Saturday, December 20, 2008

Merry Christmas

We wanted to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas! We are so thankful for our wonderful family and friends. Happy Holidays from our family to yours!

With love,
The Port Family

Holden & Rylan Christmas 2008

Girls Night Out

This past year has been a busy one! Each one of the girls in our playgroup has had their second child-so we have had a tough time getting together. However, we made time this past Wednesday night at Village Tavern for a couple of much needed drinks:) And each of us were SO glad we did! We all caught up and shared a couple of great laughs. I am sure all of our husbands ears were burning from the stories we were telling! Thanks for such a great night girls. Look forward to many more in 2009.

Jenn R., Michele, Beth, Jenn W., Me

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Breakfast with the Clauses

The Boys with the Clauses

There are several Breakfast with Santa's around town, but we have been going to the same one for the past 3 years. The "Seniors" of Alpharetta put it together, and the first year I did not know what to expect since it did not cost anything except an unwrapped gift. All the other ones were expensive and elaborate...Santa comes in on a firetruck, Santa and pancakes and so on. But to my surprise, I was impressed! They really do a great job, each one is dressed in holiday gear and are so excited to see the kids. Since Holden was not very happy with the mall Santa, I was reluctant about going to breakfast with the Clauses. However, we had registered for the event weeks ago, I thought we would try it anyways. Thankfully, it was a hit! He told both Santa and Mrs. Clause what he wanted for Christmas. But even though he was thrilled to see Santa and Mrs. Clause, I think the highlight was the balloon guy....he made a sword and holder! What a morning with Santa:)

The Family with the Clauses

Kevin and Holden talking to the balloon guy

Holden happy about his sword and holder!

Friday, December 12, 2008

The Picture Says It All....

I met my friend Michele at the mall to have the kids pictures made with Santa on Friday. It's hard to say if Holden was scared of Santa or if he was just in a bad mood. Either way, the pictures says it all...

The only person that looks happy is the jolly old man! At least when the boys are older we can sit back and laugh at all the Santa photos. (Gotta love the boots! Holden had to have his pants tucked into his cowboy boots that morning and I really did not feel like arguing)

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Just Playing...

Just had to post a couple of pictures of the boys playing....

Holden "the Prince"

Holden at Jesus' Birthday Celebration

The boys cuddling

Helping dad

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Pink Pig

When I think about Christmas, I always think about the Pink Pig....not really! But this is an Atlanta tradition.

A little background: Priscilla got her start in 1953 at Rich’s department store in downtown Atlanta. For years, she gave kids a view of the store’s toy department and rode around proudly with her friend, Percival. But when that venerable institution closed, she became a bit more wayward. She spent some time at the Atlanta History Center first, and then went to the Festival of Trees held by Egleston Children’s Hospital. In 2003, also her 50th birthday, she came to the Macy’s at Lenox Square. And she’s been proudly twirling little kids in circles since then.

Since this this a Christmas tradition, Holden's class met for a field trip at the Pink Pig. The kids had a great time riding on the train and then they all had their picture made with Santa.

Ms. Jan's Class with Santa-(It was raining so Holden said he NEEDED his boots. He loves his rain boots-must be a boy thing!)

Monday, December 8, 2008

Children's Nativity

This past Sunday Holden and I attended the Children's Nativity at church. Each year the Children's Choir puts on a concert to tell the story of Jesus' birth. It was really amazing to see how much Holden already knew about Jesus' birth, Mary & Joseph, the Shepard's, and the wise men. The entire concert he kept asking me where certain people were or asking when certain people where coming out. He also kept asking why Mary was leaving baby Jesus...(Mary had a little stage freight) and telling me he wanted to dress up and sing. So, in January Holden will be able to join the choir. I am sure there will be some funny stories to come.

SEC Weekend

Florida vs. Alabama
What a weekend at the Port household! On Friday, Kevin and our friend Sean took Holden and Grant to the SEC Fan Fair. Kevin and Sean both graduated together from Florida so of course both boys were decked out in their Florida gear as they headed downtown. With it being Friday and knowing Atlanta traffic, they decided to take Marta, Atlanta's transit train, to the Georgia Dome. Holden and Grant LOVED the train!

At Fan Fair the boys ran around the flag football field, threw footballs, and as boys do, tackled! They had so much fun!!

Holden and Grant on Marta

The boys have the same jacket and we did not know it!

Future Tim Tebow's

The big game was Saturday and Kevin could only get 2 tickets so instead of taking me, his wife, he asked his Dad. As many of you may know, Holden loves the Gators. Despite my repeated attempts, Holden will not cheer for Ole Miss. Sadly, it is a lost cause. With that being said, Holden cried when they left for the game saying he would sit still if he could go to the game, but he was stuck at home with me and Rylan. However, I promised we would watch the game! So we watched some of the game as Holden ran around saying he was Holden Tim Tebow. Final score of the game 31-20!!

Tim Tebow

Dad-Daddy (Kevin's Dad)

Final Score 31-20

Great game Gators! See you all at the National Championship game in Miami!!!

Christmas Program

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle All The Way....

The annual Preschool Christmas program was Thursday, and what a program it was! Holden was excited about singing before he went to school, and I told him that we would be there to watch him perform. I was wondering if he would really sing this year or just yell "That's my Mommy" or "Hey Daddy" and wave while everyone else sang (That was what he did at the Spring Program). But to my surprise, he sang and even "performed" for everyone. What I mean by "perform," he was acting like he was playing the guitar and stomping his foot as he was singing! It was a sight to see! I think Aunt Jen almost cried, she was laughing so hard.

The kids sang the following songs:

Gotta Sing
Christmas Day Will Soon Be Here
Stomp, Stomp, Stomp
O Come, Little Children
Go Tell It On The Mountain
Jingle Bells
We Wish You A Merry Christmas

After the program, several parents came up to me and said he was really "groovin'" and that they enjoyed watching him in the show.

I think maybe his calling is to perform-we will have to work on the singing but he has the audience captivated!

Holden is the one on the far left 4th row-Dancing

Gingerbread House

I remember as a child making gingerbread houses at my Memaw's when school was let out for the Christmas holiday. Back then we made them out of graham crackers, icing and milk cartons. Thankfully, there is an easier way now...a gingerbread house kit! It may be easier but as the pictures illustrate, it is just as messy!
I think Holden ate more cookies than what actually made it to our roof-but we made some great memories!

Working hard on the Gingerbread house

Eating the icing, of course!