Friday, January 31, 2014

Family Time

While Boyd and Andrew visited we had plenty of fun family time at home enjoying each others company.

Mom and Lucy story time.

We also had the chance to meet with one of our friends from Alaska who randomly lives right here in Texas, and attends the same church congregation as us! Always a small world in the church. 

Tickle monster!

Drink it up while you can!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Christmas Morning 2013: Present Time

On "Christmas Morning" we had a great time opening presents and hanging out.

The traditional morning treat feast.

Lucy's Christmas wish came true! After telling Santa so many times, she got her very own water table from Uncle Boydie!

Opening her first present Christmas morning.

Modeling her new hair clip from Aunt Emily!

Thanks for the cute jacket, Grandma Gayle!

Loving her new book, too!

Clara's favorite present, tissue paper! Thanks, Lucy!

Clara's Christmas wish came true! Tags to chew on!

Thanks for the awesome game, Stephen and Raven!



Clara trying out her new book from Grandma Gayle & Grandpa Billy!

Thanks for the glasses, Lucy!

Thanks for the scarf, Emily! Thanks for the snood, Kay! I love them!

This year when talking about Christmas with Lucy instead of asking her "all" the things she wanted to receive, we listened as she shared her one wish, and then instead of asking her, "what else?", we would then ask her what she planned on giving. We tried to change the focus from insisting that she have a list of many items to rattle off at a moments notice, to thinking about how the season was about giving to those around you. We talked about it and she had a nice little list of what she was going to give each family member. We had a fun time going shopping together and letting her pick out gifts. Sunglasses for dad, earrings for mom, and church shoes for Clara.

Since Clara needed to wear the shoes before Christmas came, we just had an empty box under the tree and planned on putting the shoes in Christmas eve so that she could open them the next morning.

Christmas morning came around and Boyd helped Clara open her present from Lucy. We had a big laugh when we realized that we had forgotten to put the shoes back in. Clara still enjoyed her box full of tissue paper, which is all a baby really wants for Christmas anyway.

Merry Christmas to all!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Christmas Eve 2013

Finally getting closer to the big day!

Here is how we celebrated Christmas Eve this year: We did it twice!

Since my brother Boyd and his friend Andrew were flying in on Christmas day, we decided to wait and open presents the next day so that we could do it all together. We figured that when you are three years old, Christmas day is whatever day everyone around you tells you it is!

So, on December 24th we had some fun Christmas eve activities, and continued doing a few more on December 25th, only to open presents and truly celebrate on December 26th with Boyd and Andrew!

It went great!

A walk around the block looking at Christmas decorations and singing Christmas songs.

Amazing homemade tamales and cookies from our thoughtful neighbors!

Hot chocolate, popcorn, pajamas, and The Nutcraker on Netflix.

Hand drawn artwork on gift wrapping.

The bounteous bread fairy came. Ie: Uncle Boydie!

Twins in red!

Sooo excited to have Uncle Boydie finally here!

Clara rocking her new outfit from Nana!

Proudly displaying her new Christmas pj's from Nana.

Zach's Christmas wish came true: Someone to play games with!

Card display

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Strained Peas: Baby Hitler

While feeding Clara strained peas one night, I noticed an uncanny resemblance in manner and appearance to a famous dictator.

"I do not like green peas in a jar. I do not like them near, or far."


While attempting to break her of her dictatorial approach to eating, we keep giving her new foods to try.

At this Asian restaurant rice was on the menu, unfortunately she couldn't handle it and coughed it back up. I guess she first needs to master swallowing things other than liquids, such as successfully masticating and swallowing a soft piece of bread, before tacking bits of rice.

Small food particles, who knew?

"Who me?"

Wise words indeed.

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