It's officially Christmas morning and look what I found under the tree...Sydney! She can't wait to open up gifts!
Aaron is looking super excited too!
It's time to open up the gifts!
I got so many great gifts from my parents, Clint, and the kids. Thank you everyone!
Aaron and Sydney got me the Bible Charts, Maps & Time Lines book that I really wanted! Thanks kids!
Clint was up early making his homemade cinnamon rolls. They are guilty of being delicious!
He makes the best butter cream frosting!
Linn and Eric invited us to their place for dinner. Can you tell Eric's favorite Christmas movie is A Christmas Story? Some-bunny is cooking up something good in the kitchen.
The bread sticks were delicious!
We had chicken Alfredo, steamed veggies and bread sticks. So good! Thank you Rice family!
It's time to open more presents!
Alex is so excited for Syd to open the gifts he got her.
He made her a hand puppet all by himself! How sweet of him!
Phoebe ate part of Pappy's gift (king size snickers bar) so Alex double wrapped some back up gifts...snickers - minis. :o) We got so many great gifts from everyone. Thank you Linn, Eric and Alex!
Linn with her babies, Phoebe and Nala.
Syd and Alex being so well behaved, sitting quietly on the couch. What could they really be up to?
Something tells me these gifts are for Aaron.
His very own poster of his movie Grimsey! What an awesome gift!
Merry Christmas everyone!
It's time to celebrate the Christmas season. Let's add some joy and creativity to the holiday decorating. Deck the halls y'all!
It started to snow... in Georgia! Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!
Adorable snowmen to greet you in the front entryway.
Get cozy near the Christmas tree.
My mother-in-law's snowmen choir.
The Carothers 2013 Gingerbread Houses
Oh the fun of designing and constructing gingerbread houses! It is a great way to make some lasting memories for the Christmas season.
Last year I even went as far as to make the gingerbread house pieces from scratch. Not this year! I'm taking the easy way out! ;o)
We decided to use graham crackers for the house pieces and white chocolate for the "glue" instead of royal icing. I just melted the white chocolate and put it into a piping bag to use as the glue that holds everything together. This made the assembly time go faster because we didn't have to wait for the icing to dry before continuing on with the construction. We simply put the house in the frig for a minute as we were building it to harden the white chocolate. It worked out pretty well.
Of course the best part for the kids is adding on all the candy pieces. You can really get creative with it. Pecans were even used to look like logs which is something I never thought to do before. Cereal was used to make some shingles on the roof.
It is always fun to see what ideas the kids can come with.
This year we also decided to have a little family friendly competition with the construction of the houses. We paired off into two teams of two and the winning team will be treated to Sonic ~ Orange Cream Slushies ~.
We need your help determining who the winners will be by voting on the house that you like most.
We will reveal the creators of the houses as well as the winners tomorrow evening. So hurry up and vote! :D
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