Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Christmas and New Years 2011

The past couple of weeks have flown by in the Murphy household. We had a great Christmas and New Year's and hope all of you did as well. Our Christmas break started on Dec 22,which was the last day of work for Pat and I,and also the day that Aunt Kathy Murphy came into town. We got to spend some time with her before all of the craziness of the holidays fully hit. The evening of the 22nd we went to visit the Dressigs. Chris was in town from Texas and we wanted to see him and give them their gifts. The kids had gotten presents for their soon- to- be-born twins and were excited to give them to them. We went out to dinner with Pat's family and had a pre-holiday celebration the 23rd. On Christmas Eve,we went to church and then to my Aunt Marianne and Uncle Nick's house for our traditional meal. The kids loved seeing their cousins and getting lots of presents from the extended family.

Kids grabbing their presents for each other on Christmas Eve

Katie opening her present on Christmas Eve

Seamus opening his present on Christmas Eve

Helena opening her Present on Christmas Eve

Katie in Reindeer horns on Christmas Eve at Aunt Marianne's house

All the kids destroying the Ginger Bread House at Aunt Marianne's house

Christmas Day was great! For once we didn't have to rush out the door and
actually got to spend some time at home as a family opening gifts and having a nice breakfast. The kids were so excited about what Santa brought them. Around noon we packed up and went to dinner at my parents. From there, we made a trip to my Aunt Carole's and then on to Pat's parents house for dinner. Overall, it was a great day. A few days after Christmas my parents came over with a train table they got the kids. The trains and table are by far the biggest hit of the gift giving season! I think they have been played with constantly since...


Checking out the stockings

Seamus with one of the trains Santa got for him

Helena with the purple dress Santa brought for her

Katie with the baby furniture Santa got for her

Seamus with his new sled (and Bulls Eye)

Katie and Helena with their new sleds

Seamus, Helena and Katie playing with their new trains

All the kids running around Grandma Murphy's house like crazy

Making Christmas tree ornaments out of sand dollars from Hilton Head SC

New Year's was relatively quiet. We had my parents and brother over for a lamb roast on New Year's Eve and then in the evening did a mini sleep-over. We popped some popcorn and got the kids sleeping bags out to watch movies. They were in their own beds and asleep my 10pm. The rest of the week flew by for us including an attempt at sledding. We haven't had much snow here so it didn't go very smoothly, but the kids were happy to be able to try out their new sleds from Santa. Well, we're back to work again and counting the days until our next vacation. After we got back to work we found a new home for our pet snake Percy. Hope you had a great holiday!

Katie trying out her new sled

Seamus trying out his new sled

Helena trying out her new sled

Percy's last day at our house

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