Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas 2010

We had a whirlwind Christmas this year, but it was wonderful!
Christmas Eve we headed to Mike's cousin Tom and his wife Stacey's house. Santa made a stop at the party to deliver gifts and we all spent time watching Peyton, Landon and their triplet cousins, Ethan, Cole and Liam play together.

Now, keep up here...
Peyton woke us up on Christmas morning and we opened Santa's gifts and our presents to eachother. She did understand Santa Claus and seemed pretty excited about her gifts.
At 830 we headed to Dave and Laura's for breakfast with Dad, Donna and the twins. The kids all had a great time playing together and opening their gifts. Donna, Laura and I had on our matching PJs (my mom and Gretch have them as well), and the kids had coordinating pjs as well. I got this idea from the DiMaria's years ago and I do it every year for my family now!




Next we headed back to our house and Nana, Papa and Aunt Gigi came over to spend the afternoon.
We opened gifts and watched the kids play with everything. We ate and were lazy for a bit. It was wonderful.










Of course you spend money on nice gifts and the kids love the bags and boxes more than the toys!








I put this pic of my Dad opening gifts at their house on Christmas morning because the only pics I have of him at our house are either blurry, or of him snoozing on my couch. I figured you'd rather I didn't post those pics, Daddy :)
Late in the afternoon, we got dressed (Finally I'm in a pic that I think looks okay!), and headed to Mike's Uncle Bill and Aunt Jan's. We visited with all of his cousins and Aunts and Uncles on his Dad's side and spent some more time with Dad and Donna before they headed to Marco the next day.

Peyton and Landon were ABSOLUTELY spoiled, and so were we. I hope everyone's Christmas was as wonderful as ours!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Landon is 9 Months Old

Dear Landon,

You are 9 months old today! We've had some fun new experiences this past month.

We celebrated you first Thanksgiving. You loved munching on some of the sweet potatoes and even the turkey. I don't have pictures of that day because your sis broke my camera, but I'll get some from your grandparents soon.

You got one of your top teeth last week and your working on another one as we speak. I feel bad because you've had a rough time with them and your little mouth has been sore, but your smile is so cute!


You are talking now, too!
Your first word was Dada. A few days later came Mama. We have even heard Nana and Papa. We're working on Boompa so maybe we can say that for your Grandpa for Christmas.

You are pulling yourself up on things now, too. You don't get to your feet, but you pull all the way up to your knees and you are so proud when you do. You scream and squeal each time. It's so fun to watch.

You spent time playing with some new friends this month, too. You had met Simon before. He and Aunt Valerie came for a playdate with Aunt Lindsey and Ethan but it had been a while.
This time Aunt Stephanie, Denny and his new little brother Jackson came, too.
The 3 of you rolled around and screeched on the floor for quite a while.


We are getting ready for your first Christmas next week and I can't wait. You absolutely love the Christmas tree. You stare at the lights endlessly and you love to crawl under it and grab onto some of the presents that are under there already.
You have unwrapped a few of them, but it was too cute while you were doing it for me to be upset by it.

Looking back over the past few months, I'm in awe of how quickly you are changing.
You are so good natured and so quick to smile and giggle. You LOVE to eat and you enjoy feeding yourself lots of snacks. You move like lighting with your little army crawl and grip onto anything you can.
Watching how much more you and Peyton are interacting now is amazing. Daddy and I love to watch you giggle at eachother and even play together sometimes. You follow her around and crawl over her. She grabs you and hugs you. You pull toys back and forth. I know you will fight like siblings do, but I'm so happy to know that you will grow up always having a playmate.
I can't wait to see what the next month brings. Thank you for every moment I've had with you!
I love you so much.
Love, Always and Forever,
Mama




Saturday, December 11, 2010

Just because he's so cute

How cute is my little boy?!

He's been saying Dada for several days now, but of course I can't catch him on video. Here's a cute video anyways...



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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Peyton IS 26 MONTHS

Dear Peyton,

My little girl... where to begin? I don't even have pictures for this month, it has been such a blur!
We've been on the go non-stop! We visited Santa and got your picture taken. You were very excited on our way there, but once it was our turn, you were less than thrilled. Somehow the picture was timed just so that your grimace looked a little like a smile.
We also celebrated Thanksgiving with your grandparents and aunts and uncle. You got to meet your adorable twin cousins that night as well.
You are still a picky eater so your Thanksgiving feast consisted of mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes with marshmallows.
You surprised me last week when you asked for chicken nuggets- and ate 8 of them! I was speechless.
We are now getting ready for the holidays and it is so fun to see you excited about it all. We have adopted our Elf on the Shelf and you've named him Murray (I assume because he is dressed in red like Murray the red Wiggle). Your Daddy and I love hearing you talk about Santa Claus and all of the Play Doh that you want (yes, all you have asked for is play doh).
Every morning you come running down the stairs to see where Murray is hiding for the
day.
We've put up our tree and the lights outside. I felt like a little girl all over again when you saw the tree lit up for the first time. It's so magical to see everything you are experiencing and how you react to it.
You try to explain how you are feeling and what you are thinking. Sometimes the frustration registers on your face. You speak so well, but there are some things you haven't quite figured out yet, or you can't grab the words right when you need them.
I love everything you say, though. You amaze me with some of the sentences you put together- or when you use sarcasm in the right way. You bowed to me the other day, smiled a wicked little smile, laughed and said "thank you oh so very much, thank you"
You sing tons of songs- these days they are mostly Christmas songs, and I love the personal flair you put on each of them.
I would, however, like to erase the word "No" from your vocabulary. You are definitely a 2 year old. The temper tantrums haven't gone away, but I think you are starting to get the idea that they don't get you what you want. We still have a ways to go, though.
I'll end this month by sharing the day we had today. We got our first snow!
Landon was at Nana and Papa's house last night for a sleepover so this morning your Daddy and I took you SLEDDING.
You LOVED IT!
You squealed and giggled and ran up the hill again and again. You threw snowballs and ate snow and enjoyed every second of it- and so did we.
I may not have pictures, but Daddy did get a little video of you taking on the hill.

video

I love you my little Snow Bunny!

Love Always and Forever,

Mommy