Frank Returned to the North Pole

More Christmas

Christmas Eve we went to Michael's parents' house to celebrate. The kids love to be able to get together with their cousins to play and I have to say they came home with quite a haul, too. They had a blast and were crashed before we made it halfway home - which was good b/c we didn't have to convince them to go to sleep so that Santa could come drop off their toys!! LOL
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I think I have to say that Aaron's Cranky Crane was the biggest hit of the evening for him, but I think Jacob's remote control car was the hit with the dads! They were having a blast with that thing - and even Aunt Jamie got involved and helped them build a ramp for them to jump! LOL - I wish I'd taken a video to share!!
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This morning Emma was climbing in bed with me around 6:30AM - she came in whispering that Santa had brought toys. I told her okay, just climb in bed with me a little and when Aaron wakes up we'll go check 'em out. Either she was still really tired or she didn't get a good look at her gifts (she got exactly what she'd asked for) b/c she climbed right up in bed with me and went back to sleep. I couldn't believe it, but I was thankful b/c I was still so sleepy!
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We had a wonderful, blessed Christmas day at home! My kids got to play with all their toys all day long and we talked about all we had to be thankful for...I really am trying to get Emma to know what it means to be thankful and how other kids don't have things like she does. It's hard at her age - she just wants to play, but a little step at a time. She does a good job donating her toys every year and understands they are going to little kids that otherwise might not have anything. It isn't always easy to give away your toys, but I guess that's what makes it even kinder that she does it.
We've had a blessed Christmas Day in the Kubeczka Casa!Merry Christmas from my two little elves, Michael, & me! I hope Santa was good to you today and may God bless your family!
I hope Santa was good to you all and that God blessed you and your family during this time when we celebrate the birth of Jesus.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

It's Christmas!!

Merry Christmas from the Kubeczkas
(front & back of our 2012 Christmas Card)


  
Wishing you and your family a very 
Merry Christmas from the Kubeczka Family!

Christmas Festivities

Yesterday morning we dressed in our new duds for Church - we only had one service yesterday so it was pretty packed!! Geddo & Teta bought Emma a pretty new dress for Christmas and a new sweater for my handsome little man!
Christmas at Church
After church everyone headed over to my parents' house for dinner. Grannie, Mom & Dad, and all my siblings were there with their kids...and in some cases their kids! I have a big family!! And this is just Mom & Dad's side - next weekend is the extended family Christmas and we about double!

We started the festivities with an animation of the Christmas story that my daddy put together just for all the kids. And Abigail (mom's oldest Great-Grandchild that was there) read us all the Christmas story from the Bible. And we sang every Christmas song we knew!
Abigail Reading the Christmas Story
We ran out front for a few pictures, too - the first one is all the ladies, next is Grannie, Mom & Dad, me & all my siblings, the third one below is one of our Five Generation pics, and the last one is all the guys!
Family
Daddy and Mom wanted a picture to send out to dad's family overseas and I got a few more pics of Grannie with my babies!
Mom, Dad, Grannie & the Kids
My sister hosts a Gingerbread House party every year, but this year we had it at my parents' house. This time of year gets so busy it's hard to find a weekend where everyone is free so we just combined it with dinner at mother's house this year - still tons of fun like every year!!
Making Gingerbread Houses
Thanks sis for always putting this together! Gingerbread Lane looks great!!
Making Gingerbread Houses
I thought I would close with a Christmas Kiss!!
Christmas Kiss
We are celebrating Christmas this evening with Michael's side of the family - until then we're taking it easy today! I still need to run out and grab one gift bag, though and then we are off! 

CHRISTMAS EVE GIFT!!

Emma's Kindergarten Christmas Party

Friday afternoon was Emma's Christmas Party at school. The HS Choir came & sang before we went into their classrooms and they were awesome. They sounded beautiful and did a great job entertaining the kids as well with visits from Santa Claus, a Gorilla Claus (don't ask), and even the Grinch showed up to smirk around! The kids got all into it, too! After we headed back to their classrooms for games, crafts, & snacks - and Emma had a nice treat for me & daddy, too!
Haul from Emma's Christmas party at school this afternoon!!
Aaron enjoyed the party, too - he liked playing with the blocks in one of the centers mostly, but he liked playing with the big kids, too!
Christmas Party 1
Christmas Party 2
No more school till next year!!!

WooHoo!!

Friday Frank Recap

I cannot believe that Frank only has three more visits - that means Christmas will be here in 4 days!! I still have two gifts to go, too - ACK!!! Aaron and I are about to head out to tackle that chore, though and go to Emma's Christmas party at school so hopefully it'll be a productive day!

This morning the kids found Frank giving rides to the other toys - looks like Woody was the last one to climb aboard!
Got your ticket?? Frank gave everyone rides tonight!! 21/24 #elfonashelf
He also read through our Christmas cards (mine are finally going out today - YAY), was caught chillin with Frosty, had a movie night, and a few other adventures you can see below (and via the links following)...he's had a good time with us this year!
Another Week of Frank's Visits

Yesterday I met up with my team for our Christmas lunch celebration and to reveal our Secret Santas...after that Emma had her 6 year check up at the doctor's office. So needless to say, I was driving all over the place yesterday.
Hearing checkup!
Aaron and I will be doing more of that this morning, too whenever we get out of this house. I've been doing a few things around here this morning (including writing this post) - luckily while I'm cleaning or working he is pretty good at entertaining himself - every time I spy on him I catch him in a new spot!
How Aaron spends his mornings before we hit the road!!!
I just got him dressed now actually so I think we're finally about to head out!!

HAPPY FRIDAY!

eShopping

Have I ever mentioned that I am a procrastinator? Well, wouldn't be surprised that I waited this long to share that bit of information!!

Every year I say that next year I am not going to wait till December to get my Christmas shopping done and every year I'm down to the wire. I actually do have everything bought except for two gifts...and actually one of those I have part of...so, I don't feel too stressed about the gift buying at the moment. I saved a lot of time buying online. I think I bought about half of my gifts online this year.
It's the box with the smile!! (yeah one is frowning...) #Amazon
And I've done some shopping this week - Aaron was with me for a lot of my shopping, too - this will definitely be the last year I'm able to do that. My mom distracted him at checkout yesterday! And I am going to need to find new hiding places soon, too. Right now some are right out in the open - others are still all in bags in the bag of my car. Yeah - my kids are way to observant - I've nearly been busted several times!

Today I'm meeting my group from work for lunch & I hope to make one more trip to look for the last two items on my list. I only have a few more days!! I'm down to the wire on ordering, too - I have thins being delivered tomorrow and if I order anything today it'll be here Saturday - but today will be the last day to order online if I don't find what I'm looking for in the stores! Crossing my fingers I find what I need today!

Are you a procrastinator like me???

Have Fun Shopping!!!

Praying for the families in Newtown

Lunch with Sister

Aaron and I stopped for Happy Meals and went to school to eat lunch with Emma...a treat for both of them!! Emma asked me this morning if I would come eat with her and when I told her yes she said, "You promise???" - well, of course I had to go! Wouldn't have missed it for the world!
Lunch with sister at school!
She has pajama day this week and they've been making all kinds of Christmas projects - so it's a fun last week of class before they are out for the holidays! The weather was nice today, too so Aaron and I did a little running around. Now he is watching Thomas b/c I had a little work to do!
Watching Thomas
Tomorrow daddy will be off with us so I can go see the doctor and we plan to finally finish our Christmas shopping. I'm so behind - I don't even have our Christmas cards in the mail yet! Look for them around New Year's! :)

Find Frank & Christmas Lights

Last night we decided to take a drive & go see some Christmas lights. It wasn't too terribly cold so we drove around with the windows down in the neighborhoods and were able to hear lots of good Christmas music, too - there were a couple houses with the lights set up in time with their music. 

We have another full weekend ahead of us with Christmas parties & Birthday parties...and Sunday I've very excited to see my daddy Sunday give a presentation to their church about the religious history of the Christians in Egypt. I need to get him to upload his presentation online so that I am able to share it with you - it is very interesting!!!

Happy Weekend!!


My Little Reindeer

Last weekend was a busy one - as they all seem to be this time of year! Saturday morning we were up early for the Children's Christmas Party my office puts on every year. It's always a blast and the kids have a great time. Lots of games & activities and they get to take their picture with Santa & Mrs. Claus - though, this year Mrs. Claus was being social somewhere when it was our turn, so she didn't get in their picture this year. (I'll share that picture later - waiting on the digital file to be sent).

After the party I had planned to go do a little photo shoot b/c I still hadn't ordered Christmas cards yet (so expect yours late this year, but now you know what pics are on it - LOL). Well, the kids got painted up like little reindeer at the party & really didn't want to wash it off immediately, so Michael said just take their pics with it still on there. Why not??? It's festive after all - so that is exactly what we did!! I have to say I love the little red noses!

And for the record, I did not pose these two - I always complain about how I can't get good pictures of the two of them together looking at the camera and smiling - but I think this must have been their Christmas gift to me b/c they posed, looked right at me, and cheesed for the camera!! I was so proud! Aaron mimicked everything his Big Sister did & when she stood up and put her hand on her knee, that's just what he did, too.  The hand on the hip is all him, though - he does that all. the. time!
My Little Reindeer
And they are so huggy with one another, too (when they aren't fighting) - I got several pictures of them showing sibling love!! They really can be super sweet together.
My Little Reindeer
These two ended up being my favorite of the shoot! Kids don't do well on long photo shoots, so I snapped as fast as I could. We hit up three spots for pictures and I wasn't about to push my luck for much more! And Michael was a great assistant, too. He doesn't have much patience for this kind of stuff, but he really was a big help. Thanks baby!

We have another busy weekend approaching  - more Christmas parties and my daddy is giving a big presentation at church Sunday night. He has been working very hard and we are all going to support him! Frank has also been busy around our house - I'll have his weekly update ready to share Friday!!

iPhoneography on Friday - Frank & Christmas Decor

Since Frank is visiting us daily now, I thought I would share his weekly exploits with us each Friday for iPhoneography! He is a mischievous little elf, but something tells me that he is just getting warmed up! This morning the kids found that he gone fishing in our fish tank!!
Oh no....Frank caught Nemo!!! 7/24 #elfonashelf
And here's where all they've found him before today...
Frank's First Week
I'm recording all his adventures on Instragram if you'd like to follow him!!

Last night we finally got our tree up and this year I let Emma take over the decorating!! I think she did a great job, too!
Oh Christmas Tree
Okay...I may have helped, but just a little bit - honest! Michael and I put the ribbon around the tree and Michael put the angel on top (we need a new tree topper), but everything else was all my big girl!
Emma Decorating the Tree
I think she was proud of herself, too! Now, if we could keep Aaron from taking ornaments off the tree and to quit picking up the ceramic train set we have under the tree we'll be doing great! The boys loves trains, so I have to say we were asking for it putting it under there!!

Emma also set up the nativity all on her own this year, too and it looks good! I didn't take a picture yet, though! Michael put up all my nutcrackers this year before I even made it home from work! I think I am going to have to start putting them places other than my mantle...it won't hold anymore!
The mantle
I have to say, it's finally beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here!!!


Emma's Birthday Party

We had a blast at Emma's birthday party - it was pretty crowded at the beginning & I didn't think it was going to turn out well, but I really think all the kids had a great time! Lesson learned - if you have a party at a roller rink choose your time carefully. We were there at one of the busiest times. We will go back, but I think Sunday afternoons are much better! 

Still - I think everyone had fun and Emma had a blast. She is really pretty good on the skates, too! 
Emma's 6th Bday
Even daddy showed us his skills - he stayed on the floor with the kids most of the time - and showed out a little for the camera, too! He's a goof!!!
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Thanks to everyone that made it out & made my little girl's birthday special!!

We also took our annual Rocking Chair picture. My Grannie gave me this rocking chair - it was hers - when I was pregnant with Emma. It's probably the only piece of furniture I'll have forever and I thought it was a great way to chronicle the kids' growth each year...so every year on their birthday they climb up in the chair & tell me how old they are! Emma's legs are so long she pretty much sits in it with her feet flat on the ground now. It's scary how fast she is growing up. I am so proud of this little girl!! I love you baby!!
6 Years Old
Here are the past Rocking Chair pictures so you can see how much she has grown!
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Happy 6th Birthday Emma!

Happy Birthday Sweet Girl!!
We love you to the moon & back!!
Happy 6th Birthday Baby Girl!!! We love you to the moon & back!!!
We had such a fun birthday party this weekend for Emma - it started off a little rocky b/c the place was so crowded, but ended up being a blast!! Last night Michael and I blew up a bunch of balloons & filled her room with them so she woke up in a sea of them & to her little brother jumping on her bed saying HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Tonight we'll have a special dinner of her choosing and more cake...Frank (who is back to his daily visits) actually got into the leftover birthday cake from her party!
Frank snagged one of our balloons to wish Emma happy birthday & he also dug into her cake!! 3/24
And he left her a little note from Santa & himself!

(The rest of our weekend was soooo busy I haven't even taken the pics off my camera from her party - but I'll have a follow up post for those later!  )

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