Monday, December 26, 2011

Our Christmas

Hello again my friends. I hope you all have had a lovely holiday. We managed to have a pretty good one here even though our big trip to Florida was cancelled and we had some money saved for the trip. We managed to celebrate for 3 days. Wanna see what we did?

Dec. 23
On Dec. 23 we decided to load our kids up and head down to the Cincinnati Zoo to the PNC Festival of Lights. We got a little lost in the city trying to find the zoo but once we arrived we had loads of fun. We paid for the Total Experience Package which included unlimited Carousel rides and unlimited Train rides. It also included a 4D movie. We could choose between Happy Feet and The Polar Express. The choice was a no brainer...Polar Express. The movie was awesome. It was in 3D but they had snow they blew at you, you could smell the hot cocoa and the pine of the Christmas tree in the movie. If you ever make it there the movie is a must see!!!!!

Here we had made it to the gingerbread land and I snapped this pic of my hubby and kiddos looking at Santa's Reindeer.

Just above the gingerbread land was the carousel. Here are my girls laughing and having a wonderful time.

This was my boys' first experience on a carousel! Sj was a little too short to ride by himself so I got to ride too!

Here, as you can see, my kiddos wrestled a loose alligator to the ground. 
Oh was a statue! Hope looks like she is beating it in the head and Eddie seems a little smug doesn't he.

Here, Eddie is has the weight of the world on his shoulders.

Faith points to were we are in the jungle.

Hope is trying to pick up the world.

And Sj is holding up the world like Superman.

After walking around a bit and looking at animals and since night was falling we decided to take the train ride to look at all of the Christmas Lights the zoo had on display.

Here you can see Faith patiently waiting in line for the train.

Poor little Sj was still not feeling up to par from his being sick but here he is VERY excited to ride the train.

Eddie is waiting very patiently as well.

Here is Hope making a weird face at me while we waited. 

Unfortunately, this is the only picture I took of all the lights :( I had a major ditzy moment when I uploaded my pics to my computer. I have to say the Zoo was absolutely GORGEOUS! Tons and tons of lights everywhere and I wish I would have taken more pictures of them!!!

Dec. 24

On Christmas Eve we decided to make Santa some cookies hoping he would show up at our house!
My hubby is a pro at cutting out and rolling out cookie dough.

What goes best with homemade sugar cookies? Homemade icing and sprinkles! We had white, red, green, blue, and yellow icing. We also had snowflake and gingerbread sprinkles. We also had a container with cute colored sugars and sprinkles.

Tinkerbell also got in on the action. She has flour all over her nose!

Can you tell someone is missing?

Poor Eddie caught what his brother had and was snuggled in his bed with a fever! Poor little guy.

Look it is my hubby and I holding hands with an angel watching over us!

My youngest kiddo is really concentrating hard on decorating his cookies.

Faith (in pink) and Hope are having tons of fun.

My hubby made a not so Christmasy Darth Vader cookie.

Here is half of our decorated cookies. The kids did a great job!

Dec. 25

My kids didn't think Santa was going to show up at our house because they had already opened their presents and because we were supposed to be in Florida! To their surprise, they had a stocking full of goodies and each one of them had a gift from Santa under the Christmas tree!

Here you can see our two kitties, Wickett and Daisy wondering why everyone is so excited.

Santa brought Hope the movie Garfield.

Eddie who was still sick got a car that would go, flip over, and go again.

Sj got a set of monster trucks!

And Faith, our little singer, got a microphone.
Our kids couldn't believe that Santa came to our house! They were certain they wouldn't have anything to open on Christmas morning. Thank goodness for sneaky Christmas Eve shopping to make sure they were not disappointed!!!

And on a family note, in one of my past posts I said we were trying to find a nice home for two of our pets. Our bunny and our lab mix. Well, we did find both of them really good homes! The bunny is now the favorite playmate for a family with a little boy and our lab mix (seen below) found a new home on Christmas Eve. She is with a nice family who has a huge yard, who also has a wiener dog and two kiddos. We wish them well.
Well that is all for tonight everyone! As I said before I hope you all have had a wonderful holiday! 

Be Blessed.


  1. Oh Erin, I am so glad everything worked out for you. I love that your husband is so intent on decorating those cookies. Merry Christmas and I hope the rest of the holiday is good for you and your family.

  2. I'm so glad that you got to "save Christmas"!! I still would like to pop that rental company in the eye. Love seeing all the fun you all had!!

      *H*A*P*P*Y* *N*E*W* *Y*E*A*R*!*
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  3. What a lovely Christmas!! Much love to you and your family!!

  4. I'm so pleased you all had a fun time after your disappointment. The cookies look delicious. Get well wishes to your sick little oy. Xx

  5. Great pics Erin!!!
    Your kids all look so happy ♥
    Heres hoping the new year brings you much love and light:)))
    Best wishes