We always have so much fun coming with great gifts and treats for Valentines Day. This year we made strawberry wafers with white chocolate and sprinkles and some smores mix with teddy grahams, marshmellows, and m&ms for classroom treats. For the kids, Addison's valentine was "Won't chew be my valentine?" with a gumball machine on the inside of the bag with 3 big gumballs. Avett's valentine was "Happy Valentine's, Buddy! Love, Your Main Squeeze" with applesauce squeezers. For both of the kids teachers we went to Krispy Kreme and bought 1 dozen valentines donuts to put in our donut boxes that say, "I'm donuts over you". I was able to head over to Addison's Valentines party for a while. They played a couple rounds of bingo and then enjoyed some yummy treats and opened their Valentines. Thomas went over to Avett's party where he was obviously enjoying his cupcake!
We had a fun Valentine's dinner at home with fresh strawberry cake and a gift exchange from each other. We loved it and we had a great time!
Last Christmas we started the tradition of taking Addison to the Nutcracker that is put on by Ballet Lubbock. Last year was a date for the two girls and this year was a date with Daddy and Addison. Addison asked Thomas to take her to Chuys for dinner where they took silly face photos and ate some very yummy mexican food! They then headed off to the Nutcracker where Addison was extremely spoiled by some of Thomas' students from Lubbock High. Three of the girls were dancing in the show and gave Addison VIP treatment with a tour backstage, pictures, and a signed pointe shoe from the entire cast. Daddy also bought her a super cute ballet doll that she just adores. This was the most amazing night for Addison. Thomas' students were so generous and thoughtful and I am so thrilled that she will have this wonderful memory always to cherish!
we know that the video has Avett's name spelled wrong..we were trying to get the video to say his name correctly and we got so caught up in everything we forget to change it....Addison caught it right away, but we made up a story and all was good!
We celebrated our Christmas/New Years Together as a family at my parents house in Houston. It was fun to have our traditional Christmas dinner, let the girls do some sparklers and mom surprised them with fun hats and horns to bring in the new year. Did we stay up for new years? NO WAY!! We are too old that, but did make it to 11 for the ball to drop on TV. That was good enough for us. Early the next morning we headed home from our long trip during the Christmas break. We honestly were really ready to get home. We needed a break from chasing our children and get back to our Reynolds normalcy. We were so thankful to have safe travels, lots of family and friends to visit, and the love and support of each other to make our holiday a great time.