Christmas 2011-New Years 2012

Let’s close out 2011, shall we? Prepare for another picture-heavy post!

After a great Thanksgiving in Florida with Derek’s parents, we spent Christmas in Austin with my family. It was a full house, but only for a few days, until both my sisters and Derek went back to work. The kids and I stayed in Austin for the week between Christmas and New Years to spend some fun quality time with Grandma and Grandpa.

We enjoyed fires in the fireplaces (luckily the weather was cool enough… a far cry from the 80* Christmas a few years back), decorating gingerbread houses, puzzles, movies, books, walks… even the construction of a see-saw. Let’s dive right in.

Christmas Eve morning, we decided to decorate a gingerbread house.

Ta-Da!! Toothpicks were only used to hold up the delicious candy 🙂

Colton needs a pick-me-up.

Working on a puzzle, nice fire blazing in the background. Mmmm, toasty warm!

Watching The Grinch.

Reading The Night Before Christmas before bed on Christmas Eve.

(PS. Can you spot Henry, our elf?)

And then it was Christmas morning!

Playing with some of the fun gifts Santa brought in their stockings.

Grandpa Joe played “Santa’s helper” and handed out the gifts from under the tree.

Check out the awesome tree stump Grandma and Grandpa made Adelyn! Complete with woodland creatures.

Setting up the table and chairs so the animals can have tea.

Look, Momma got a double stroller!

Christmas morning reading.

Finished the first puzzle, time to start working on a new one.

Going for a family walk. Also testing out the double stroller for the first time.

Colton says it works great.

Playing with Colton’s trucks before Christmas dinner.

Taking some pre-Christmas dinner family photos.

Taking a picture with two young kids doesn’t make for a very good family photo…

This is the best we could get… no one is looking in the same direction! Ha.

Farrell-Zivney family photo 🙂

The rest of the week was fairly quiet, just spent entertaining the kids with horsey rides…

And walks…

And even the construction of a see-saw using leftover wood that Grandma and Grandpa had lying around!

Works great!

And with that, Goodbye 2011, Hello 2012!

Adelyn is 2 years, 7.99 months old and Colton is 7 months, 5 days old.


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