Monday, December 28, 2009

Happy Birthday Jesus!

We had an amazing Christmas this year!!! Filled with tons of love, family and memories...Thank you "Santa's" for ALL of the gifts and for another amazing Christmas!!!!!

We started off on Christmas Eve by celebrating Christmas with my side of the family...

Look what Santa brought to Nana and Gator's house for Brody and Wade...a new table! 10 minutes later, the chairs were all over-turned and Wade threw the table. We have decided that it will only be set out during mealtimes, until they learn that a table and chairs are for SITTING!! ha ha Santa left them suction plates and bowls, so hey, even if the table is upside down, at least the plates will still be attached!

Gator, Nana and the boys:Uncle Dave reading to Wade
Wade with a bow around his head!
The B-man NOT happy about sharing...

After Nana, Gator and Uncle Dave left, we gave the boys a bath and dressed them in their cutie pie Christmas PJ's from Nana...they even had reindeer footies! Daddy started a tradition this year and read the boys "The Night Before Christmas". Thank you Grammie for the book!

After the boys went down for "nite nite", we enjoyed steak and lobster and celebrated my 31st birthday! Am I really already 31 years old? Time sure does fly, especially when you have children! It was nice to be home and enjoy the holidays with our little family.

The boys had such a great time discovering all of the toys and games and books and stocking stuffers that Santa left for them! We had an even better time watching them enjoy it... I had to post these pics to show the boys "enjoying" one of their presents. Poor twins, they always have to share!!! Look closely at Wade's face in the first pic and Brody's in the 2nd:
After presents were opened and breakfast was served, we loaded up the dogs and kids and presents and luggage and the kitchen sink, and headed to PCB to celebrate with Todd's side of the family at Grammie and Pop's house! Mimi, Uncle Scott (Brody calls him "cot"), Aunt Allie and Cousin Caden were all there too!

Look what Santa left in rocking horses for all of the boys!! They all had a great time playing on them...Thank you Caden for sharing yours with us!

A rare pic of Brody and Wade with their Mommy:

The whole Harrell clan! We took 4 shots and this was the best one:

Wade was totally in love with the fish tank. He would go down the hallway and sit on the floor or a box and watch the fish...all by himself. It was the sweetest thing! He would do it over and over throughout the day. It is kind of hard to see him, but he is sitting on a box, pointing up at the tank(inside the wall) in awe:

Check out B-man's firm grip:

Gotta love ridin' on Daddy's shoulders!

Burning off some of that endless energy. This was right before Brody did a face plant on the pavement, and scraped his cheek, nose and busted his lip. It broke my heart.

Caden racing to get them!

3 generations of Harrell's...

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

It's almost Christmas!!

I cannot believe that Christmas is less than 2 days away! We are getting incredibly excited to see the boys really enjoy Christmas this is so fun to watch your children experience the simple joys in life. Nothing like seeing everything through the eyes of children!

Here are 2 of my most recent favorite pics of my boys...

Their school had a party for each class last Friday and all of the parents and grandparents were invited! They wore their jammies to school and ate tons of sugar...and opened lots of gifts! It was fun to see all of the kiddos, with their "friends" and teachers, all interacting, while their parents were in the classroom. Best way to put it was VERY organized chaos. I still do not know how their teachers, Ms. Maegan and Ms. Sara do it all day long. And, to top it off, Ms. Maegan is pregnant!!! Say a prayer for her because she is growing this baby all by herself, as her husband is serving our country overseas. He will be back in time for their little miracle...I cannot wait to find out what she is having!
Brody in his jammies for school!

Wade was super excited about going to school with his jammies on...

Here is a pic of their little class with Ms. Maegan and Ms. Sara!
Sweet McLaren...Doesn't she look just like Cindy Lou Who from the Grinch? I could just eat her up!
The Harrell boys enjoying the goodies:

Check out all of their artwork that they have created for us throughout the month of December at school!

They are really into dancing these days...they will just all of the sudden break out in a cute little dance move, then go about their business! Here are a few pics I was able to capture of the B:

The boys have REALLY started interacting with each other and playing together. They play "chase" and "come and get me" and their version of "peek-a-boo" all of the time. It fills our home with giggles. They have also started fighting over toys and have resorted to hitting and pulling and shoving and doing whatever they can to get back their toy. It fills our home with squeals and cries. At this age, everything to them is "MINE". Brody is struggling on the sharing aspect of toddlerhood, while Wade seems to enjoy the satisfaction of giving his brother everything, maybe before he takes it?? hahaha Wade even feeds B-man and holds his sippy cup for him. It melts my heart to watch Wade be so kind and giving.

Here they are playing peek-a-boo through the chair... And tipping over the coffee table and playing peek-a-boo:
And Wade giving Brody a kiss on the shoulder!
The Wade-man FINALLY needed a haircut...well, kind of! It was getting long and wispy in the back and on top, and we did not want anybody to mistake it for a mullet, so he got a trim! He sat perfectly still in my lap and it did not bother him a bit! Here are a few pics of the little man enjoying his lollipop and posing for Mommy:

Monday, December 14, 2009

Parades, pizza, silly hats and Santa!

We took the boys to their very first parade last Monday night! It was the Fort Walton Beach Christmas Parade and the boys loved it. Brody did lots of dancin' and Wade was in awe. We brought their wagon and all of the kiddos took turns riding in it! The boys took turns on Mr. Larry, Mr. Aaron and Daddy's shoulders. Too cute.

These days are spent dancing and dancing in the Harrell household. Wade throws his arms up and spins in circles and B-man shakes his groove thang...Daddy played in a golf tournament on Friday and Saturday and it was freezing outside. We were looking through all of my old Breckenridge clothes and we came across this dorky hat. All 3 "boys" tried it on!My boys LOVE them some pizza.... After pizza, we got the boys all cleaned up and headed to Bass Pro to see Santa and to walk around the Commons. Santa was not a favorite part of the day. Wade looked extremely uncomfortable and Brody screamed. We were able to get 1 picture! Isn't this picture a classic?

After Santa, we took a stroll through the Commons and saw the biggest Christmas tree! See me and my boys in the bottom left corner?

After Santa, we went over to the HUGE fish tank and the boys were amazed by all of the large fish. All of the sudden, a huge grouper was swimming right towards Wade and it scared him to death! He started crying and jumped into his Daddy's arms... Seriously, what in the world is the deal with the darn fireplace. It is a DAILY battle. Check out this pic of the boys standing up on it and looking at their Daddy, because they know they are not supposed to stand on the fireplace. Guilty little fella's!And here is Todd showing them who is boss!
This is their typical morning routine while we get ready for work. They sit on the floor in the family room and drink their milk and watch Baby Einstein. It is the sweetest thing!
Christmas is less than 2 weeks away....we cannot wait! Merry Christmas Everyone!