Christmas Day!

Christmas Day was so much fun!  The kids were ecstatic of course and the snowfall on Christmas was so beautiful and such a rare treat.

I mean, how can you not feel the enthusiasm from this picture??


Graham’s biggest request this year was for a spy net video watch and Santa must have listened.  He also wanted the Lego Death Star, but at $600, it was way out of Santa’s budget!


Surae didn’t have any major requests, but Santa thought she might like a camera since she is always stealing her mommy’s and he was right.  She took about 200 pictures Christmas day, none of which were in focus, but she’s getting a lot of practice!


Although Graham didn’t get the Death Star, he did get a lot of cool Lego sets.  He spent the majority of the day huddled over building Lego’s with his Uncle Chris, also a Lego fanatic.


Graham also wanted a skateboard and Nana and Poppy delivered on that.  He is one lucky boy!


When Graham was not dominating Uncle Chris’s attention with Lego’s, Surae got in some fun with him too.


My dad was kind enough to give the family an Xbox Kinect.  It is so futuristic and cool, plus really great exercise.  Thanks Dad!!


We are so lucky to have such a wonderful family.  It was a great Christmas!



Hollywild puts on quite the holiday lights extravaganza each year.  There are not only lights though, but wandering zebra, deer, cows and various other animals wandering around for you to feed from your car.  It’s quite the sight!  It was a super, super cold night when we went, but the kids loved it.


Pre-Christmas Fun!

We had a wonderful Christmas this year.  The kids were so insanely excited, especially Graham.  He was about to leap out of his skin from pure anticipation.  It was really magical to see.

The Hyatt has a really wonderful “Festival of Trees” each year that we’ve started making an annual visit to.  The trees are gorgeous!

Surae was part of her school’s Christmas program.  She was the star!  How fitting.

Santa and Mrs. Claus made a visit to the Greenville County Art Museum.  They are serious art collectors from what I understand.

Graham and Surae did a great job making a gingerbread house!


The family had Thanksgiving together at Pam and Doyle’s house this year.  Pam twisted our arms as usual and had us get together for family photos.   The adults and children all resisted of course, but we did get a few good ones out of it although Graham was making his infamous “fish face” in many.

Surae’s First Haircut

I have been super reluctant to cut Surae’s hair and haven’t done so since we brought her back from China.  Well, it was time!  Her hair had gotten so long and it was really getting difficult to manage, so we brought her in for her first haircut.  Being the little diva that she is, she was really excited about it.  She did great and sat super still.  I was so shocked when I first saw how short it was, but now I love it and I think it looks perfect on her. I didn’t really get an after shot, but you’ll see in the next few posts how much shorter it is.

Graham wanted to join in on the fun as well and chop off his long hair.  Daddy wasn’t there with us at first, so he talked me into a “spikey do”, which Michael was not too pleased about.  As with Surae, I was shocked when I first saw the results of his haircut, but it has really grown on me.  He looks like a little man!


Surae and Graham’s Thanksgiving Programs

Between Surae’s birthday, my birthday, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, I have gotten very, very behind on posts!  So, I have a little catching up to do.

Surae had a wonderful Thanksgiving program at her school.  The kids sang super cute songs and we all got to stick around after the program for special treats with Surae.  It was a great day and she was super excited to have us all there with her.

A few days later, Graham had a Thanksgiving feast at his school.  I am so thankful to be working half days, so that I can be a part of these things now.  I came and helped set up the feast and Graham was so proud to have me there helping!