One of Payton's Christmas gifts this year was a pair of basketball shoes that he customized himself. He did a really good job and is so excited to get to wear them in his first AAU game of the season in a few weeks. Go Willis! Arkansas Hawks #5 Let's hope these shoes bring him lots of good luck this season! I'm hoping that they'll give him that little lift he needs so he can slam dunk! Ha! Go Payton!
95% of the time we have the pleasure of being around...
Our sweet little Elyse Claire (or EC as she refers to herself). She is a sweet thoughtful, caring, sharing, polite ("Peas", "Tank you"), giggly, ticklish, singing, wonderful young lady.
But the other 5% of the time is not so pretty.
When Eliza comes to visit things are not so peaceful. There are cries. Screams. Shouts of "No!" A little body throwing herself on the floor. Legs kicking. Tears flowing. Her teacher at school says that she is "exerting her independence". She is definitely testing boundaries and seeing what she can get away with.
We now have time-out. And thankfully it seems to work for her. I'm not big on spanking, never have been. I know for lots of people out there it works great, but for me I just have found with both my kids that a time-out and consequences that fit the behavior works well. And I'm comfortable with that. Hopefully that will continue to work for us, but we'll see.
I'm just hoping and praying that Eliza packs her bags and leaves soon. I want my sweet Elyse back...
We had a wonderful Christmas this year and really enjoyed spending time with our family.
On Christmas Eve day Papa came over to exchange gifts with us. He gave Payton some money to pick out new shoes (yes, that boy is obsessed with shoes!). And Elyse got several cool toys including large letter beads and play ice cream cones.
That afternoon we traveled to Joplin on Christmas Eve to spend the day with the Duggers. We had the traditional oyster soup along with some other delicious food made by Nanna. The kids had a blast playing together and opening gifts. Elyse got some dress up clothes, dolls, and all sorts of other fun toys and some cute clothes. Payton got some new Jordan sandals to wear to basketball games (by the way, he's barely taken these off since he got them) and plenty of other Nike clothes. He is one stylish guy now!
Elyse and Poppie
Note to Reader: You will notice that there are a disproportionate number of pictures Elyse and Payton in this post. I promise it is not because I favor one child more than the other... rather it is because of this...
I guess I have to work on my "secret" picture taking skills. Have to snap the shot before he notices it's coming...
Alex and Elyse
Cousin Alex was lookin' so cute in his Christmas sweater! What a handsome little guy.
Katie and Elyse in their matching Christmas dresses. What beautiful little ladies.
Me and my handsome hubby
Elyse was helping Nanna cook
It was sleeting and snowing on Christmas Eve, so our visit in Joplin was cut short as we rushed to get home before the weather got to bad. The drive home was pretty bad. The roads were slick...we passed so many cars that had run off the road. By the time we got to Rogers, the snow was coming down so hard that we could barely see. It was not a fun drive, but Ryan was very careful and got us home safely.
Once home, the kids went straight to bed while Ryan and I stayed up to help Santa assemble some things. On Christmas morning both the kids were so excited to see what Santa had brought. Payton got some new clothes and two new PS3 games that he's really been wanting. Elyse got a castle...
Note to Reader: I realize that she is wearing her dress from Christmas Eve. She slept in her Christmas dress because she just loved it so much!!
Once she saw her castle, she was in heaven. She didn't even open any other presents that morning because she was having so much fun playing princess.
Payton also got some really cool new basketball shoes from Nana. They were personalized just for him. They were his AAU team's colors, had a hawk on the side (Arkansas Hawks is his team), said 5 on the tongue, and had Willis printed on the back. They are so cool!
P-Dub opening presents
Trying to decide which one to open next... Decisions, Decisions.
Meanwhile... Elly is still playing in her castle. Oblivious to all the presents under the tree. :)
We ended up getting about 3 inches of snow. So after opening gifts and eating a yummy breakfast, we headed outside to play. Payton had gone over to his dad's for more gift opening, so it was just the three of us.
Checking out the snow. She didn't want her mittens on so her little fingers got chilly.
Sweet little hand prints.
We had such a wonderful holiday and we are so, so blessed to have such a wonderful family. We love you guys!
Hi! My name is Christy and I started this blog as a way for our out of town family and friends to keep up with us. My husband, Ryan, and I were married on January 1, 2006. We have two beautiful children, Payton and Elyse, who keep us very busy! Ryan works as a Network and Systems Engineer and loves to go camping and kayaking. I teach 2nd grade and love to go running and shopping. Payton is an excellent student and athlete. He plays football, basketball, and runs track. Elyse loves to do art, read books, dance and be tickled. We are so lucky to have an amazing extended family and wonderful friends who we love so much!