Sunday Smilemaker(s)

I have more than one smilemaker today.
My 3 oldest friends and I get together every year with our children and have our own Christmas for them.
This year, the party was hosted at our house. With 8 children under 8 (most of them under 5), there was no shortage of shouts, squeals, crying, laughing, and excitement.

As the evening wound down, everyone gathered up their children and said their goodbyes. As I closed the door behind my friend B, with her little man C (you can find him here… or here), I realized that we don’t do this nearly enough.

Why only once a year?

We’ve been best friends since we were kids. We’ve seen each other through heartbreaks, weddings, divorce, births, deaths and multiple trips to the hospital for any number of injuries and illnesses.

These are the women I trust with my life, and who I am proud to be friends with.

Most of the time 😉

Here are some fun shots from our afternoon together.

Monster got an R/C truck for his gift.  This made him “sooooooo happy!!”

He spent the next 20 minutes racing it back and forth from the living room to the entryway, all the while trying to keep the remote out of the quick hands of little BusyBoy.

The first moment he set it down and turned his back…..


Two Christmases

I love seeing other people’s traditions… since I started blogging, I have had the pleasure of getting to know many fun, interesting and inspirational people.  One of the people I clicked with the most is my bloggy friend, May (Achieving Clarity). I had a fun idea for Christmas post and threw it out to her… as we are many miles away from each other… this was fun !!

Thanks May!

10:00am : the last minute clean-up begins… overseen by my 4 beautiful Santas. My Aunt J <i>made</i> and gave these to me many Christmases ago and they fit perfectly into the kitchen at the new house.

11:00am : anxiously awaiting the arrival of the boys… hubby was picking up Speedy… my guys were being dropped off to my parents at 12, which means they won’t be here until closer to 1pm.

12:00pm : basting the bird… my first actual attempt at cooking a Turkey for others to ingest… many prayers were said that all would be ok 🙂

1:00pm : all of my boys have finally arrived!! Presents are plentiful between Santa, parents, grandparents (x2) and Aunts/Uncles and cousins. 🙂

2:00pm : Grampa checks out the photobook that I made for he and Gramma (my Mom & Dad). A year full of memories captured on 20 pages.

3:00pm : Monster and Gramma set the table to prepare for the yummy meal to come!

4:00pm : the boys check out their loot… enough Lego to keep them busy for weeks… or so you would think.

5:00pm : Hubby and I have a little dance in the kitchen while my Mother attempts to figure out my camera… “Is it set? Can I take a picture with it? Which button do I push?” 🙂  love you Mom. 🙂

6:00pm : time to eat!  Gramma carves the turkey…

7:00pm – by 7 the mess is cleaned up and everyone is relaxing in the living room… which makes it….

….dessert time 🙂

8:00pm : Hubby eats the last of the “Merry Christmas” sugar cookies that I made. They were soooo yummy.

9:00pm – everyone is gone home… boys snug in their beds… life is good. The snowman with the salt & pepper snowballs watches over the house as Hubby and I have a snuggle on the couch.

10:00pm : Lights out… my beautiful tree still shines brightly. Merry Christmas everyone 🙂 Here’s hoping yours was as fantastic as mine 🙂

Don’t forget to visit May to see how her Kansas Christmas went .

xo Linds