Saturday, December 28, 2013

Christmas 2013

Here's a quick re-cap of our Christmas 2013.  We decided to get a family photo on Christmas day in front of our tree just in case this might be our last Christmas in our house since our house is on the market.  Who knows?!?!?

This is how the girls were dressed just a few short days before Christmas!  Yes, North Carolina has crazy weather.  They had been to the splash park and then came home and rode their bikes in their bathing suits.  I think it was about 80 degrees that day.  Luckily, the weather got a bit cooler and it actually felt like Christmas on Christmas day!
We spent a couple days in Jamesville celebrating with my family.  Of course, my mama cooked a big pot of chicken pastry--yum, yum!
Madeline got a Rainbow Loom and she and Lydia were hard at work crafting some cute bracelets!
The girls got some money and gift cards, so of course it was burning a hole in their pockets.  Lydia bought this Rockem' Sockem' Robots game.

While visiting Grammie and PaPa, we also went to see the Windsor Lights!

Over 470,000 lights!  Its just lots of lights and Christmas decorations down a dirt road in a small neighborhood.  Everyone drives through slowly, turns around and drives back through.  The girls stood up and poked their heads out of our sunroof to get a better view.  We headed home Monday night.

We did some baking on Christmas Eve and had a lazy day at home with some visits from friends and our cousins.  We headed to church for the candlelight service.  

After the Christmas Eve service.  Ready to head home and get ready for Santa!

Christmas morning!  The girls were recording with their iPods and cameras.  Margo is behind Lydia.  You just can't see her.  They were just a little bit excited!

Margo with her new AG doll Ruthie.  Whew-wee Margo has some major bedhead!

Lydi-bug striking a pose with a new sleep mask she found in her stocking.

Madeline was excited with some makeup brushes and money that Santa left.

Happy girls!

Annie was a good girl this year.  Santa even left her some treats.

I cooked Christmas breakfast.  This year I added a hash brown casserole.

The spread!

Sausage balls in a new Santa bowl that one of my girl scouts gave me.

Cinnamon and Orange rolls!

More goodies

I didn't go all the way with the decorations this year, but I did have a Christmas centerpiece and some placemats.

After breakfast and playing with toys it was time to head over to Grandma and Grandpa's for more presents and food! Here are all the cousins sitting waiting to open presents.  This year we had some order to the present opening instead of everyone opening everything at once.  They all just took turns and did very well with it.  





Lydia and Caroline

I just realized I didn't get a picture of Madeline opening gifts, but she is in the first picture with all the cousins.  They were all very excited with their gifts.  We then had a very delicious lunch prepared by Grandma.  We had a great day and an early bedtime!!!  We are so blessed!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Christmas is Coming!

We are gearing up for Christmas in the Grimes house.  I took pictures of the girls several weeks ago and they turned out really good! This is not the one I chose for our Christmas card, but I think it's a cute one. 

Lydia had her Christmas piano recital on December 7th.  It was Polar Express themed.  She wore her pajamas.  She played "Favorite Things" and did and excellent job!  She loves piano! 

With Mr. Buddy, her piano teacher, as the conductor!  After the kids played, they had a seat on the train and were served hot chocolate. 

So proud of our little pianist! If you haven't heard Lydia play, I know she would be thrilled to give you a mini-concert!

Margo had her Christmas program at school on Dec. 10th.  She sang her little heart out with the rest of the Kindergarteners and first graders. 
Margo all dressed up to see Santa at Breakfast with Santa--which happened to be at the exact same time as Lydia's piano recital.  Grandpa took Margo and Madeline to that. 
Margo with Brianna and Mackenzie and Santa and Mrs. Claus. 

Double Trouble!!!  These two sure do love each other and are almost attached at the hip at all school and social events. 
Margo with her sweet Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Pilkington.  She loves her so much.  If you look closely, you'll see Mrs. Pilkington holding a purple post-it note under her phone.  Margo had written her a note telling her she loved her.   
My dancers....ready for the Smithfield Christmas parade.  They did a great job.  It was freezing cold and they were all bundled up. 
Margo with Brianna and Addison 
Lydia and Lauren 
Madeline, Lydia and Lauren 
Dancing in the street! 
Tis the season....we have been busy, but are ready for a few weeks to relax and reflect on our many blessings.  Annie is ready for Christmas too! 

Friday, November 22, 2013

Halloween 2013

Halloween 2013
Lots of pictures from a busy season.  Enjoy!!!

Honey Boo Boo

Southern Belle


Pumpkin Pi  (get it???)
Spending time with friends after tirck-or treating!

Madeline and Mary Margaret

Lauren, Lydia and Faith

Margo, Rachel and Addison

The Gang


Lydia had several costumes for all the Halloween events she attended.  Those old dance costumes sure do come in handy!

Ready for the Fall Festival at Church.
Margo and Brianna....Double Trouble!

Pinterest inspired Trunk or treat creation for our van.

Halloween at Piano Lessons!

With Mr. Buddy!

Is Annie the Big Bad Wolf??  Little Red Riding Hood ready for a Spooktakular night at the gym!

Hope everyone had a Happy HOWL-O-WEEN!