Saturday, December 31, 2016

Christmas / New Year's Celebration

We had an amazing family celebration for Christmas with my side of the family. We had it New Year's Eve up in East Texas at the lake. Michael and the kids went up Tuesday morning with my parents and took the campers...unfortunately I had to work, but I joined them Thursday evening as soon as I was able to get out of work! All of the family was in town and several of us camped. The marina in my hometown catered our event and we had our party at their restaurant. It turned out to be an awesome party!!! We had games for all the kids and some of the best food and what was the best part was no one had to worry about cleaning up their house (before or after), no one had to cook and the best part, no one had to do dishes!!! It was a zero stress or rush holiday and we had a great time. I think we've set a precedent for years to come!

Here are a few take aways from the day and the trip to East Texas!

Games were played - lots of games!!
Picking up candy canes...
Christmas in Broaddus
Christmas in Broaddus
Making Reindeer Antlers (thanks for the help Uncle Michael)
Christmas in Broaddus
Then a break for lunch and the grown up games!
Christmas in Broaddus
Christmas in Broaddus
Christmas 2016 Jackson Hill (60 of 183)
Christmas 2016 Jackson Hill (47 of 183)
Christmas 2016 Jackson Hill (42 of 183)
Then more kid games!
Christmas in Broaddus
Christmas in Broaddus
Then it was time to play outside and enjoy the bonfire!
Christmas in Broaddus
I love these people to pieces! My parents and my siblings!
Christmas 2016 Jackson Hill (126 of 183)
Sometimes I really miss East Texas and really think about how it would be to move back!
Christmas in Broaddus
We were missing a LOT of folks in this picture, but I am always happy to get as many as we can together. 
Christmas in Broaddus
The next day after church we spent the afternoon fishing and enjoying being with family some more. They fish weren't biting for us, but that's okay - it's still fun! And this boy just LOVES to fish!
Christmas in Broaddus
Emma likes parts of fishing...
Christmas in Broaddus
Other parts, not so much! LOL
Christmas in Broaddus
Sometimes I think he should have been raised in the country! He likes it more than me I think!
Christmas in Broaddus
It is pretty, but I don't like its tenant!
Christmas in Broaddus
There are many pretty views!
Christmas in Broaddus
Christmas in Broaddus
Christmas in Broaddus
We ended 2016 with a bang...and can't wait to see what 2017 holds in store!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Christmas Eve & Christmas Day

Christmas Eve we headed over to my in-laws' house to celebrate with the Kubeczka side. This year we took a couple of games for everyone to play and I think they were a huge hit!! We played a reindeer game where we had to make antlers for one of our team members to wear and then we also played the cling wrap game. Both were so much fun and I think everyone had a blast playing!!
Game time!
Christmas Eve
I have to say I am sure it wasn't even for the kids to know which way to look with three cameras pointed at them...I don't think I got one with them all looking my way! LOL
Cousins
Cookie time - she took this seriously!
Christmas Eve Christmas Day
Lego Score!
Christmas Eve Christmas Day
Christmas Day we didn't leave the house except to go to church! I love Christmas morning...Aaron came in and crawled in the bed with us. He snuggled up a bit and then after a while he leaned into my ear and whispered "Santa brought me Criss Cross Crash!" - and then he just snuggled back up with me! It wasn't till a few minutes later when Emma was standing by the bed saying "Santa came!!" that we finally got up! When I checked my phone for the time it was 6:30 in the morning!!! Zzzzz...
Christmas Day
They got so many things from their wishlists, too! It was awesome to see them so excited!
Christmas Eve Christmas Day
This year it was Mommy that got a new bike!
Christmas Eve Christmas Day
Aaron lost another tooth Christmas morning, too! A day earlier and Santa and the Tooth Fairy would've had a date!
Christmas Eve Christmas Day
Headed to church!
Headed to church on Christmas Day
Two of my favorite ladies!!
Christmas Eve Christmas Day
Cheers to you Geddo!
Christmas Eve Christmas Day
For Christmas dinner I cooked up an awesome prime rib roast if I do say so myself!
It was amazing! Mouth watering!
Prime rib roast

Merry Christmas

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Moody Gardens Iceland & Festival of Lights

I could seriously overload this post with all the pictures that I took - there was just so much to see at Moody Gardens this year for Iceland and the Festival of Lights. We met up with my family in Galveston and it was a blast!!!
Iceland
Iceland
Iceland
The Ice Slide was definitely a favorite!!
Iceland
Iceland
Iceland
Iceland
Iceland
Iceland
Iceland
All the cousins had so much fun together and it was nice to experience a little cold for winter...it's been in the 80s around here lately, so it was nice to have a reason to wear a coat!! LOL

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Frank's 2017 Visits

Well another Christmas has come and gone and with that means 24 days of Frank! He had a good visit with the Kubeczka Kids this Christmas season. I love seeing the kids wake up every morning and search high and low to find Frank and see what he's gotten into over the night!!

Here is a quick recap of his visit this year!!
Frank 2017
Frank 2017
Frank 2017
Frank 2017
Frank 2017
Frank 2017
See ya next year Frank!