the Paladinos


Friday, December 28, 2012 by Leslie Paladino

Gabby was overjoyed this afternoon to look out the window and see snow!  Big, beautiful snowflakes!  I woke Peter up from his nap to see it and he wasn’t quite as happy but he got into it after awhile. 

Little stinker throwing a snowball at me through the window. 

Daddy’s throwing a snowball in retaliation. 

Christmas Morning

Tuesday, December 25, 2012 by Leslie Paladino

We had a great Christmas morning and are having a relaxed Christmas day.  Just what we needed!  I guess it won’t be a white Christmas for us here but we hope that our Central Arkansas family stays safe and warm with the winter weather rolling in.

For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His
name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6

Gabby about to open her Christmas present from Santa.

Just what she asked for!  A bell from Santa’s sleigh.

And Peter asked for “David and Brody’s Mack truck.”

Train table!  He literally left this thing once to go to the bathroom and that’s it.  We had to force him to eat lunch and take a nap both of which ended in tears because he couldn’t play with his toys.  Signs of a successful Christmas!

Papa Dino’s Paver that the kids and I made for his back yard.

Rudolph Pancake

Twas the Night Before Christmas

Tuesday, December 25, 2012 by Leslie Paladino

Yesterday was our first Christmas eve since we’ve had the kids that we didn’t go out of town and it was so nice.  In fact, last Christmas eve we spent part of the night in the ER when Gabby had an allergic reaction to something.  Definite upgrade!  Michael took the day off and Papa Dino came in.  It was a full day but also a day spent making lots of memories.  There was ice skating, cookie decorating, Christmas eve service at church, opening the kids presents from Papa Dino and then playing them (Wii games!), putting out reindeer food and leaving cookies and milk out for Santa.  Gabby was so excited she even took something to bed with her then threw it down after we turned out the lights and tried to convince Peter that it was Santa.  Smile  Love that imagination and excitement!

Papa Dino reading a story Sunday night after he came in.
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Playing in the scraped ice or “snow.”

Wii game.  Just Dance Disney edition.
Reindeer food we made at Gabby’s school Christmas party.
Putting out the reindeer food to guide them in. 
Santa’s cookies and milk.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
while visions of sugar plums danced in their heads.