Sunday, December 16, 2012

More Christmas

We had another weekend of Christmas fun. The girls love all parts of Christmas, the decorations, the lights and most important learning of baby Jesus. Its fun to watch them take it all in.

On Saturday, I took Gracie to a birthday party and Lizzie went with Wes to Home Depot. Both girls had fun. When Gracie and I were done with the party we met up with Wes and Lizzie to get ice cream. After ice cream, Lizzie wanted to go ice skating. Wes and I thought the Galleria would be fun to skate around the Christmas tree. Apparently, everyone in the metroplex had the same idea. The mall was so crowded and traffic was crazy. Somehow, Wes was able to find a parking spot. When we got to the ice skating rink, it was packed. The line was long and we were told it was a 30 minute wait. After waiting a while and talking Gracie out of skating, we looked at the decorations in the mall. As we were headed out, Slappy's Holiday Circus was going to start soon. Because we had no where to be, we stayed to watch. It was great! The girls loved every minute of it.
Pretending to ice skate around a smaller tree

Ready for the next Olympics in ice dancing?

It took a lot for them to sit next to this Santa
That night, we met with with Nana and went to Grapevine. Again, everyone in town decided to be there too. We fought lots of people but had a fun time. Lizzie and Gracie loved the little village they had set up.

Sunday was another big day. We had church in the morning. Then that afternoon, we went caroling with our Sunday school class at a rehab facility near the house. We had 23 people show up including kids. We had a really fun time and the residents there seem to really enjoy our singing. We aren't experts but had tons of fun anyway. After singing, we went to dinner. It was a great experience and the kids all loved it! We had a couple of people request songs. One man asked if we could sing to his wife. He asked for Silent Night and sang along with us. I could tell it meant a lot to him and brought some joy to their day.
Check it out Shaun, you made the blog! :)

They even stopped bingo so we could sing

Our last adventure of the day was a trip to see Santa. Every year, we visit this Santa. This year was a big year for the Potters. Lizzie and Gracie walked right up to Santa and sat on his lap. Amazing progress for two little girls who were terrified of him last year.
Lizzie and Gracie with Santa
Gracie with Santa
Lizzie with Santa
This has been a really fun year for Christmas. The girls really get what's going on and understand more and more about celebrating Jesus' birthday. One of my favorite parts of the week was the peanut Jesus that Gracie made. She was so proud of it. Also, the girls really love looking at the nativity. They understand more and more about the Christmas story.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Christmas Program

Today was the girls Christmas program at school. They were so cute and did a great job. The girls were a couple of sheep. They sang three songs. Their teachers put them close so we could see both of them.

The scene

The Christmon tree. I love looking at it

The stars of the show

Silly face

Sweet Gracie


After the show

sweet sisters

At the reception

Tummies full of cookies

Last year, Wes was traveling for work and missed the program. I'm so happy he could make it this year!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Merry Christmas from the Potters!

Here is our Christmas card. Each year I only publish it electronically.  


I hope you have a joyful Christmas and take a chance to celebrate Christ's birth. 

Merry Christmas, 
The Potter

Monday, December 10, 2012

2nd Sunday of Advent

This Sunday was so busy! We had a great day. Our first activity of the day was the Cookie Jamboree. It is a really event that the United Methodist Women put on where they bake and sell cookies. The girls were so excited about picking out their cookies.
Can't wait for cookies!

Daddy paying and getting the box

Yummy donuts before heading to Sunday school
 During the service, the girls sang with the other four year olds. They did a great job. Its so cute to see them sing. For more singing, we attended the Christmas Pops at our church. It was so fun and a great success!
Waiting for the show to start

Nana and Lizzie
The girls did really well through the shows. It was so much fun!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Getting into the Spirit!

This past week started our Christmas activities. All week, we looked at Christmas lights in the evenings. Put up our inside decorations. Then this weekend, we had more fun with several activities.

On Saturday, Wes and the girls put up all the Christmas lights on the outside of the house. The girls loved helping him. The lights look good, I'll have to take a picture later. That night, we went to the Christmas parade and then a live Nativity. The girls were fascinated by the Nativity.

On Sunday, we started Advent at church. That afternoon, we went to the Birthday in Bethlehem. The girls got to be "wise men" in the Nativity and were dressed the part. That evening, we had our Sunday school party. Lots of really yummy food and fellowship.

Our fun clothes

Playing the part of wise men

So cute
We are ready to have a fun month of Christmas activities!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Thanksgiving 2012

We had a really fun Thanksgiving. We traveled to Oklahoma to see family. The girls had a great time playing with their cousins! We were there from Wednesday and through Sunday. For my birthday, I got a new camera and I took a ton of pictures.

We left Wednesday morning and had lunch with my family.

Gracie on the car ride to OKC

Lizzie and Molly (our dog) in the back

Grandma and Papa with all their "babies"
Thursday, we had a house full of people at my mom and dad's. I think my mom said about 20 people. We had a ton of fun and ate lots of yummy food. The girls were lucky and Nana got to come too.
Ready for Thanksgiving

Kids are ready to eat

Cousins playing in the leaves

My sister, Laura, and I

Look how big Dawson is getting!
On Friday, my sister and I met up with Angie, our cousin, and did some shopping and had breakfast. It was fun. Also, we went to visit Grandma and Grandpa Potter.
Gracie and Grandma Potter

The girls playing with Grandpa Potter

Lizzie and Grandma Potter
Saturday was a really special day! It was my birthday! I had a good birthday. My family took us to a Mexican restaurant that we hadn't been to and it was yummy. After lunch, we visited with my Grandma and Aunt Betty and did a little more shopping. Wes made pumpkin muffins and grilled steaks for dinner. It was a great birthday!
Laura, Gracie, my mom and Grandma

On my birthday
Today, we had lunch at my sisters and the kids played. They had so much fun. Gracie loves to let my sister's dog Roscoe climb all over her. The dogs love their play time together.
Molly and Roscoe

Having fun with the dogs

Wrestling Roscoe

Sam and Lizzie

Sydney and Gracie
 It was a fun weekend and busy weekend. Now, the girls are excited about Christmas. We put up our tree as soon as we got home.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Fall Pictures

Again this year, we had our pictures taken with Allison during the mini session with my twin group. She does such a great job and we are always pleased with our pictures. Here are some of them.

Love them!