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The Collins Family

Saturday, December 12, 2009

What Santa Doesn't Bring Me...

What Santa Doesn't Bring Me, Grandma Will!
The kids received these darling pj's in the mail as a surprise from their Grandma LaLa. Can you tell they are definitely spoiled. And I noticed that there is nothing mentioned about PaPa on the pj's...I guess that will teach him not to leave ALL the Christmas shopping up to Grandma.

This morning we braved the cold and misting rain to see Santa and watch the local parade. We first stopped off at the library so each of the kids could sit on Santa's lap. Jaidyn and Addy were prepared as they both had items on their list that they wanted him to know about. Jaidyn also asked Santa if he liked apples. Lately she has been very concernced about Santa and his big belly. She is worried that if he keeps eating cookies he won't fit down the chimneys anymore. She has decided that we are setting out milk and apples for Santa on Christmas Eve. Levi did not like Santa at all and wanted nothing to do with him. We did torture him for a few seconds just so we could get a picture of him on Santa's lap.

We haven't even made a dent in the Halloween candy and now after the parade we have refilled the candy bowl. Ugh! Levi wouldn't wear his gloves and his poor little fingers had to be frozen. He didn't seem to notice because he must have thought picking up candy and putting it in the bag was a game as it completely occupied him.



Yesterday, I was able to spend some time with my college roomate, Kristin and her daughter Elise.
Jaidyn and Addy always raid Nana's dress-up clothes closet (clown and cheerleader outfits) and also dressed Elise up with a little pink cape.
It was so nice to spend time with the two of them. And I am so glad to see that Elise is doing so well. Her family is currently living in Florida so it may be several years before we are able to get together again. We had planned that we would live with our backyards connecting after college so our kids could grow-up and play together, but it just quite hasn't worked out that way yet. :)


Joanne said...

The kids look so cute in their pj's and I love all their pics especially the one of Levi with Santa. Holidays at your house always look like so much fun. Very festive! :) Happy Holidays to your whole family. So many things to be thankful for!

Brett said...

Hi Jenny,

Thank you for your comment on my Jenna post. Jenna came through the surgery fine. She cried for awhile afterwards but once we left the hospital she was fine and back to her old self. Even though these surgeries are simple for doctors they are not simple for us. They scare the kids (and us) and they do hurt them to some degree. This was Jenna's 3rd set of tubes and they do seem to help with clearing up her ear infections. Unfortunately at least with Jenna they don't seem to last long.

I have been keeping up reading your blog and you do a great job with it. It looks like Levi is happy to be where he is and his sisters love having a little brother. We finalize Ryan's adoption next Friday. Hopefully they won't put him on the stand - sometimes he still says he wants to go back and live with Mama Nora (foster mother) but he uses it as a manipulation ploy when he's mad that we won't let him do or have something he wanted. He was pretty spoiled and we are still working on undoing it gradually. They have never put our kids on the stand before, but they do put us on the stand to promise to always care for them, love them, and meet their needs for health and education.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Years to your family!!

Allison Family said...

Love the Santa pictures especially the screaming picture. Jay-R was hestitant to sit on Santa's lap and he's 6 years of age. It's funny...as parents we tell our kids not to talk to strangers and then we sit them on the lap of a strange Santa! Makes a cute picture, though! Enjoy the holidays!

Renee and Brian said...

Those are the cutest pj's! The picture of the kids with them on is adorable. It sounds like the kids loved picking up the candy at the parade. That was always my favorite part too. I think that it's a good idea to leave apples for santa, that was a very smart thinking on Jaidyn's part!

Jill Plassmeyer said...

Love the pics of the kids with Santa, especially Levi! Poor guy!

filipinobambino said...

Hee hee, the three pictures of the kiddos on Santa's lap made me giggle out loud. The contrast of the girls faces to Levi's face cracks me up. I'm certain that's what Ezekiel would have done had we done the Santa thing.