Thursday, December 26, 2013

A Little Christmas Surprise!!!

Shad and I had one little Christmas Surprise left for the kids.  The day after Christmas we woke them up at 4:30am told them to get in the car because we were going skiing.  
Man were they excited!

The ride there was long but we found ways to entertain Chinese finger traps.  

We arrived in the afternoon of the 26th...rented our ski's and checked into our Condo.  

We called it a pretty early night because we knew the kids would be up and READY to go first thing the next day.  Shad and Emma took a private lesson in the morning.  Alex took a group lesson and Henry went to ski school (that didn't last)

By lunch they were all ready to go skiing together.  

 Lolly and I hung out at the bottom of the mountain waiting for them to come down.  
 Henry was sad and BORED at ski school so I pulled him out and we went for a snack while daddy headed down the mountain to come and get him.  At first Henry said he was done for the day...but after some candy and a powerade...he was READY to go!!!

 Emma Grace and Belle decided they could do a better job of teaching him and boy did they.  He skiied right with them...watching their every move and coping them.  

Oh ya another snack time!
And Lolly and I were much happier at the Lift House!

 Uncle DeDe's feet were giving him fits...and the kids are such great skiiers that Shad could take them all up by himself.  

Most days went like this....we got up...cooked the kids dressed and to the slopes...then Laurie and I sat and watched for them to come down.  I know it sounds boring but we love it.  They would ski till lunch...then we would head over to Shot Gun Willies for Lunch...then more skiing...then dinner...and sleep.  They were tuckered out in the evenings.  

There was a little time to play!!!  We LOVE Magnatiles!!!

We did remember to take some pics at Texas Reds.  

One morning we woke up and the snow was falling...we decided to head over to Angel Fire just for a change of pace.  The snow was AMAZING!!!  I have never seen such perfectly formed flakes.  

 The kids and dads LOVED Angel Fire...the runs were different and they couldn't wait to night ski.  

 They had a little snack up-top while the moms were stuck at the bottom...The moms like the Lift House at Red River LOTS more.  We can watch is much harder to watch at Angel Fire.  
 Night skiing was a blast to watch...they LOVED it.  We literally had to DRAG them off the mountain!!!
 The Welch's headed home a day early and we spent the last day just us.  They skied of course...and we planned on coming home on the 30th....but we quickly changed our mind.  We tried so hard to find a place just for the 31st but we couldn't.  We just weren't ready for this trip to end.  

Just look at those faces....they had so much fun!!!  Goodbye was a GREAT year.  We can't wait to see what 2014 has in store for us.  

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas Morning!

Oh the Joy of Christmas Morning.  I love these sweet faces!!!

 Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha
 Even in PJ's Gracie looks too grown-up!
Emma was super stoked about her blanket! 

It's the simple things that make him happy!!!  Like straw glasses!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Eve

After a wonderful Christmas Eve Service.  We came home to open our family presents before going to JoJo's for dinner.  We were so glad to have Binkie with us.  

Opening presents is Fun...but crawling on daddy is FUN!!!!
 Henry was most excited about his MagnaTiles!
 I was THRILLED about my new purse!

 But Emma...she was the most EXCITED!!!  yep she got a phone
 We had a nice time opening our presents but we were hungry and ready to get into our PJ's.  

Oh Ya...we are that family!!!  

But the daddies got something a little different....Henry wants to be like them next year!!!!

Love these kids!!!

 Reindeer Food!
Time for bed....Uncle DeDe always reads The Night Before Christmas....then off to sleep!!!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

8th Schmidt McGaha Christmas!

After much deliberation we finally figured out that it was the Schmidt's turn to have our Christmas Party...we are old...we couldn't remember at all what we had done last year...and there are NO pics?  

We had a yummy dinner, great conversation and then time for presents.  

Riley was super excited.  Of course we had the old conversation...who goes first...oldest to youngest...youngest to oldest....he he he...

Guess who was EXCITED!!!  They couldn't wait to tear into them.  

Our traditional (if we remember) family photo

So blessed to get to do life with these wonderful people!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Hard to say goodbye!

We love Mr. Bell so much.  He is resigning because of health reasons and not coming back after Christmas.  We are so incredibly sad to see him go.  On the last day of school before Christmas Vacation we went to say our goodbyes.  It was so hard.  Henry looked at Mr. Bell and said "but Mr. Bell  you wont get to be my principal"  Talk about a lump in my throat.  
Thank you Mr. Bell for the impact you have had on our school but most of all on my children.  We will miss you so much!!!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Christmas Party

Henry's school also gets to do Christmas Parties!!!
They had a snack, made an ornament, and some reindeer food.  They had a ball.  This is a great group of kids.  
Jake, Cork, Noah, Christian, Myles, Henry, Adalie, GiGi, Madelyn, and Max

And they are pretty funny too!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

HangTime Crew

Each week I get the privilege of  taking a great group of girls to Hang Time.  Tonight was the last HangTime of the season/year.  Our normal routine is to meet at church or I pick the girls up and we eat dinner together.  We go to HangTime, sing, dance, and have a great time.  Then I get to take them home.  This week we changed it up.  We invited the other parents to go with us.  Pam Featherston and Audrey Carter were able to make it.  The got to experience the entire thing even the HangTime store (that is always CRAZY)  After it was over we took the kids to walk through The Fantasy of Lights.  It was a fun evening.  

 Henry, Lauren Carter, Olivia Davenport, Alexis CArter, Emma McGaha, Libby Featherston, and Landon Carter.  
Love these kids.  

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Warriors Basketball

Henry is LOVING basketball.  His team is so much fun and their coach is the most patient and positive man ever.  Henry can't wait to go to practice every week and LOVES the games.  

Are these not the cutest Boys EVER!!!