas day in h-town with my inlaws. we had to zip back home the next morning though; i had to be at the theatre by 1pm for the matinee show they added last week. i have 4 more performances in annie, then we're done. it's been a lot of fun, but i dont think i'll be doing the holiday show again, at least not for a few more years.
heres the week in pictures. i might throw in a few extras. :)
SUNDAY, december 20th
when i'm not being grace farrell, i'm the help. these are my friends and fellow maids in the warbucks mansion, jill and michelle.
MONDAY, december 21st
my grandparents came in from east texas to celebrate christmas and come see the show. this is my beautiful grandma.
TUESDAY, december 22nd
a friend of ours had a cookie decorating party. so. much. fun.
each kiddo got 4 cookies and everyone was asked to bring frosting and a topping of some sort. what a great idea! i'm not brave enough to do it though...i dont handle messy very well; especially messy x10 kids. i think there were actually more than that. yikes.
this is colby and his friend savannah at the party; pre-decorating.
on a side note, see the short sleeved shirts? i think it was in the low 70s. we had snow flurries the next day. crazy texas weather.
WEDNESDAY, december 23rd
some of my annie buddies. this is jenny (she's lily, if you're at all familiar with the show). i love her!!! the next pic is me with cody and diego. funny, talented, fabulous people.
THURSDAY, december 24th
merry christmas eve!
molly, colby, adler, and audrey.
the frans clan. molly was so over taking pictures at this point. we exhausted her with the kid picture. although, she wasnt very cooperative for that one either.
christmas pjs from ace the elf!
the yearly DUKE gear. can you tell we're fans!! i'm a fan by default. if allen likes it, i like it.
FRIDAY, december 25th
the kids were so excited to see what mommy and daddy and santa brought them!
SATURDAY, december 26th
this is me and james. he's one of the drakes (the butler) in the cast; william (whos made the 365 run) is the other one.
happy new year!!!!!!