Sunday, December 27, 2009

~ Christmas Eve ~

Terral and I enjoyed our Christmas Eve. We traveled back to Greenwood from Northwest Arkansas in the rain. The rain was yucky but the snow made up for it!! We attended the 2nd Christmas Eve service and I was truly blessed and reminded of how blessed I am. I do not know how the first service went at FBC- Greenwood, but the 2nd one was so warm and inviting. The McKinney boys sang a duet, What Child Is This? One played the keyboard and the other played the guitar and they both sang. It was really good. They just lost their mother a couple of weeks ago and for them to get up on stage and use their gifts to glorify God was amazing! They did a great job. It was an honor to get to sing with the praise team in the service, but seeing Hudson was so precious. While I was on stage, all had their candles lit and all were singing Silent Night. When I looked out into the crowd I spotted Hudson. There he was, this sweet little angel sitting so still and precious holding his little candle so sweetly. All you could see was his little face lit up by the candle light. I wish I would have had a camera!! It was a priceless moment. I will never forget it!!

After the service it was snowing!! The kids were so excited, we were too!! So, we went home, the kids put out cookies and milk, and snuggled up in Lauren's bed. Terral and I started working like busy little bees. It was fun preparing the presents for the kids. Filling the stockings, wrapping the presents, and eating late night pizza and ice cream. Spending that time with Terral was precious to me. He really was sent to me by God!! I do not thank God for him enough!!

Love, Shaina
Hudson's football boy! He received both Manning boys!
I love Terral's face here. He was so happy for her!!

Lauren was so excited!!

The three children!!
Everyone had to help Jasper!

He liked his gifts.

Sweet boy!

The Meeker family on Christmas Day!

Kids with Grandma and Grandpa
Christmas was a lot of fun! The kids did not wake up until about 8:30 or so. I woke up to Hudson showing me his toothbrush from his stocking. He was really excited about it. Terral and I went into the living room and gave the kids their presents. Hudson opened his presents first. Then he helped his sister. She was so excited to open her wii. She has been wanting that for awhile. It has been played with a lot since it has been opened.
After we opened presents I made eggs, biscuits, and bacon and the kids played in the snow. We had Terral's parents over for Christmas dinner. Terral and I made ham, mashed potatoes, carrots, green beans (with bacon), deviled eggs, cranberry sauce, homemade mac -n- cheese, and rolls. It was so good! I wanted to have a Christmas dinner, so we made it! Terral was a huge help. My deviled eggs turned out really well. I was so glad. I have only made them once and they were terrible! I LOVE to cook. For dessert we had brownies and homemade chocolate chunk cookies. It was so nice to just be at home! That was my favorite part!! I really enjoyed being with my children and wonderful husband! I love them so much!!
Love, Shaina

Our little snowman
Their newest creation.

No snow left!!

Fun on the 4-wheeler.

Looking out on Brother and Sister!

So fun!

Before they went out. Hudson insisted on wearing that scarf!!
I was so thankful for the snow! I can't believe we has a white Christmas! The kids had a great time playing in the snow. It was so cold!! Terral took them out on the 4-wheeler. I think he had more fun than them!! I loved the little snowman. He was cute. There is still a little of him left in the yard!!
Love, Shaina

Jasper loves his little monkey!

Uncle Blake is very interesting!
Opening presents.


My Aunt Tina and I.
The boys in their white shirts!

My brother Blake and I. (Wish he would cut his hair!)

Aunt Yvonne and I.

Stephanie and I, my other sister!
These pictures are from Christmas with my family. We had a great time. We went to Rogers and had dinner at my cousin's house and all my Aunts were there. They play such a huge part in my life! I love them all! I love to take pictures when everyone is all together. Stephanie is my cousin Cody's fiancee. It is crazy how much we are alike!! Terral and Cody always tease us about being sisters!! She is such a sweetie!!
My cousin Megan, Lauren, and Jasper

Cody and Jasper
I love all my family! I am always so glad when we can all get together! It is always such a blast!!
Love, Shaina

~ 7 months old ~



Jasper and I
I absolutely adore this little guy!! He makes me melt!! He lights up when I walk into the room like I am the best thing in the world! I take advantage of every precious moment I have with him. He is such a joy! He hardly ever cries,basically when he is hungry. He just turned seven months old. Yes, I said 7 months old!! I can hardly believe it!
7 Months:

- sits up
- smiles all the time
- gets on his hands and knees
-weighs 19 pounds and 3 ounces
- plays with his toys and his brother and sister
- sleeps through the night (sometimes!)
- eats fruits, cereal, and vegetables
- still nurses!!
I could go on and on!!! For those of you who have 2 children and are contemplating #3, GO FOR IT!! There is something about that third baby!!
Love, Shaina