Monday, January 5, 2015

Christmas and New Years 2014

A recap of our holidays as I sent all off to school and work today
It went toooo fast!

Christmas party at Pre-school for Lulu

Dress as your favorite character party for Jaida and Xin at school.
Fancy Nancy

Cool China dragon suit for Xin

Finals finished for the "Bigs" and school out!!!
We then attended a short basketball tournament for Julia Friday and Saturday about an hour away.
The "Bigs" then went home with my parents for their annual Christmas visit and Will and I enjoyed time with the "Littles" alone for dinner and a movie.
And a little gingerbread aka graham cracker house making!

We picked the Bigs up and had dinner at my parents.

Christmas Eve arrived!

With the annual reading of "Twas the Night before Christmas"

We said goodbye to Coco as he awaited the arrival of Santa in Sam's stocking.

And the looooong awaited morning!!! 

They must wait on the stairs until we check to see if Santa came!
Excitement overflowing!!!!

My parents then come over for dinner and more presents.

Our new tradition

The next morning we then headed to Will's parents in Statesboro for Christmas with his family.

Then the next morning Julia, Sam and I departed early to pick Julia's best friend Haley up from the airport in Atlanta.
These two have been friends since birth! Such a special and dear friendship!

We visited the Columbia Zoo Christmas Lights, which was a long standing tradition with Haley's family before they moved.

We did the Swiss Raclette grill one night...always fun and oh so yummy!

Sadly, we had to say goodbye to Haley way too soon because Julia was invited to play in the Disney College Showcase soccer tournament in Orlando FL with a team from Atlanta. Julia's teammate was also invited to play so she came with us.
We were able to do a little sightseeing and braved the rain to go to the Disney Boardwalk.

Playing at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex was an amazing opportunity!
They had over 50 college coaches at their game against the #1 team from Rhode Island.

We took in a movie in groups. Little girls to Annie, boys to Harry Potter and big girls to Unbroken.

On the last day of play a rainbow appeared over the soccer fields!

We then crammed into the car for a 7 hour trip home.

Of course waiting for us were all the holiday decorations that needed to be put away, a mound of laundry, trip to the grocery store and filling out the 2015 calendar!
Today all are back in school and work and the house is quiet.
I miss them all!
All the craziness!
Hope your holidays were wonderful!
Blessings in 2015!

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