Us Sheltons have always done Christmas well, I like to think. I got my photo fingers warmed up and shot more photos than I have all year so I'll apologize in advance if you feel like you are seeing everything :) I wanted to remember this Christmas, though. Here are my many photos of Christmas eve and Christmas 2012.
Doc catching those who dare to slide :)
Mary Shelton on the slide
daddy and son!
Here I go
james on the slide
about to slide mr Jack man
Jack on the slide
a far away view of the playground in the back
some christmas bush photos
James made this handmade ornament this year
angel among us
cool ornament shots
Bright eyed bushy tailed
that's my booger man
Jim says Mason looks like Sandra here :)
love this one
stairs! and a swirly head of hair
how i kept my weight off during Christmas.. and they're off!!
I'm figuring this out
so proud he conquered stairs.. sort of
I can turn it off and on and off and on and .. did it break? oh well
do I have a snotty nose?
Aidan, how are you?
Jack and Galen
Kisses from Mary Shelton
Look, James, you just swing your body on the bar...
What's B doing in the kitchen?
I'm just sayin
Let me out!
pulease let me out..
Mason gives up
We sure made a bunch of dirty dishes
can you stop taking photos, mom, and feed me!
Kristen feeds her boy!
got food on the floor? I'll clean it up! Reagan
James and Mary Shelton want to see the app that tells you where santa is
B shows us all how its done
adoration is an understatement
I'm in a room full of breakable items!! Hey mom!!
I won't eat it if it's healthy so you can just have this back!
Oh, bother. I'm surrounded by boys!
Love you, Jack man!
James and Mary Shelton
James and Mary Shelton at the tree
Let me just rip this one off
aaaand this one..
Heads straight to one thing he can really get injured on, of course.
Every princess needs a crown..
Daddy pouring water on my head
Not cool, dad.. not cool
Why you gotta wash my hair?
It's hard to resist a baby with a monster's towel on!!
Opening their one gift on Christmas Eve! Melissa and Doug
building blocks are a huge huge hit!!
Tear this sucker open, kids!
Build em up to tear them down!
Stack em up!
Stack em up, Mary Shelton!
I'm saving this photo so I know how to set it up later! lol
Table with Noah's ark
Santa came and dropped off some goods
Cool photo of 12 stockings!! Just five years ago, there were only five..
Santa, you did goooood! This holds his attention like no other toy ever!
So much to play with
Jack-myster on his rollin pup
Paw paw would be proud..
Mary Shelton on the rollin pup
this is James'?? aww man!
talking about hunting..
She so carefully watches everything he does
I like this one..
"the bull" enjoying his natural paci
Ho Ho Ho, babies!!
Rainy rainy rainy!
Mason wants to cook and play with the train set.
James playing with the helicopter in his train set.
I found this on pinterest and wanted to place it here. Love it!
I LOVE YOU
I am your PARENT, you are my CHILD
I am your QUIET PLACE, you are my WILD
I am your CALM FACE, you are my GIGGLE
I am your WAIT, you are my WIGGLE
I am your DINNER, you are my CHOCOLATE CAKE
I am your BEDTIME, you are my WIDE AWAKE
I am your LULLABY, you are my PEEK A BOO
I am your GOODNIGHT KISS, you are my I LOVE YOU.
Here is a poem I saw on facebook and I thought it was sweet. What happened in CT was tragic and made me so sad.. As it did the whole nation. I just can't imagine.. Anyway, this was well written, I thought.
It was 11 days before Christmas, around 9:38
when 20 beautiful children stormed through Heaven's gate.
their smiles were contagious,
their laughter filled the air.
They could hardly believe all the beauty they saw there.
They were filled with such joy, they didn't know what to say.
They remembered nothing of what had happened earlier that day.
"Where are we?" asked a little girl, as quiet as a mouse.
"This is Heaven," declared a small boy.
"We're spending Christmas in God's house."
when what to their wondering eyes did appear,
but Jesus, their Savior, the children gathered near.
He looked at them and smiled, and they smiled just the same.
then he opened His arms and He called them by name.
And in that moment was joy, that only Heaven can bring.
Those children all flew into the arms of their King
and as they lingered in the warmth of His embrace,
one small girl turned and looked at Jesus' face.
And as if He could read all the questions she had
He gently whispered to her, "I'll take care of mom and dad."
Then he looked down on earth, the world far below
He saw all of the hurt, the sorrow, and woe
then he closed His eyes and He outstretched His hand,
"Let my power and presence re-enter this land,
may this country be delivered from the hands of fools!
I'm taking back by nation. I'm taking back my schools!"
Then He and the children stood up without a sound.
"come now my children, let me show you around."
excitement filled the space
some skipped and some ran
all displaying enthusiasm that only a small child can.
And I heard Him proclaim as He walked out of sight,
"in the midst of this darkness, I AM STILL THE LIGHT."