Saturday, December 27, 2008

Christmas 2008

We enjoyed seeing what "Santa" brought as well as helping Brayden open his gifts. It was a fun time for us 4 and we ended the day with a nice ham dinner!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Let It Snow...Let It Snow....

We've had such a fun week full of snow, snow and more snow!! School was cancelled for 3 days in a row- talk about houseitis! Today it has "dumped" on Vancouver, and of course Emily had to get in on the action. We spent the morning running errands and looking for a sled, but there were none to be found. I got my creative juices flowing with some help from a friend (thanks Rachel), and tied Emily's jump rope to a laundry basket and hauled her down the driveway. It was a blast!! A neighbor let us borrow their sled too so Emily and her friend had a ton of fun! As I type this 4 hours later it is STILL snowing. What an experience this has been!

Monday, December 15, 2008

You Know You Are In Washington When....

It snows not even a quarter of an inch and your child is out playing in the "snow." I had to take pictures of this classic moment for Emily. She went outside twice yesterday in all her glory!!!

Monday, December 8, 2008

My Baby Is Growin' Up!

This past weekend we took some digital photo's to make holiday cards out of. They turned out really well. Now that we are a family of 4, it takes a lot of patience, coordination, good moods(critical for our youngest), and A LOT of wine afterwards for me to make it through this process. Emily was a gem and smiled pretty for the camera in most of the shots. This particular one I fell in love with, not because it's the greatest, but because it's the most casual, easy going photo of them all. I looked at it and got teary realizing that she looks SO grown up now and changes daily before our eyes! Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Craft Project

This year I decided to do a little recycling craft project. We took old glass baby food jars and decoupaged red and green tissue paper on the body, stuck a candle inside and covered it with holiday material that Emily picked out. It was really fun and Emily loved helping. We are giving them to the neighbors along with some homemade peanut brittle. This was my first experience making it and quickly realized it's not as simple as I thought when I burnt the first batch! Second time is a charm and turned out pretty yummy so I will be making more soon. Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Emily's First Christmas

I remember 2003 like it was yesterday. Emily's first Christmas was so wonderful and it was our first as a "family." I remember we got our first family photo done and the picture below to have Christmas cards made. Emily has always been photogenic and I loved her chubby cheeks. It is always fun to look back and remember those times. Now I look forward to this grown up Kindergartener who gets VERY into Christmas and helping me decorate. She is eager to see what Santa will bring her even though her dad keeps saying "a lump of coal." "Daddy you are just teasing" she says with a grin on her face. Each year becomes more special as she begins to comprehend the true meaning of this special holiday season. Happy December 1st!