Saturday, December 31, 2011

Our friends took us to the Coast Guard Station to see the plane he flies. It was pretty cool to see the plane and take a tour of the station. The station is very small and is vastly different than an Air Force Base. Kerry and I went to get a pedicure while the boys stayed home with the kids. It was so relaxing and reminded me of our days together in Pensacola. I really miss having a good friend to get pedis with :(  We took the kids to a park before going out to dinner. We put the kids to bed and played some card games to ring in the new year. We had so much fun and I am so glad we came to visit.

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Friday, December 30, 2011

We headed to the beach this morning. The water was COLD, but that didn't stop Abby or Mckenzie from getting wet. I loved the sound of their screams as the water would splash up on their toes. It was pure delight for them! We had lunch on the beach and played in the water some more. The boys were trying to throw rocks at a buoy not too far from shore with no luck :-) I think they could have stayed there all day trying to hit it!

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Thursday, December 29, 2011

We flew to Florida today to visit some friends we haven't seem in two years! The flights were great and we stopped at the USO during our layover. It was a nice place to hang out since we had a pretty long layover. The kids had a chance to run around and play and burn some energy before we had to get back on the plane. The weather was fantastic and we had a bonfire and roasted marshmallows. Mckenzie, of course, only wanted the chocolate and Abby could have eaten 10 s'mores if I would let her. It was wonderful to catch up with our friends. 138 Abby Jora 135 Mckenzie


Tuesday, December 27, 2011

We met up with some friends at a local play arena that has a huge jungle gym, inflatable slides, and roller skating. The girls had a pretty good time. Mckenzie got a blister from one of the slides and she didn't want to play anymore and she was sobbing and begging for more band aids. (apparently one wasn't enough). She is such a little homebody that she wanted to leave as soon as it happened. She finally came around and enjoyed the inflatable slides. I am glad she could leave happy. Abby had so much fun. She tried rollerskating for the first time and at first, she was terrified, but soon enough, she was loving it! Mckenzie on the other hand, did not want to roller skate today. So her and I watched Abby from the sidelines. 057 Mckenzie 121 Abby


Monday, December 26, 2011

We had plans to visit NYC today, but Mckenzie was coughing a lot and running a low grade fever yesterday so we decided it would be best to stay home. Abby was thoroughly disappointed and started crying because she wanted to see the Rockefeller Center tree. So, Mckenzie and I hung out at home and Scott and Abby ran some errands and ended up at the movie, Chipwrecked. She was mesmerized by the movie and enjoyed her date with Daddy. She had a sparkle in her eye when she came home because she was so happy. The girls love spending one on one time with Scott and we really need to be better about doing it more often. Mckenzie is feeling much better today and I think staying in was a good idea considering our plans for New Years. 092 113 lights


December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas! What a blessing it is to celebrate the birth of Jesus! Abby woke up first and looked to see what Santa brought before coming into our room. Boy was she excited when she came in. The best part about that was she was happy about what Santa left for Mckenzie. She said "Mckenzie got a doll house like mine. The one she has been wanting!" She warms my heart! Mckenzie woke up a short time later and we let the girls open their gifts. Abby was thrilled to get an American Girl doll that looks like her with hazel eyes and dark blonde hair. She entertained herself with that doll for a long time. Abby was on cloud nine when she got her unicorn Happy Napper that she has been begging to have for months! Mckenzie was delighted with her Barbie doll house and the Happy Birthday doll that she requested. When we were in the store one day, she told me the three (because she is three) things she wanted were a Barbie doll house, a birthday Barbie doll and a horse. Good thing Santa listens!  We spent the day lounging around the house, playing with all the new games and toys. It was a wonderful Christmas!

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December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas! I am feeling so blessed this year because Scott is home to celebrate with us and we don't have the impending deployment weighing us down like we did last year. We had so much fun today. We helped the girls make gingerbread houses this morning. They both seem to like patterns and straight lines :) Mckenzie liked to eat the frosting more than decorate and spent her time telling me where to put things and licking her fingers. Abby worked really hard to make her house just the way she envisioned it and she even let Scott help her do some of the decorating. 

I had to brave the Walmart to pick up some Benadryl creme for Mckenzie. Turns out she is allergic to her new slippers and had a rash all over her feet. Poor girl. She was so sad that she can't wear her slippers anymore. Luckily, I had an extra pair for her and that seemed to make her happy:)

We went to church this afternoon for a Christmas Eve service. The children's choir sang several songs and Mckenzie even joined them up front for a couple! I am so proud of her for doing that! Abby just loves to sing and I can always her her belting out every song :)

When we got home, Scott and the girls played while I got our dinner ready. I kept it simple with cornish game hens and mashed potatoes. I didn't even make dessert, although it is usually only Scott and myself eating it anyway and I know I don't need it.

We opened presents tonight and the girls were in heaven! Abby was happy with all the Hello Kitty stuff she got. Her favorite present was her Fur Real dog whom she named Puppy.  She opened her presents in no time this year. Usually she takes forever to unwrap them but not this year! Mckenzie opened most of her clothes first and I think she was a tiny bit disappointed. Can't blame her! She's only three! Her favorite present was a horse whom she named Ella Amberlyn. She couldn't stop petting her horse or sitting on it (it's made for a doll, not little girls. I hope she doesn't break it any time soon!) She was also playing with her Blueberry Muffin doll from Grandma and Grandpa quite a bit. Scott was so generous and bought me the camera bag I have been begging for. I do have to admit, it is a wee bit larger than I thought! Good thing large bags are still fashionable! They are still fashionable right?!  The girls were having so much fun playing with all their new toys that bedtime was a little challenging. But, Scott showed the girls on the computer where Santa was and told them they had better hurry up before Santa skipped our house because they weren't sleeping. After a quick sprinkling of the front yard with reindeer food and setting out a plate of cookies and carrots, the girls were ready to head to bed with their new toys. Mckenzie tucked her horse in at the end of the bed and Abby tucked her dog in on her bean bag chair. I hope they fall asleep soon so we can get their Santa gifts ready... 031 037 Abby's gingerbread house 032 Mckenzie 040 Mckenzie's gingerbread house 075 Mckenzie 070 Abby 149 Mckenzie 130 Abby 119 Mckenzie 115 abby 113 Mckenzie 105 Abby 091 Mckenzie barb Abby 090 Abby Scott Mckenzie 088 Scott MCkenzie 080 Abby

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