Sunday, December 30, 2012

Snow Angel

I feel like there might be a few things I need to explain.  Maggie's face, for instance.  Aunt Laurie sent a super cool face-painting kit for Christmas, and well, what you see if the result of my "talent."  Er, lack thereof.

As for the angel wings over her snow coat...I have no idea.

Christmas finally came

We had an INCREDIBLE Christmas season, I am so very sad to see it go.  The culmination, of course, was Christmas morning.  First though, came Christmas Eve.  A family tradition (for everyone in the entire world, I think), new jammies:

Cookies and milk left out for Santa:

And a sibling sleepover.  My most favorite of all childhood Christmas memories:

After a fairly long night's rest, we were up and at 'em the next day.  The kids flew by the mountain of presents to see if Santa had come and eaten their cookies.  Of course he had.

The plate is red and my kids can't read, what?

Their stockings were a hit.

Amos has a bunny from Easter that is his bunny.  He is so attached to it.  We even hauled it through the Dominican Republic.  I am kind of curious to see how things play out now that there is competition.

The present opening was so fun.  The kids had really easy "wants" this year, so they were easy to please.  All Amos wanted was Blades and Optimus Prime (rescuebots/transformers).  Maggie wanted a pink castle and Audrey wanted a "baby." 

In case you're still unclear on "rescuebots":

Black Friday really made it easy on us this year.  Our shopping was done in one night at Target.

Ok, maybe not all in one night.  Costco had a mini cooper that was to die for.  Add in that Grammy Cindy drives a mini, and Maggie wants to drive herself to school on the sidewalks, and well, I'm sold:

We might have driven it around in the house for a bit:

Eventually we set the kids loose on the open road:


Christmas Eve

This year we really tried to focus on Christ during Christmas times.  It only half worked, but half is better than none.  Christmas Eve we all acted out the Christmas story (Luke 2), and it was HILARIOUS.  I know, not really a comedy.  You get the right cast though...

Baby Jesus...Ladybug Pillow Pet
Shepherds/Wisemen...Nan, Pop, and Amos
Angel...Audrey, accompanied by her fat reindeer

Costumes were provided by my rag drawer ;)  And yes, we have 1 million baby dolls in this house, not to mention a real baby (who has already played the role for crying out loud!) and "Mary" refused to work with anyone other than her pillowpet.  Actors.

I would like to point out that one of our shepherds also appears to be moonlighting as Iron Man.  Totally against his exclusivity contract.

We love our snow time

And thankfully so do Nan and Pop

The best Christmas present this year...

...was a plastic rectangle:

Simple, yes.  But it led to all this:

Friday, December 28, 2012

Dominican Republic. Final Thoughts.

I know, it's cliche, but we had the time of our lives.  For now.  The most overwhelming thing Eric and I took from this experience is that we want to go places and experience things.  We want to raise our kids to think they can too.  I was incredibly impressed with Grammy and Grampy and all of the adventures they have had.  They are so far out of their comfort zones, and thriving in it (though they'll be the last to admit it).  They're doing so well and touching so many lives.  I am so proud of them.

So, here's to the next Horne adventure, wherever it may be.  We already miss the land where lines don't exist and you're expected to carry a machete.

27 Charcos; Dominican Republic

27 Charcos or 27 Waterfalls, was the last big adventure for Eric during our trip (the kids and I were safe and sound with our Shirley Temples at Gran Ventana). 

Eric, Anna, Shawn, and my Dad took a crazy little half day adventure to the 27 waterfalls.  They came back with a lot of pictures that don't seem to do the experience justice:

The landing spot:

To the best of my understanding, there were natural slides, jumping off rocks, and then just general "I'm going to drop you off this edge" situations.

They all lived to tell the tale, and looked good doing it.