Two peas in a pod...sometimes

A few days after Christmas we headed out to my parents' house in Alabama.  We had such a good time.  Obviously, I was most excited about seeing my newest niece, Holly.  Who is a gorgeous, happy baby.  But what was really fun, was seeing how James and Laney got along...or didn't.  It was really one way or the other for them.  But I have so many cute pictures of them together.  I had to share.
This is at a park down by a river near my parents' house.

Almost a nightly activity, sink baths.  Whenever anyone was at the kitchen sink,  these two came running around the corner.  Delaney was trying to take off her clothes and James would say, "Bath?  Bath?  Bath?"

They loved playing on the stairs.  Fun for them, a little scary at times for us.

My mom got the kids some really cute bubble wands.  We took them outside to play with them, these two preferred the marshmallows.

They looked out the windows a lot.  I'm not sure what they were looking for, but it was interesting.

It was so fun to watch them together.  Delaney is used to having my mom all to herself, so this was a major adjustment for her.  She was a little jealous (that's an understatement).  James was okay with all the attention she was taking from him, until one day he snapped.  He was done.  Grandma was his, too.  And they fought over her literally every second of the day.

Christmas morning...

Christmas snuck up on me this year.  It came way too fast.  But here are a few pics.  
Did you know that if you do not have a chimney, Santa uses his magic and makes one appear in your house.  This way he can get in and out without ringing the doorbell.  (Thanks to "The Santa Clause" for teaching us that).  And look, he left foot prints again.

Tim got Madden football for the Wii.  All the boys loved playing it.  James just kept repeating over and over, "foo-bawl" and pointing to the TV.  What a cutie.  And I'm not sure if you knew this, but playing Wii is apparently hazardous, check out Tim's head wear.

My parents got James this b-ball hoop and he loves it.  He plays basketball everyday, no exaggeration.  

The only thing Matthew wanted for Christmas was a car or motorcycle.  He wanted nothing else.  Luckily, Santa came through and delivered.  At the same moment Matthew saw the jeep, he saw a bottle of bubble bath by his stocking.  He promptly ran to the bubble bath and scooped it up and studied it.  "How did Santa know I like bubble baths?"  he asked gleefully.  Uh yeah, bubble bath, great.  Did you notice the car parked right next to it?  Who knew how simple Christmas could have been?!

Vroom vroom.  Unfortunately, it rained all Christmas day.  But the next day we got to take his sweet ride out for a test drive.  I even tried it out.  So much fun and he loves it.