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Christmas Dinner at Mom’s 2012

DSC_0115This year, after the kids had opened their presents from Santa, we drove over to mom’s house to have Christmas dinner with the family.  Davy unwrapped  a microscope kit and Matty unwrapped a Batman Geotrax.  Both were very excited about their presents and poor little Matty could not grasp that we were not going to open and assemble it at Granny’s house.  We all know he loves Batman and train tracks.  🙂

Holly was so excited to see the boys….  She has grown so much in the last four weeks.  Davy played with her the most, he just couldn’t seem to get enough of her…




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Christmas Morning 2012

It’s Christmas morning and Andy and I wait patiently on the couch for the boys to wake up and come running down to see what Santa brought them.  I had expected them to beat me out of bed, but instead they slept a good half hour longer than normal.  Davy was the first to come down, his eyes sparkled and he was soooo happy.  We sent him back up for Matty, there was no way we were going to let him get started without him. 


Santa brought everything on their list this year, except for the Xbox 360.  After all the gifts were opened, we brought out the last one from Andy and I and let Davy open it.  He was so happy.  He jumped up, hugged me, and said “Thank you so much mommy!”  It’s the best feeling ever to see such childhood joy on their faces.  The big gifts this year were: Lego table, Lego’s, Furby’s, Xbox 360, Skylanders, Slushie Machine, Jake pirate ship, Quirkle, Chuggington trains, Scooby Doo house, roller blades, cowboy cap guns, remote control monster truck and boat, metal detector, Matty’s “jeep” 4-wheeler, and Davy’s phone.

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Christmas Eve 2012

DSC_0011Today we decided to keep everything low-key.  Davy is still recovering from the fever and we all need to get a little better before the big day tomorrow.  We watched movies, baked gingerbread men, ate dinner with Dan and Debbie, drove around and looked at lights, threw carrots on the roof and sprinkled the lawn with sparkly oats, left out Santa’s cookies and milk, spent a little time Facetimeing the cousins, and then headed off to bed to read “The Night Before Christmas”.  I can’t wait to see their faces tomorrow morning!


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Oh Christmas Tree! Oh Christmas Tree!

It is the day after Thanksgiving and per our annual Zahn tradition, down went the fall decorations and out came the Christmas ones.  This year we decided to head back over to Sickles High School to check out their trees.  Last year we did a little shopping around and in the end we ended up back at the school.  For the last three years this is where we have purchased our tree.  The tree tents were surprisingly bare and as we were leaving one of the gentleman working the tent said,” We really want your business, sorry we don’t have more trees out we have been slammed today and can’t get them out fast enough.   Please let us unwrap a few, we’ll find one you want.”  So that’s what we did.  He opened up three, we picked out one, and were on our way.  This tree is 8 feet, we thought that it might be a little big, but once we got it home we realized it was smaller than last years….and perfect! 

Originally, we were going to make homemade pizzas and decorate the tree, but it quickly became dark outside so we turned off the lights, made hot chocolate, and put in Polar Express.  On Saturday morning, Matty and I ran to Target for new white lights and then the family decorated the tree when we got back.  Only two broke from little hands….  Not bad, if I do say so myself… 🙂


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The Strawberry Festival

One of my favorite childhood pastimes was to go to the Strawberry Festival.  This huge local festival is hosted in Plant City every spring and the weather is always gorgeous.  Andy and I had decided early on that this festival would become a tradition for our boys.  We would randomly pick a day and then surprise them by showing up to school and checking them out for early release.  Davy went once when he was younger, but he didn’t remember it and Matty has never been.

Mom came along to join us today and help me out with the boys.  She met us at the gate 1 entrance and as we walked in I just loved watching Davy’s reaction.  He immediately spotted the cowboys hats and I just smiled to myself.  Right after Andy and I started dating, we went to the festival on one of his weekend visits and he bought a cowboy hat (his first cowboy hat) and said it was because I always said that I wanted to marry a cowboy.  How cute is he. :O)  I promised Davy that we would pick up a couple on our way out.

To the left of the festival, or on the east side, they had the little children’s rides…so that’s where we headed.  I asked Davy which one he wanted to ride first and he smiled from ear to ear and pointed to the ferris wheel.

From there both boys wandered through the rides, riding as many as they could.  We were lucky because the height requirement for most of them was 36 inches.  Matty just barely hit that mark.  Other rides were the train, fun house, the carousel, the swings, four wheelers, bumper boats, trucks, helicopters, the giant slide, and the spinning strawberries.  

After we were done riding the rides it was time to indulge in some festival food.  No trip to the Strawberry Festival would be complete without some strawberry shortcake loaded down with whipped cream.  Some other foods that we had were bacon dipped in chocolate, cotton candy, and fresh squeezed lemonade.  Outside the shortcake tent was this “grandpa puppet”, Matty thought that he was so funny.

Over at the midway Davy won three fish and both boys won stuffed toys by throwing darts.

As we ended our day at the festival, like promised we stopped at the hat booth to pick up a few cowboy hats.  Aren’t my boys just the cutest…if I do say so myself!  :O)

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Davy Turns “5”!!!

I asked Davy what he wanted his birthday theme to be on his actual birthday and he said, “How to train your Dragon”, a movie that recently came out.  Lucky for me the party store had a few items left…so Dragons it is.  In continuing with traditions, Davy woke up this morning to find a present in his bed…a new bug catcher kit and breakfast of his choice.

In his class, the way the celebrate birthday’s is by having the child bring in his favorite book so Davy picked, The Elf on the Shelf and It’s Christmas David.  He got lucky and Ms. Fruit read both of them.  Now we all know that I have to bake a cake on their birthday’s and this time I decided to get creative and make his in the shape of a “5” and I didn’t do so bad if I do say so myself.

He was so excited when he walked in the door.  I had decorated with balloons and streamers and picked up happy meals for him, Matty, and his friends next door.  Of course we couldn’t wait to give him his present, so we got right to it!

This card was a singing card…he loved it.  And I wish that I had captured the true look on his face when he opened his present…but don’t worry, Andy got it on video…priceless,  mouth dropped open, shocked, thrilled beyond belief…he was so happy…

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December Daily 2010

I am so very excited to start this new tradition of creating a small keepsake scrapbook for the month of December.  Kelly who has been a huge fan of Ali Edwards for quite some time now decided for us that this was a must do project.  Now, Ali has made one of these each December for the last couple of years and I love the idea of making it a tradition to unpack them from the holiday totes, sit down with Andy and the kids, and flip through each year to see all of the fun things that we did on a day to day basis during the holiday’s. 

My December Daily book this year will contain the fun stuff that we do each day as well as Advent Action cards.  I am stealing some of her ideas because I just can’t help myself…I love them!  I will do a separate post on these later, but in the mean time here are the daily pockets that I have been making…

I do believe that most people will stop at day 25, Christmas Day… we however love the entire month of December so I will be doing all 31.  Stay tuned and be on the look out for my day to day pages…they will be perfect for us!

Check out her website….if you love to be crafty like me, you will love her projects!  Ali Edwards and her December Daily Project

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“Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree….”

It is the day after Thanksgiving… our Elf has arrived bringing pj’s and the Polar Express, the turkey decorations are down, the house has been cleaned and rearranged, the totes have been pulled from the garage, and that could only mean one thing….  IT’S CHRISTMAS TIME!!!

All year-long we patiently wait for the holiday season to return and once it gets here we can’t wait to let the celebration begin.  Our tradition is to go and pick out our Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving, that way we can enjoy it usually for a full four weeks.  Also, by getting it on Friday we have all weekend to decorate it.

This year we decided to go to the new lot located next to the village in Westchase.  Since it is still early, we knew that we would get to pick one of the best trees on the lot.  Davy was so excited to go and get our tree, Matty was just excited to be out and about.  We all put on our santa hats and ran into the lot.  We wandered through and around the trees and then all of a sudden Andy and I come to a complete stop, look at the same tree, and said…”Yep, that’s it!”  I love the feeling that you get when you just know something is right.  The guy loaded it up onto the truck and we headed home.  This year we decided to move the tree from the Man room to the Family room.  I think I’m gonna like it here….

The first thing I do to the tree is wrap white lights around the trunk to light up the tree from the inside out.  We found a present in our tree…a bird’s nest.  I was happy that there weren’t any eggs in it or even worse a bird, how funny would it have been it all of a sudden a mad, crazy bird flew out at me in the house…  :O)

Here are the boys dancing and jumping around our newly finished decorated tree.  We peeked at our day 1 Advent Action card…it was to go out and buy a new ornament for the new tree…

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