Archive for December, 2011

31
Dec
11

new photo shoot

I got to photograph this beauty on Tuesday!  Click here to see all the extended family!

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30
Dec
11

christmas at grandma’s

Christmas afternoon we drove up to Temple to celebrate with my family.  Here are the four grandkids in front of all the stockings!  Next Christmas there will be one more!  My brother and his wife are having baby #2 in June!!!

Not sure what Rilyn is so happy about, but it probably has to do with opening presents!

grandpa with his girls
Ella watching the boys play with their new cars
one of Ella’s favorite gifts!  To wear at her 6th Tangled birthday party!
Rilyn getting a reward chart to play school at home!
daddy showing Asher his new Cars 2 Leapster game!
29
Dec
11

Christmas morning

We came home from Fort Worth on Christmas Eve and went to our church’s Christmas Eve service.

Christmas Eve

Christmas morning was unusual this year because Asher decided this was the one morning all year where he was going to sleep in! So after we waited and waited, we finally decided to wake him up at 9:30!

sleepy head!

Then we did stockings! The kid’s shepherd’s pouches were replaced with their traditional stockings that I made for them filled with goodies! They made $18 this December in their shepherd’s pouches (Asher was too young to participate.) My favorite part was their public school teachers e-mailing us throughout the month with actions they saw at school that showed a servant’s heart. Both teachers really got into it and I loved that we could share this experience with them! Sadly, the girls didn’t have enough money to buy a goat this year, but they had enough to buy a chicken!  I can’t wait to do this tradition next year!

Christmas morning!

This is my favorite picture of Christmas! We give our kids three gifts each. This was Rilyn’s “spiritual growth” gift. We bought her a nice Bible (with her name inscribed on the front in rainbow colors of course!) and a journal. Do I love my Bible this much? Convicting.

The girls both got nice ear phones for their “need” present b/c James gave them his old ipod.

Asher’s “want” gift was a wall track! He loves it so far and I’m just happy he can’t step on it!

race track!

After presents, we normally eat birthday cake for Jesus, but this year, I made cupcakes!

blowing out the candle!

I still put the layers in them (as best as I could) to represent our sin (chocolate layer), His blood (red layer), our new life in Him (green layer), and His purity and righteousness that covers us (white frosting).

James enjoyed a cupcake too!

After the birthday breakfast, we put the last ornament on the Jesse Tree and read Luke 2. A star to represent that our waiting is over! Jesus is born! The star is shining, the angels are singing, the shepherds are worshiping. Our savior is here!

our Jesse tree
28
Dec
11

a props kind of christmas!

Last Friday we celebrated Christmas with James’ family!  I think the theme this year could be summed up in one word:  Props.  Lots of wigs, hats, and just silliness!

We set up a fun photo booth to show off all the props!

aunt Mandy and Ella
crazy sisters
me and James!

Christmas dinner Paquette style!

present time!
now she can make her own spa masks!
Happy Napper from Justice!
27
Dec
11

Shrek the Halls

We went to Fort Worth last Thursday to celebrate Christmas with James’ family.  Thursday night we went to the Gaylord Texan resort and walked through an ice sculpture exhibit.  It was all characters from Shrek and it was pretty impressive!  The problem was it was 9 degrees in the building and they didn’t offer us gloves to wear, so all our hands were frozen!

Waiting in line to go in…

James parent’s with Asher, Rilyn, and James

Here are the jackets they gave out to wear. Asher’s was a little big, don’t ya think?

Shrek ice sculpture!

Ice slide!

At the very end, they had a beautiful ice exhibit of the nativity scene!

26
Dec
11

baking!

We went to grandma’s house for some pre-Christmas baking last week!  This was Asher’s first time to bake!

pressing the cookie cutter!
frosting time!
25
Dec
11

Merry Christmas!

May your only excess this season be of LOVE and JOY!

photoshop fun!

We chose this theme this year because we are going to be taking Rilyn and Ella to the Dominican Republic on a family mission trip in late July! We live with so much excess in our lives and we want the girls to see how truly blessed from God we are. We know He will do BIG things in the DR with each one of us. Break our hearts for what breaks His. Create in us a renewed love for others. Encourage us to go to the nations in the name of Jesus and spread His Love.
Here are some of the other shots that didn’t make the card, but still cute none the less!

my girls
love Asher’s look here
grrrrrr
mamas boy