Christmas Past ~1999

Friday, December 7, 2007
I must preface this one by saying that this was absolutely one of my favorite Christmases ever. Hence, there are a lot of pictures in this post. I remember it so fondly. Will was 2 and 1/2 which is the PERFECT Christmas age. He was not scared of Santa. He knew about baby Jesus (although he went to a Jewish pre-school and the next Christmas decided he believed in the star instead of the cross for a brief period of time). However, the best part was that my Mom and my step father and my sister and her husband all flew to Houston to spend Christmas with us. This was the first and only time that has happened. We all had so much fun! My step father was healthy and I don't think anyone hurt anyone's feelings. In my memory it was simply perfect. I don't even remember feeling stressed that year!


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Our Christmas card photo 1999.

Kate's Godfather and Staci's husband, Long took this photo.

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Will liked Santa this year. Although it looks like he is pinching him in this photo.


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We always took a picture in front of the tree at the Houston Galleria and then we would have lunch. It became our little tradition. We always went a few days before (or the day before) Thanksgiving. Will and I would get there early to be one of the first in line and Dave always met us there.


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This year we also started another tradtion. Each year we let the kids get and decorate their own small tree. That way they leave the big tree alone;)



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Our house that year. We hosted a big Christmas party for the Moms group that I helped start at church. I cannot find the photos of the party but it was so much fun!



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Will enjoying a gingerbread man. He loved them.



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We all went out to brunch while my family was in town.



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Christmas Eve



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Mimi read Will "Twas the night before Christmas." This is another of our traditions.



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This Christmas Will was all about the trains.




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Daddy built you a train table and Santa brought a lot of Thomas stuff.



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You could not have been happier!




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Uncle Moon, see my Thomas train!




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All the men.. Uncle Moon, Bubba, Will and Dave.



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Will with the women!

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Me, my Mom and my sister.

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Cousins, Jamie and Olivia,also came over on Chrismas Day. You all kept hiding under the train table.



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This project is taking a lot more time than I envisioned. It is forcing me to reorganize my photos. I hope I can actually make it through the next 7 years (actually 6 years because 2006 is at the very beginning of this blog already!)

Year 2000 is next and we had a brand new baby---Harry!

23 comments:

  1. just checking in before bed... What a great stroll down Christmas past. I love how it brings back so many wonderful memories for you...

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  2. Once again, I love going back in time with you!
    1999 DID look and sound like the perfect Christmas...loved your Christmas card photo! And the train set looked like so much fun.
    I still remember the year that our dad bought us a race car track for Christmas - such a blast!

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  3. I for one am having a ball with your Christmas past posts ~ I love it!!!

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  4. Will was the cutest 2 1/2 year old ever. Love the Christmas photo that year, it's perfect.

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  5. This is such an awesome way to remember. Thanks for letting us all come along!
    You are right about the age thing...last year I was really excited for Christmas (she was barely 2) but this year she soooo gets it and I can't wait!

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  6. Thanks for sharing such special memories, Kim. It looks like it certainly was one to remember with happiness.

    Here's to many more happy years,
    Lisa

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  7. Such great photos! I love the little Christmas tree, such a cute idea!

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  8. I just finished another blog, so I thought I'd stop by. I love these posts. Will was so cute!

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  9. Kim,

    It's so nice to look back. That was a really nice Christmas. I even had my "parenthesis" back then.

    I'm glad it looked like Kate likes her nativity little people toy! Well we can't wait to see 2000!

    Love,
    Dawn

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  10. Wonderful photos! It's so fun to look back. Eli is loving trains right now too, he's almost the same age Will was then.

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  11. Thanks for sharing such special memories. I may try to go back as well, but of course that involves lots of scanning, etc. Not sure I have the energy.

    I can't believe that esnips has that song now...just my luck! Thanks for your continued prayers for Maggie...have a great weekend~

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  12. so fun kim!
    your home was soooooooooooo gorgeous!! oh my!
    & i love the luminaires on the front walk...so so pretty
    hugs

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  13. Great photo's Kim! I love your idea of Christmas' past.

    Kim and Katiebug

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  14. This is priceless and your family is precious!

    Thank you for sharing!

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  15. So great to see photos from the past. You guys are such a beautiful family. There is just something wonderful about a train track. My kids both love playing with trains.

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  16. How wonderful! I am really enjoying these post ~ Will is so cute, but I am ready for Harry :D

    I had to LOL when I saw the outside of your house - it looks just like our old house! Isn't that funny. Oh and I love the Galleria! Have you ever gone ice skating there? That is where I went ice skating for the first time!

    Ladybug hugs,
    ;D

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  17. What a beautiful xmas card picture. Sounds like a perfect Christmas.

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  18. Hi Kim,

    You, your mom, and sister all share the same beautiful smile!

    It's so fun to stop in and see how you all are doing.

    Give my love to your guys and Miss Kate for me!

    TJ

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  19. What wonderful memories for you all.....thanks for taking us on the journey with you too!

    BTW....we are still around....December has been pretty crazy for us! We hope to post more soon! Have a great week Kim!

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  20. Your sister is so pretty. She looks like a movie star.

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