Thursday, December 25, 2008

Our afternoon tea

Saturday December 20th
We got tickets to see "A Christmas Carol" about a month ago. Every year we try to go to a Christmas show/play. Now I am sure you are wondering who the "WE" are. It includes the following : Myself, Emily, Deanna, Beth, Colleen, Carla, Tina and Chelsey. Now this year the "WE" included the following: Myself, Emily, Beth, Deanna, Carla, Alex and Chelsey. We were going to go out to eat before the play at the Cheesecake Factory. I was really looking forward to this day. Now as you may know it snowed. It was just a couple inches a couple days before we were suppose to go. The day before the play it continued to snow and snow and snow. The day we were suppose to go it was still snowing and was going to snow up to 12 more inches that night. Our play was at 7 pm in Seattle. So we decided to play it safe and not go :0( Which ended up being a smart decision. So instead of going to the play we went out for lunch to the tea house in town. Not all the girls could make it due to the weather. It was nice to get out of the house and visit with some of my favorite girls. Lunch was yummy and the snow was falling the whole time. We all made it home safely too.

(L to R Courtney (Chelsey's sister), Chesley, Beth, Me and Emily)
Thanks girls for the fun afternoon :0)

Christmas at The Gatlins

Merry Christmas ! ! !
We started our day out waking up around 6:30 to see what Santa brought us at our house.

Kids opening up their stockings.

Charlie got a Doodle Pro.

Jake got some CARS.

Annie got some M & M's.

Kenny was a little slower than the others but got the job done.

Opening presents from Santa.

The aftermath of opening all their presents.

Now it's off to Grandma and Grandpa Gatlins :0)
We had a little trouble getting out of our neighborhood but we made it there safely. The road going to Grandma's house was not drivable by our van. So Jeff and Bill drove their trucks down (they are 4 wheel drive) to take us and our presents to our waiting family. We have such wonderful family to take us safely to Grandma's. Thank you Bill and Jeff for being our taxi's for the day :0) Grandpa made a yummy turkey and all the fixings. We had about 25 or so people over for dinner. Always a wonderful time and full bellys.
Here are some pictures from our fun day.

Jake and Charlie opening some of their many presents.

Jake and his present from Jeff, Carla and their family.

Kenny with his movie from Auntie D and Uncle Bill.

JR got Fifa Soccer 2009 for his PSP from his Dad.

Annie knitting in Grandma's room.
She got a basket with knitting and sewing stuff in it.
She loves it :0)

Our family :0)
Possibly a picture for next year !?!

I hope you all had a wonderful day with your families.
I am very thankful for everything our families got for us and especially thankful for the many blessings God has given us.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Snow Day Fun

December 18, 2008

Alright so it started out with just a dusting of snow on Tuesday night which caused school to be 2 hrs. late on Wednesday. With all the snow that melted on Wednesday during the day caused the roads to be wet now froze overnight and very dangerous. During the night we got about 2 to 3 inches of snow. With the new snow on top of the frozen roads caused the schools to be closed. Through out the day it continued to snow ALOT. By the time JR got home from work @about 2:30; we had about 5 to 6 inches on the ground. We all got bundled up and headed out to play in the snow. Here are some pictures from the day.

I took this picture when I got up.
I thought this was a good amount until I took the next picture.
I took this picture after JR got home from work.
Quite the difference in snow on the van.
Playing in the front yard with the kids and Granger.
Kenny all ready for fun in the snow.

Annie Beth with a BIG snowball.
Jacob got a snowball to the face and was happy about it for some reason.
Charlie and his attempt of a snowball.
Daddy ready for playing with the kiddies.
Charlie making a snow angel.
Jacob making his snow angel.
Daddy and the kids.
Mommy and the kids.
All of us; maybe a picture for next years Christmas card ?!?

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Christmas Time is Here

Sunday Dec. 7th
All the Gatlins' headed to the "Christmas Traditions Tree Farm" in the search for their families Christmas tree. We all headed out in different directions looking for the perfect tree for them. We all chose different types of trees.

Before we headed out in our search for the "perfect tree"

"Help me Daddy ! ! "
The hill was just a little too steap for Kenny to walk up by himself.

We found our "prefect tree"

Daddy did the dirty work as Charlie watched

Such a strong guy :0)

The Gatlin Family Christmas Tree 2008

Charlie put the star on top; like he does every year

All lit up and oh so pretty

"The stockings were hung with care in hopes that Santa will soon be there"

Our house all lit up.
JR did a wonderful job hanging the lights like he does every year :0)

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Our Characture

Weekend with JR

JR got sent down to San Diego on the 3rd of Nov. and would be there until the 8th of Dec. He would miss Thanksgiving with the family. And he would also miss our anniversary too; which was on Thanksgiving this year. We celebrated 9 years this year. The day after Thanksgiving I got to fly down and celebrate our anniversay with JR. I was there from Friday night to Monday early afternoon. He worked Friday night and Saturday night but got off early. He didn't have to go into work on Sunday so we headed north to Disneyland for the day. And what a fun day it was :0)
We started out by going to California Adventure. We went and watched Muppets in 3D. So cool. After that we went to see Monsters Inc. and then we went to the Bugs Life show. Now that was kinda weird but still cool. We walked around Paradise Pier and found something to eat for lunch. After lunch we went and had our characture done. It turned out really good; we think :0) Before we left that park we found some prizes for our kids.
Before we headed into Disneyland we took our treasures back to the car so we could go on rides. We went on the Matterhorn (my first time), Star Tours, Indiana Jones and Pirates of the Carribean. It was such a fun day and to see it all decorated for Christmas made it more beautiful. This was my second time to Disneyland. We stayed and watched the fireworks and the finale . . . . the snow.
Now that was so neat :0) It was a very long day.
Here are some of the things we did and saw :

Before we started our fun day

Me and Minnie Mouse


Mickey Mouse

If you look closely you can kinda see the snow

Look I am taller than Mickey

It's a Small World all lit up and looking magical

Snow White's Castle

JR's livingroom

The pool

The view from the livingroom

My pretty flowers from JR