Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Christmas Recap...

Christmas Eve...they can't contain their excitement:

Dinner...Lobster of course..(Love that Morgan Tradition):

A few presents from Uncle Scott and Aunt Tay before bed:

Trying to get Candy from G's new gift, the Claw Game:

Bye-Bye, Clark:

Cookies and Milk for Santa, Celery for Rudolph and the other reindeer:

Reading of Twas the NIght Before Christmas in our Jammies:

Santa and Mrs. Claus worked hard getting this ready:

She was stoked about her blue beach cruiser:

And he loved his racing big boy bike and rip rider:

Hadley loved her tent:

And thought the four wheeler was cool until we put the batteries in:

Christmas Breakfast:

Mostly smiles but a few minutes of this when she couldn't go through her sibblings stockings:

Love these faces:

Christmas Morning Spin:

Off to Mema and Pepas for a late lunch:

The Girls in the family (4 Generations):

Sisters (and a baby who wouldn't let me put her down):

A little (Big) Brother and his three sisters:

Mema and Pepa:

The next Morning...Christmas with the Morgan/Swanks:


Uncle Scott has always called Ellie, Elmers Glue...he found this for her:


We had a GREAT Christmas! Spent a good amount of time reminding the kids WHY we get and give gifts. I didn't want them getting lost and forgetting about the true meaning.

It's hard to believe Christmas is over and 2010 is on the horizon.
So that's just a little snip-it of how we celebrated.
Hope you all had a VERY MERRY one as well!!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas To All...And To All a Good Night...

Frank's Christmas Letter...

Dear Family and Friends,

On behalf of this segment of the Morgan family, we send our warmest wishes to all of you for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We hope this letter finds you all healthy, happy, and enjoying the festivities of the season. As always, we like to take this time to reflect on the year gone by, and look forward to the year ahead. 2009 proved to be a very challenging year for many families, and we hope from the bottom of our hearts that 2010 proves to be a wonderful year for all of you, who make each year of our lives so special.

This year Gavin reached a major milestone in his life, one which Lacey and I are still somewhat in awe of. This year Gavin turned six, and this meant the start of 5 day a week school, in kindergarten! Gavin embraced the change with open arms, welcoming the challenge with arms wide open. He absolutely loves school, his teacher, his classmates, and being big enough to ride the bus to and from school each day. He really feels like a big man these days, and likes to prove it to his little sisters by reading them stories at bedtime each night. He really has morphed from a little boy to a little man, taking great pride in doing homework, practicing his reading, and making sure he looks handsome each day before heading to the bus. Gavin played his first season of flag football this year, and absolutely loved it. He also enjoys playing tennis, riding his big boy bike with no training wheels, and playing with all his friends. Even with all this maturing, Gavin has maintained his sweet nature, always looking out for the welfare of others, and being as sweet and loving as possible. We could not be more proud of the boy he is, and how much fun and love he adds to our lives.

Ellie has had a big year as well. She turned four this year, and continues to flourish in her preschool as well as ballet and tap. She is still pretty small for her age, but what she lacks in size she makes up for in determination and personality. She tries as hard as possible to keep up with her big brother, trying to read and “help” him with his homework at night. Ellie is the artsy one in the family, spending as much time as possible coloring pictures, playing with sticker books and molding play dough sculptures for us. She also enjoys playing outside with her friends, playing tennis, and riding her razor scooter around the neighborhood. Ellie is a wonderful sister to both Hadley and Gavin, and her smile and warm personality light up our home. She still adores Taylor Swift, and even went to see her this year in concert at the Rodeo. The older she gets, the more she looks like her mommy, which is a wonderful trait to have. We are very proud of the way she continues to mature and blossom, and simply cannot get enough of her.

In 2009 Hadley went from being a little baby we toted around and doted on, to a beautiful little girl determined to carve out her own niche in the family. Hadley is wise beyond her years, and very independent. She takes her cues from Gavin and Ellie, and tries her best to mimic their words and actions. She absolutely loves to go to school, play with baby dolls, and takes great pride in making sure they are fed, burped and wearing a clean diaper. It is amazing how much she has blossomed over the last year, speaking in clear words and even sentences at times. She too has become a big fan of music as well, particularly Taylor Swift. It is really something to watch her dance around the living room on Saturday mornings to Taylor Swift videos and singing along with the words. For a girl her age she sings fairly well, and manages to dance in rhythm much better than her old dad. She must have gotten those genes from mommy, and hopefully for her sake she will grow up to look like mommy too. She melts our hearts, and makes all of us laugh with her funny antics and sense of humor. She has been a wonderful addition to our family, and we cannot wait to see what the future holds for her as well.

Needless to say, with three kids six and under Lacey has had another busy year. She is currently the room mom for Gavin’s class, and spends time volunteering at the girl’s school as well when needed. She remains an active blogger, and an accomplished stock trader. Even as our family’s schedule grows more hectic, Lacey manages to take it all in stride and makes sure everyone is where they need to be, when they need to be, and well prepared for whatever they are doing. Her selfless dedication to our family is reflected in the wonderful children we are proud to call ours. Somehow in the middle of all of this, Lacey trained for and completed the Houston half marathon this year, which made us all extremely proud. We are extremely thankful that Lacey continues to provide the perfect role model for our girls to look up to, and for Gavin and I to admire and be thankful for. We certainly could not wish or ask for more than she provides, and are so grateful to have her in our lives.

We are extremely blessed to have been able to vacation once again in Destin this year, at what we like to refer to as our “dream” home away from home. The kids talk about that trip for about 364 days leading up to it, and once again it surpassed our expectations. We are already talking about and planning our next adventure down there, and cannot wait to make more memories that will last a lifetime. It seems our lives these days create a new memory of something special on a nearly daily basis, and we are extremely thankful and appreciative for the life we have. We cannot tell you each enough how much your friendship and support mean to us, and just how much joy that adds to our lives.

After a tumultuous 2009, we hope that each of you take the time this holiday season to reflect on the things that matter most in life, which to us is our family and friends. I know we probably do not convey it enough, but we are extremely grateful to have all of you in our lives. We sincerely hope that 2010 is a wonderful year for you and your family, with continued prosperity, health and happiness.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,

The Morgan Family

It's Almost Christmas

So why wasn't there a stink thrown when the democrats decided to have a crucial health care vote on Christmas Eve morning. Why was that allowed? What a bunch of bullies who knew they couldn't get the bill passed otherwise. I woke up to the news and it is not sitting well with me. How they can get away with this little pathetic act amazes me. Higher taxes during a recession- good job Obama. I think you really will go down as the worst President we have ever had. Given your recent ratings and these little shenanigans...hope you enjoy your last three years- because that's about all you have left Buddy. Geeze...

Okay, now I feel a little better.

What a fun week we have had. Frank has been able to take half days every day and we have been enjoying having Daddy home more. I took Ellie on a date to see Princess and the Frog, and Frank took G to see Planet 51. They both loved their movies and then we met up for some ice skating fun. Ellie was a little ice princess doing laps around everyone. G on the other hand struggled a bit. We had the walkers to help and his skates kept hitting the back of the walker and he just could hardly move. It was much easier for him when they had the smaller skates that attach to your shoes. When we were done he said, "I am not good at ice skating, I am just good at slipping." Poor kid. Thankfully he wasn't too upset about it. He tired hard and I think he did have fun despite his ability to move very fast. We then finished our lovely date at Cheesecake Factory and then headed home.

We went to our annual tea room yesterday and enjoyed a yummy lunch and some goodies.

And we finished our Lego Advent Calendar this morning. Which means Christmas is tomorrow! So hard to believe it is almost here.
G was rather sad this morning though, realizing Christmas is tomorrow. He is sad that Clark will no longer be with us and said, "All I want for Christmas is for Clark to be able to stay all year." That kid has such a sweet heart. When we leave the house, he runs to wherever Clark is and tells him goodbye each time. So cute!!

We hope you all have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Christmas Parties and Church

Last week was busy but fun. We had all three kids Christmas parties at school. They all were so giddy with excitement on their party day. I was lucky enough to be able to make it to all three. Thankfully they were all at separate times. Gavin's had a bunch of different crafts to do and a book exchange, Ellie's class did gingerbread cookie decorating and a book exchange, and Hadley's class just had an eating cookies party, which she thoroughly enjoyed (until I tried to get a picture with her and her teachers and she thought I was leaving her).
We also had a fun, busy weekend. We did some last minute shopping, a lot of eating, and then yesterday the kids sang on stage at church. After church we went to lunch and then came home to make Christmas cookies. After some cookie making fun, the kids played outside for awhile until it was time for our "Christmas Eve" service at church. Since our church meets in a school we had to have our service early. It was awesome. Gavin came to big church with us and was so cute. He was holding our hands and at one point put his arm around me. Kind of caught me off guard as because I was in heels and he is my little man, he was patting my bottom. LOL. Then when the band was singing he put his hands up in the air to worship. It was so cute. After a great service we came home and the kids did tent city with Daddy. I tried to snuggle Hadley in bed but she wasn't having it, she was too excited to be in my bed to sleep. She kept belting out in songs, and then would giggle. She was so cute, but as 9:30 approached I figured it was time for her to get into her own bed. So we ended up in separate beds. It was a fun weekend though. I can't hardly believe that Christmas is four days away!!