We started off Christmas Eve with a trip to Granny's and Papa's. The children were supposed to wear pj's and little man looked adorable with his Mickey Mouse PJ's on..and to complete the look he had his bib, hat, and converse. Papa Taylor always reads the Christmas story to us before we open presents. We are so lucky to have such a strong Christian man as the head of the family, and above all he is super sweet too. I know Joseph doesn't get the entire Christmas story yet, but in the picture he looks like he is trying really hard to understand!
And then presents........
Next we decorated cookies for Santa, and more red icing got on Joseph than the cookie I'm sure!
Family pic....it's times like this when I look and realize I don't have a baby anymore..my little man is growing into a little boy! Hold your heart!
.....This was just the beginning of a great Christmas. More to come....
This year we decided to go to Hollywild to see the lights, and of course the animals. We all loaded up in grandpa and grandma's van....and it was crazy. I have never seen that many animals running around freely, or that many cars trying to maneuver through the animals. It was freezing and took a lot longer than we had all planned, but it was a fun trip that won't soon be forgotten!
Sweet baby! Double trouble!
Oh Sam...always always snacking!
I wish i could say little man hated the animals...but he stuck his hand right through the fence, and into the animals mouth. Oh Hand Sanitizer!
And to end it...you of course were sitting with your daddy!
It's finally Christmas, and I am beyond excited. I love that this time of year we get to spend with all of our family, we eat wonderful food, and lots of it, and we get to see Joseph celebrate Christmas and believe in the magic of Santa!! Oh, it's going to be good!
We started off the season with a work party. Joseph decided to hide under the table and Joe's work party with Midway....at this point, whatever keeps him happy, we do! And this party was great because it was in a fellowship hall so we did not have to worry about being in a restaurant setting! (and look at his eyes..the look so green..LOVE)
Joseph was sitting with Granpa when Santa walked in..(and right now he would choose Granpa over anyone) He started smiling, and was not scared at all. I was a little worried because he has not seen Santa at all...but he did great!
Santa walked straight in and was greeted by all the children. While he was trying to speak to everyone my child was the one who walked up, and keep starting at him in awe. I hate this picture is blurry but I thought it was cute!
When it was time to sit in Santa's lap, Joseph had no problem with that either. He would have sat there all night (not to mention Santa had mini candy canes, and Joseph may have had 4, or 5, or...ok you get the picture). Santa also brought Joseph and wooden work bench, and we have spent many hours playing with it since the party!
Before Santa left, my child had to be held on more time. When I asked him to give Santa a hug, this is what we got. I am so glad that he was not afraid at all this year...and I cannot wait for Santa to come see us at our house.
I hope everyone has a great Christmas, and in all the hustle and bustle of the season, I pray we never forget why we celebrate this day. Whenever I go anywhere, and someone is checking me out, I always say Merry Christmas...not happy holidays, seasons greetings...none of that. This is Christmas and we celebrate it because God choose to send his son, to a dark world, to be our Saviour....and for that we should celebrate CHRISTmas all year!
My family came over to watch the Clemson/Carolina game this year at our house..instead of doing a cook-out we did breakfast, and it turned out really good! And NO-I am choosing not to remember the score...it wasn't Clemson's year..but I'll always be a tiger!!
This is how Joseph and I felt after the game! Cutest picture from the night! Joseph and Sam both have Clemson jerseys with there name on them, and I'm hoping we can still wear them next year! Ava has gone from toddler to "little girl" in a few short months. She always wants to help, and loved helping Joe in the kitchen that night!
But once Ava helps...everybody helps...bless it!
And this picture I thought was just cute. Joseph has learned to climb, and love to push something next to the wall, reach up, and turn lights and fans on and off. He is getting to be such a big boy, and so independent!
Halloween...with a toddler!! Joseph was Snoopy this year...and he was not fond of it! He absolutely HATED the Snoopy hat with a passion. He would scream, kick, cry, and just lose it when he had it on. The only way we could get him to wear it was to cut the bottom of it, so it just sat on his head!
Ava, Sam, and Joseph...better known as Snoopy, Lucy, and Charlie Brown. They were adorable and this picture is after about 3 hours of treat-or-treating, and a candy overload! Aww Charlie.....doesn't he look identical to the real thing?
One of my favorite pictures.....I'm sure in his mind he is thinking...ok I've got the hat on, take the stinkin' picture, and let's move on!
A typical face of my toddler...I'm not sure when Joseph went from a baby to a toddler...but this stage is fun...attitude and all!
And this is our attempt at our picture with Buzz and Emma the Cow. Buzz was great, Snoopy and the Cow opted for a meltdown at this time!
Halloween was fun this year, but next year we may do an easier, regular clothes-kind of costume...or we could buy a bigger hat! HA
In early October, the Wentzkys and the Scotts traveled to Nivens Farm to pick out pumpkins, and play. It was a great day, and no crowds. These two boys are going to grow up so close...and probably get into more than we can handle..but aren't they just adorable!? Sweet Sam..he was the only one not afraid and flipping out in the tube.... The 3 Amigo's....Joseph and Ava would have stood watching Bubba the cow all day if we had let them!
Our attempt at a family picture...to bad Joseph doesn't feel the need to look at the camera!
Again..at the cow! I just love how he puts his feet up so he can see better
Me and my little man...sitting on a little bench!
And on a tractor. Joseph loves everything that has anything to do with transportation...and especially the tractor!