Pickett Style Christmas...
After the accident incident, the nice insurance company gave us a rental minivan to drive while we waited to see if ours would be totaled or not (it was; more on that later!) So, we drove the rental van all the way to Seattle for a Christmas filled with new and old traditions.
Old tradition for sure- the Famous "Stair" picture! The kids didn't wake up until 7:30am!! That still seemed a little early for some of the elves who stayed up late preparing.
Addison was concerned about where to hang our stockings, but after checking out Nana and Papa's house, he found a spot.
Old tradition- ginger bread houses! Addison ate just as much candy as he put on his house.
Laynie worked hard on her marshmallow-y house...
And Hailey bossed me around to the perfection of our house :)
As always, Kelly was intense about his gingerbread...perfect patterns and creativity- love it!
Newer tradition- Santa Pancakes!! Christmas Eve morning is time for Santa pancakes, we started this tradition as a Ditto family last year, and introduced it to all the Picketts this year!! So Yummy!!
After Santa Pancakes, we went to...the Zoo! Who doesn't go to the zoo on Christmas Eve morning? It rained the whole time, but it was fantastic! The animals were active and fun to watch, and the kids were lovin it!
Laynie and Ella LOVE being together-
and Addison loves being silly.
But really the 'silly award' goes to Hailey.
Christmas Morning!! The cute hat that Addison is wearing is also an old Pickett tradition...we always have to be wearing 'the hat' the open a present- this year Becca made our hat: Adorable!
Addison and Nana at the Science center...just one of the many 'activities' that Nana and Papa planned, mostly to appease Kelly :) He likes to have a plan and be going going going! The Science Center hosted the Harry Potter exhibit which was pretty awesome, at least for the family members that have read Harry Potter!- Addison loved it!
And he also loved being with his cousin Clay- here they are in their first moments, playing "Spies."
Laynie also loved her Christmastime. Here she is trying out her new Chinese jump rope that come in her stocking. I'll admit that I had to look it up on you tube to remind myself how we used to do this in elementary school...
Laynie also L.O.V.E.D. spending time with new baby Zoey...I love this picture with all the little girls mauling her :) This was a pretty typical scene when Zoey was not sleeping- and I LOVE Zoey's expression- like she is saying HELP ME!!
Laynie and Ella in their dress-ups...
This was Hailey's uniform over the Christmas holiday- for some reason she LOVES her swimsuit and wants to wear it ALL the time...because some battles just aren't worth fighting, we let her wear her butterfly bathing suit like everyday-
Okay, so it was either her butterfly bathing suit OR a princess dress-up... here is Hailey with Papa Bob, who she has wrapped around her little finger!
And with Grandma Lucy... my kids LOVE their Papa Bob and Grandma Lucy, and I am so happy we live close enough to see them regularly!!
One of the last days in Seattle, the adults went to the temple together- we had to brave the snowy roads, but it was worth it to be in the temple with the fam!
Goofy Kelly :) I LOVE HIM!!
The last night together, we went bowling!!
Seriously, how cute is Laynie in her bowling shoes?