Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Skater Kids

Skating is something that I loved as a kid, and I've heard that Corey was quite the skater in his younger days. One of his relatives owned T's Skating Rink, so he spent a lot of time perfecting his skating skills. T's Skating Rink is also where I went to go skating. Neither one of us remembers seeing the other one there, but I'm sure at some point we were both at T's, skating our hearts out, at the same time. Who knows, I may have beaten him in a race, or maybe even skating limbo:)
With all that being said, the kids wanted to go skating over our Christmas break, so we loaded up one afternoon headed to Skate Place. Since we went on a weekday, the rink wasn't too crowded.

Cason started out a little slow but caught on quickly. He had been to a skating birthday party recently, so skating was still somewhat fresh to him.

Maddie & Jackson hadn't been skating in quite some time, so they were a little rusty.

By the time our skating session was over, they were figuring out to get around on four-wheels.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Off to the Christmas Races

As soon as we finished opening gifts at our house, the firs leg our Christmas race began with a trip to Gram and Pop's house. Chris and his kids were patiently waiting for us to arrive, so the madness we call Christmas could commence. As soon as we got in our designated spots with cameras in hand, all the opening began.

Mason looks happy with the present she opened!

Jackson couldn't wait to shoot at the target with his new gun.

Cole, sporting his LT jersey, was all smiles.
Carter's new robot was a hit with all the kids.
Corey & I got a video camera from Gram & Pop.
Hopefully, I can figure out how to use it!

We all had worked up an appetite after opening all the gifts at Gram & Pop's, so we headed over to Granny's for Christmas breakfast. It was delicious, as usual!

Before the kids could open their presents, Corey's Uncle Troy had a special gift to unwrap. The special gift was a gun that belonged to Papa Maynard, Corey's grandpa. The gun hadn't been seen in a very long time, and was very special to Troy. It was an emotional beginning to a normally wild, and crazy event.

After all the tears were dried, the craziness began!

The final leg in our Christmas race was at Mamaw & Papaw's house, where we opened more presents and ate more yummy food. There seems to a pattern forming here!!!

We survived another fun-filled Christmas race. I am so thankful that we have so many homes to race to, so many gifts to open while we are there, so many special people to see, and so many wonderful memories to make.

Santa Came to Our Town

Christmas morning came much later this year than last -thank goodness. Last year we were up at 2 am because Santa had already been to our house. This year Corey woke the kids up because HE couldn't wait any longer!

Cason asked Santa for a "real" bow & arrow so he could shoot Jackson in the butt. That crazy Santa read Cason's list and granted him his wish!
Jackson, who didn't want to harm his brother with his Christmas wish, also got his weapon of choice from the Big Man. He plans on shooting animals with his gun.
The kids had to take a break from looking at all their new stuff to read the letter that Santa left them and look through their stockings.
This was Max's first Christmas. He got just about as many toys as the kids!

I'd say Santa was pretty good to the Pitts kids this year!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Eve Celebration

We always start our Christmas celebration on Christmas Eve at Mamaw & Papaw's house. Since it snowed & was actually cold, Papaw built a fire in the fireplace. The boys aren't used to seeing anything but ashes in that fireplace, so they were completely engrossed with the flames. I am so thankful we do not have a fireplace in our house. I fear to think what damage would be done if we did!

Maddie decided to warm herself by the fire with the boys. When those 3 crazy kids get together, you never know what you're going to see or hear. I really wanted a cute Christmas Eve picture by the fire, but this is the Christmas Eve picture I got. You gotta love em!

As usual, we played our fun Christmas game. The die was thrown, the present was passed, and when Cason opened the gift, he got the most appropriate gift . . . a candy-pooping cow. When you pulled the cow's head down, brown-colored candy came out of its rear-end. Cason thought it was hilarious!!!

Once the fun game was over, the kids got to open their "one" Christmas Eve gift. Jackson opened up an arcade baseball game, which kept him entertained for the rest of the evening.

The gift that Maddie opened was one that Mamaw & I knew she would love, and we couldn't wait for her to open it!
And we were right . . . she loved her new sewing machine!We had another wonderful Christmas Eve celebration with our family. We are so blessed to have such loving people to surround us during the most special time of year!

I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas

I, along with good ole' Bing Crosby & probably everyone else in Texas, have always dreamed of having a white Christmas, and I thought my dream was going to come true this year. On Christmas Eve day, we looked outside and this is what we saw!

We all bundled up and headed out to play in the snow.

The snow didn't last long, and certainly didn't stick to anything, but it sure was fun while it lasted. Maybe next year my white Christmas dream will come true!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Walmart really does have everything

We never made it to the mall to see Santa, so thankfully on one of our many trips to Walmart there was a Santa. Never mind that this Santa was the saddest looking Santa ever!

The kids also found light-up antlers that they thought were photo worthy.

Caroling at the Mall

Every holiday season the 4th graders at Lorena Elementary go caroling at the Richland Mall. Madison was very excited that it was finally her turn to get to sing!

Christmas Pictures

Cason & Maddie with their leaf angels