Monday, December 30, 2013
Sunday, December 29, 2013
Saturday, December 28, 2013
Friday, December 27, 2013
Thursday, December 26, 2013
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Samantha made a Frosty mask and a Santa mask this year at the Bass Pro Shop. She took them to Cindy's today and used the Christmas tree as a photo booth. Here are some of the fun pictures. She was quite the fashion plate today! She insisted on wearing her holiday pjs all day with her new Hello Kitty necklace and charm braclet! I think she will be a fashion mogul one day!
Samantha as Santa
Samantha as Frosty
Samantha as Santa, Mary as Frosty
We always have a Christmas Eve service at church with communion and the singing of Silent Night by candlelight. Our church photographer caught this view of Isabell along with some of the other youth, their youth pastor and his wife. Isabell is front row - left corner.
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Santa and Samantha pictures at Bass Pro Shop have become a tradition. This is our fourth year and Samantha was quick to gather all the pictures and look for changes over the years. She has changed a lot yet she still looks a lot the same. She quickly pointed out that the 2010 Santa is a different Santa!
Monday, December 23, 2013
This girl is killin' me! She has a memory like an elephant and wants to do everything we usually do in December. Problem is, there was one less weekend between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year. One of those weekends the roads were impassable because of the ice storm. The next two weekends she spent Saturdays at church practicing for the children's program and then the choir concert. This is her first week of Christmas vacation. Yesterday afternoon we did the Bass Pro Shop. This afternoon we did Main Street and Great Wolf Lodge. Tomorrow morning we will be at Bass Pro by 9 am to get an appointment for her traditional Santa picture. Right now she is snoozing but told me before she went to sleep she needed her dress washed because she got it dirty Sunday. So it is currently washing! If we even make it to the Gaylord Texan it will have to be after Christmas. Fortunately that is not her favorite! I can tell you one thing, grandkids will either keep you young or kill you. At this point, I haven't decided which! Oh yes, I taught her how to wrap packages a couple of years ago so I had to wait on the packages so she could help. We did that all evening! Tomorrrow, after the Santa picture, we are baking then going to the Candlelight Service at church at 6. She will be going to a Christmas party with Chad and Mary after that. Grandma is going to bed early! You know what? I wouldn't have it anyother way!
Samantha chose the title for this post. We ventured to Main Street today to get some Christmas pictures. Here are a few of them. Downtown Grapevine is the best place to take Christmas pictures. Love our hometown!
Saturday, December 21, 2013
Rodney with his lap full of his girls, Lindsay and big sister Lauren.
Looks like Lauren was having an unhappy moment during Christmas at Grandma's house in 1999! Must not have been a big deal as I don't remember her being unhappy that evening.
Friday, December 20, 2013
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Here is Lindsay a little more grown up than in the post of earlier today! Here she is with her friend Kirk at the GHS Volleyball Christmas Banquet. She has grown into a beautiful young lady both inside and out! So proud of you Lindsay.
Monday, December 16, 2013
Samantha thoroughly enjoyed her multi-role part in the church Christmas play. She played the roles of a princess and Mary. She also sang in the choir. She loves church and participating in activities there.
Sunday, December 15, 2013
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Today is the guard's annual toy drive day when they present gifts to the children at Cook's Children's Hospital in Ft Worth. This is an annual ritual Chad thoroughly loves doing. However, he will miss this year because of his work. Here is a picture from a previous such day. May God touch and bless each of the sick children during this Christmas season. (Yes, of course that is Chad with his hat standing straight up. He tells me he never intends to grow up and I believe him!)
Friday, December 13, 2013
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Monday, December 9, 2013
Found this picture today of my paternal grandparents. My grandpa died when I was a Senior in high school. All my kids got to enjoy spending time with my grandma and they loved her dearly. They called her Granny.
Pearl Ruth Arthur Sowders and Orville Sowders
Working on putting up the Christmas tree. I always decorate it with my "heirloom" ornaments so it takes forever as I go over my remembrances of each ornament. Will finish it tomorrow since school is cancelled again tomorrow. Here are my two ornaments from my first Christmas as a grandma in 1992.