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Christmastime in Alabama

Y’all… I was starting to fear that I wouldn’t be able to squeeze in another post before Santa squeezes his fat body down our chimney… it’s been a little nutty around here but nothing Erika and I couldn’t capture on film memory.


I asked Santa for a fat baby… he conceded. Can y’all tell he’s still not sleeping through the night, but rather eating through the night?


We spent the better part of Tuesday baking cookies for jolly ole Saint Nick. The kids had a blast and Tami and I planned a Christmas party for 2009… our wheels were turnin’ and we’re both already excited about next Christmas!



One of Justin’s best friend’s mother brought the kids the cutest gingerbread houses I’ve ever seen!! There was a snowman hiding inside. She said the girls will do it with her next year… unfortunately, I fear it won’t be near as cute! Thanks, Janine!!


I hope Santa is hungry… we’ve got lots of cookies for him! I also hope he’s not diabetic.


I tend to be of the opinion that PRESENT-ation is important…. and lots of fun! And I have thoroughly enjoyed all the labels I’ve spotted in the last few days! 🙂



I mentioned that Erika was here… did I mention that she brought her girls too?


Penelope was eyeing these, or maybe it was the breakfast casserole that sat next to it? {Mimi, do you see I’m using all my beautiful candlewick that you sent me home with? I love it!}


I did a few last minute things for the girls… a couple of superhero capes! Morgan has told us that she’d like a “talking princess”… slightly worried that the cape will disappoint. I guess we’ll see.


As we exchanged gift this morning with Erika and Chance… I overheard him tell John Martin he’s going to teach him to drive next Christmas… and something about giving him an old red Ford Bronco? 🙂


The hours are few before Christmas morning and {like a child} I simply cannot wait. We’re headed to our church’s candlelight service this evening and then to celebrate with family before we attempt to tuck in two three overstimulated children!

I hope that you each have a very blessed and Merry Christmas!!!

ps- If you click on any of these pictures it will take you to an album full of others from the last few days.

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  • meredith
    December 24, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    Merry Christmas to the Stickler Family! I too have baked my fair share of Christmas cookies this year and I am totally using your sticker idea for next year! Have a great holiday and a Happy New Year!


  • Dianne
    December 24, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    Merry Christmas to the most wonderful family on the planet!!!!!! I hope Santa is good to all of you.

  • becky
    December 24, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    awww…thanks for sharing all of those pictures with us. (and in true stalker fashion, i looked at all nearly 100 of them!) erika’s girls are so cute. they take the cutest pup pics. and raiger’s little chubba hands getting into that gingerbread house and i LOVE a fat baby!! probably b/c i have a fat rolly polly baby girl!
    i’m so glad i have gotten to “meet” you and your fam this year. i pray GOd will continue to bless you all in this new year. the sticklers…what a precious bunch!

  • Aulick Family
    December 24, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    Merry Christmas Stickler Family!!

  • Shireen
    December 24, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    Everything looks SO BEAUTIFUL and YUMMY! I’d gain 10 lbs at your house this weekend! 🙂
    Christmastime in Alabama sure is sweet!!!
    Merry Merry Christmas to you, Darby, and to your family! I love the first picture of you kissing JM. I’m glad you took a minute to post! 🙂 I knew you were having fun, but the updates are so good!
    I’m thankful that Erika and Chance were able to make it to see y’all too!
    Love you and peace to you all this Christmas.

    December 26, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    You are just so organized, Darby!
    You just kill me! That John Martin is about the cutest thing I have ever seen! I know you all had such a wonderful Christmas especially with Erika and Chance and their babies there. What fun!

    Happy New Year and God Bless!

  • Mandy
    December 27, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    Merry Christmas….precious children….hope all was peaceful and fun! Mandy

  • jeana
    December 27, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    what a PRECIOUS chubby baby boy you have!!!! everything looks so wonderful for Christmas. Hope you guys had a great time together. xoxo

  • hootsmom
    December 29, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    Love your blog. I also love the pics of the family in bed. Not weird at all. our family christmas card was in our bed this year. too cute.

  • No.35style
    December 30, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    Your girls look so adorable making cookies and that little man is just so cute! I like your rug and your christmas packaging with the tags.