Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Brown Family Christmas Card - 2008

In true Brown Family fashion, we are just now getting our Christmas card complete. This is always quite the event every year that my kids really can't stand =). Why, you ask?? Well, let's just say that they are not and never have been very cooperative in posing for me, together...or somehow able to NEVER simultaneously look at the camera!!! Last year was the first year I did not send out a card as we had the same problem. So instead, I sent out an email to EVERYONE with all of our pictures or attempts =). For example...this one....
...and everyone loved it and told me to do this every year! It ended up being pretty funny, but they were so wrong to think that I would ever have the same issues again...HAHAHAHAHA!! So here you have it...all the runners up and Honorable mentions...and then the final card=)!!! BTW - here is where I had my card made =)! Enjoy!!!!!!

We wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Christmas Weekend!!!

I hope yall are doing well!! We are doing great here at the Brown home!! Claire is pretty much fully recovered (thank you so much for the thoughts and prayers), Owen has not broken anything in the last 24 hours...and me and Shane are both on vacation until after the first of the year!!! I love this time of year!! Shane and I finished up all of our shopping tonight while the grandparents took care of the kids...Claire went with Nonna and Poppy to see that new mouse movie and some shopping (Claire can talk Poppy into buying her ANYTHING, even a very gorgeous, ahem, expensive new black dress coat=), love you Poppy) and O went with Nana and Papa to WM to do their Christmas grocery shopping...wouldn't you loved to watch that circus =)!! I LOVE my family so much, we could not live without them!!!

So on to the post (and tons of pics)...this weekend was tons of fun!!! We were busy and loved every minute of it!! I even FINALLY got my Christmas card shot!!!! I have started just sending them out over email as it is near impossible for me to get them out in time as it takes an army to get my kids to take a picture together, and smile!! I also like to send out other pictures with the email, all the shots or I should call them attempts at getting the "perfect" Christmas card picture!! I will post it next!!!

Friday night we went out with my family to dinner and the Fayetteville square to see the lights. We do this every year and it is one of my favorite moments of the Holidays! I was also a mission to get the perfect picture...didn't happen but here are a bunch of pictures of our fun night!!

My O is growing up...one of my most favorite pictures EVA!!!Claire and her uncle Drew - She made him a Christmas card=)Trying for the perfect picture...this is too cute!!
"Claire hug Owen"....Another try =)
Riding the ponies! Attempt at a family shot... Better...Owen was a tired baby =)Then Saturday night we went Christmas shopping and to dinner just the 4 of us, then went driving around looking at Christmas lights. Believe it or not, this is the night I got my Christmas card picture, so yall will have to wait until the next post to see it =).

Sunday morning we continued another fun tradition. We get the kids all dressed up in their Christmas Dress clothes the Sunday before Christmas every year and as a family (both mine and Shane's) go to lunch somewhere nice and take pictures of the kids. Most of the family was sick this year, but we still had a good time....and I thought Claire and Owen were absolutely adorable!!! Claire is wearing her Christmas dress that Nana and Papa got her for her birthday, it was so pretty (Thank you Nana!) and Owen is wearing probably one of the cutest things he has ever worn!!! I could not stop kissing him and hugging on him!!!

Owen and Papa dancing...or as we call it "Owen is stomping it out"...his signature dance move =)

Heath had to get the kids together for a group shot =)!

The handsome boys!!!
Hope you are having a good week and ready for Christmas!!!! I will be posting more pictures and the Christmas card soon!!!!