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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas from Fort Worth!

We hope everyone had a Merry Christmas! We had a good celebration at home by ourselves for the first time this year. Jennifer was a little nervous and emotional (as stated in her previous post) at first about being here for the holidays with only the three of us, but it turned out to be one of our most memorable Christmas' yet. Here are some pictures.

Christmas morning PJ's (courtesy of Mama Jo).
Look how much Hannah has grown since last year.
We started the weekend off right by making coffee cake on Christmas Eve morning.

Jennifer in the kitchen cooking away.

Jennifer made Hannah some play-dough for Christmas, and she loved it! Here is where she found the recipe.

Hannah opening her mop and broom. Now she is equipped to help clean the house.

We put an orange in her stocking. "I think this is how you eat it, right?"

We also got her a new winter coat. Look at our little model. I think she likes the camera :)

Here is the spread that Jennifer made for lunch. Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, squash casserole, glazed carrots, rolls, and double chocolate cake with white chocolate icing. Yikes! We were so stuffed that we promptly passed out right after lunch! And, yes, that is our nice china and Pyrex on the same table...don't laugh.

I think it was the cake that put us over the edge.

A final parting shot from Hannah......Cheese!!!

Merry Christmas everyone! We hope you had a blessed day celebrating Jesus' birthday!

"La Posada" (The Inn)

I looked and looked for a live nativity in the area to take Hannah to this Christmas and finally found a great one last Monday night not too far from our house. They had it set up where a crowd gathered at a church one mile from the actual nativity scene and we walked behind "Mary and Joseph" to remember their pilgrimage to Bethlehem.

And I have to say, it was pretty emotional for me. When your 8 months pregnant, you cry at just about anything (this has been true of my pregnancies anyway). I cry pretty much on a regular basis now. I cried one night when Scott was reading to Hannah because I thought it was such a sweet moment, I cry pretty much every Sunday in church, I started crying the other day when I was making our holiday grocery list, and I cried today when I saw a lost dog sign because I started thinking about Blue and Sarah. So the scene of Joseph leading Mary on a donkey to bring our Savior into the world sent me over the edge. I was trying to hold back a river of tears because there were so many people around. I didn't want them to think I was going into labor.

But I couldn't help but think of how Mary felt. I mean I only walked a mile and by the end I wanted to push the fake Mary off the donkey and ride it myself. I was uncomfortable and tired. I kept thinking if I do go into labor right now (for some reason) I could go to a clean hospital with wonderful physicians to have my baby. Mary was walking toward uncertainty...toward a dirty stable and barnyard animals. Yet she trusted God. She trusted His plan and brought Jesus into the world. What a wonderful way to usher in the Christmas season! Remembering the baby. Remembering Him. Our perfect Savior with the perfect plan.

Here are some pictures from that night:

Hannah kept wanting to eat the candle at the church.

She made the pilgrimage in her back-pack.

Mary and Joseph. We kept telling Hannah that a donkey says "he-haw," but she insisted that it sounded something like "brrrrr" and proceeded to make that noise the WHOLE mile.

The angels appeared to the shepherds in the field.
The wise men came to worship the Baby King! (This was a really cool to watch).

They also had a petting zoo set up nearby, so after the story was told, we let Hannah go see all the other animals.

We had such a great time and I hope to make this one of our annual Christmas traditions.

Christmas with Nana and Pappy

Since I'm almost 8 months pregnant, we decided not to travel for Christmas this year. However, our families have been very gracious and decided to come see us instead. Last weekend the Canyon crew made the trek to Cowtown and we celebrated with them and Mama Jo.

We started with a wonderful meal at Mama Jo's (sorry Mama Jo....I didn't get any pictures). But you should have seen the spread. She had a beautiful table set and filled our plates with beef tenderloin, salad, homemade macaroni, broccoli, and pecan pie for was delicious!! She gave us all sock monkey pj's (I'll post a picture of those later). Thanks Mama Jo!

Then we came back to our house and opened presents with Nana, Pappy, Aunt Anne, and Uncle Wiwi (William). Here are a few highlights...

Hannah got us started by opening hers first. She loves to open presents. She says, "Oh wow!" over and over.

Later in the day after Dad and Pappy put it together. It's called a Kid Active (which is perfect for my active kid) and she loves it. She jumps and jumps all her energy out!

Uncle Wiwi (the tennis player) got Hannah her very own racket and tennis balls.

Hubby scored big time and got some Cotton Bowl tickets (I get to go too)!!!

Hannah also got a tent and sleeping bag...she got a little static electricity while playing in it.
Thanks everyone for coming to see us this year. Christmas wouldn't have been the same without your visit!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Twas the night before Christmas

Merry Christmas Eve!


Hannah and I were staying warm and stylin' yesterday in our track suit and Uggs. There is something I love about dressing like my daughter....sorry Hannah.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Handmade Holidays

This Christmas season we've had lots of fun around the Hubley house making things for others and ourselves. If you know me at all, you know I love Christmas. I love the smells, the music, the aromas, the family gatherings, and most of all the expectant waiting of the birth of Jesus (more on our family advent in a later post).

I'm one of those annoying people who starts listening to Christmas music the day after Thanksgiving and I light my "Fire on the Mountain" Circle E candle everyday. Scott is really a trooper. So with the music turned up loud and the smell of cinnamon in the air, Hannah and I have been creating a few things for the holidays.

First, I saw on Kirby's blog this adorable (and simple) little dishtowel dress and thought it would be so cute on little Hannah Mae. Sorry about the dark photos. I used my phone to take them.

Then, I was trying to think of something to give Hannah's teachers and a few others and thought this sugar scrub was perfect! I used the recipe from good 'ole Martha Stewart. I added peppermint essential oil to give it a refreshing holiday scent.

Next, Hannah and I made these Candy Cane Kiss Cookies for Scott's co-workers and some of our neighbors. A friend made them for me and they are officially my favorite Christmas cookie. Hannah really likes helping me bake...especially when we're making some sort of chocolate cookie!

And I finally got our stockings finished! I found all this great material at a garage sale in our neighborhood about six months ago and had no idea what I was going to do with it. I just bought it because I knew it was really $$ in the store. I finished them a couple of weeks ago and had them embroidered. Now, I need to make one more for next year! (Disclaimer: I can't remember the website where I found this tutorial, so I apologize stocking blog lady. Please don't sue me.)

I have a few other projects I've been working on, but they're gifts so I can't show them yet....stay tuned! I know...such a cliff-hanger.

Merry Christmas!!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Bubble Wrap

You know it is going to be a good day when you get a package with an excessive amount of bubble wrap ;)