Monday, December 22, 2014

Christmas Parties & My Birthday!

I thought that it would be best to start consolidating posts, since I'm still wrapping up Christmas posts in January (and back-dating them).

The littles had a few celebrations during the month of December!

Chloe's kindergarten class celebrated Christmas with a field trip to the Montgomery Zoo.

Since I've chaperoned Chloe's previous field trips, I thought that it might be nice to give Daddy a turn (for me and him). Of course, he's not quite the crazy picture taker that I am, but to appease me, he did take a few pictures with his phone...Hell hath no fury like a momma expecting pictures!

Chloe and her field trip buddy, Caleb, riding the zoo train



 Snack time



Making Christmas crafts



And, exploring the zoo!



Evan's class also had a Christmas celebration. I was able to attend this one since it was during my lunch break, so I brought the good camera;)


 
Evan giving Mrs. Helms our Christmas gift to her. Our family already thinks the world of Mrs. Helms, but we love that she is also a big Auburn fan. I picked out a cute Auburn ornament for her...I may have gone back later during the after-Christmas sale to pick up one for Evan's Auburn tree.



Chris and I didn't forget to take pictures with our little man!



Evan posed with his Christmas haul. The stocking was filled with small inexpensive gifts from each of his classmates and Mrs. Helms gave each of her students a personalized pillow case.



I did take a picture of Mrs. Helms smiling with Evan, but her eyes were closed. However, I think I like this one better. It just seems so genuine and shows just how much she cares for her students.



The following day at preschool was the day before Christmas break, so it was a fun and laid back day. The kids wore their pj's and watched Christmas movies. Mrs. Helms texted me this photo of Evan and his classmate, Jaiden. Twinsies!



The Rainbows also had a Christmas party! It was a quasi pajama party...some of the kids decided to wear their pj's, so the moms just went with it.

They made Christmas crafts and Mrs. Dodi told the story of the first Christmas. (I wish I had taken a picture of the adorable fingerprint manger ornament that Evan made before I put up our Christmas decorations.)


Then, they had a little Christmas feast!


 
It was so sweet of Mrs. Dodi to plan this special evening for our little Rainbows and remind them of the true meaning of the season.

My birthday is on December 22nd and my loves surprised me with a special breakfast brunch. I got to eat the cinnamon rolls that we weren't able to bake for our North Pole Breakfast.



Chloe even put together some appetizers:)


Chris and I usually don't do anything big for birthdays, especially since mine falls so close to Christmas, but this year I decided to liven it up a bit. We didn't ride the North Pole Express this year, so I thought it might be fun to watch the Alabama Shakespeare Festival's performance of A Christmas Carol. My birthday was on Monday, so I took the day off and we went to an afternoon performance. Afterwards, Chris took the family out to dinner.

These pictures were taken before we left the house.


After the play, we took these pictures in the lobby. A sweet lady offered to take the first picture of us. It turned out blurry, but hey, at least we are all in it. Besides, my phone's camera doesn't take the best pictures...It may be time for an upgrade.



The littles pretending  that they're on a date:)


Daddy's version of being on a date;) Watch those hands, mister! Photo courtesy of Ms. Chloe...


I do love celebrating this joyous season of Christ's birth with family and friends. It doesn't hurt that my birthday is also during the month of December. I hope that you had a joyous season as well!

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