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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Fa la la la la la la la late.

So, what better way to celebrate New Year’s Eve than to post pictures of our Christmas festivities?  Sure, it’s almost a week late, but I’m hardly punctual. 

December 2009 010This was the only photo I got of Anna in her full outfit.  After this point, the shoes came off, the drooling commenced, and the bow was pulled.  Of course my child is doing something really random like holding a Tostitos bag in this picture, but I thought I’d post it anyway.   

December 2009 017Here’s our only family photo.  As usual, Joe is copping a feel, my hair is covering his face, we’re out of focus and our child is looking at something else.  

December 2009 018 Joe is copping a lower feel and it even looks like Anna is trying to cop a feel.  I obviously think this is all funny.  Joe’s eyes are closed.  Anna is, once again, looking at something else. 

December 2009 025 Our aunt had the diamonds from my late grandmother’s 50th wedding anniversary set in a necklace for all of the granddaughters.  It was the greatest gift we could’ve received – we were all very emotional.  L to R:  Cousin Aly, Cousin Heather, Me, My sister Nicolle, Cousin Meredith

December 2009 028 Here’s the necklace.  What a wonderful tribute to an incredible woman. 

December 2009 037 Here we are (sister, me) with my grandfather, a retired Marine. 

December 2009 053 Here’s my child in a mound of presents.  She looks a little overwhelmed, doesn’t she?

December 2009 055 And here she is playing with the wrapping paper.  That’s really all she cared about. 

December 2009 059 Future blackmail photo.  I call this one, “Dazed and Confused.”

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Yay!  Finally a good photo of her precious woodchuck teeth!

December 2009 065 Yeah, I think it’s safe to say that my child really loves this mailbox toy.  Also, did you know that all Fisher-Price toys have the same aggravating woman voice?  I’m extremely happy about this since about 80% of her toys are from Fisher-Price.  Head.bang.against.wall.

Let’s get a little up close and personal, shall we?  I love the photos below.  My grandmother took them with her new camera.  She did a great job!

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Anna makes this face when she smells something stinky.  She must’ve found daddy in the bathroom again.  Either that or her Christmas meal kicked in.  Bada bing, bada boom.

img_0062 img_0065 I don’t want no stinkin’ beans.


Gee, Anna is looking away from the camera. 

18570_226625608239_511683239_3280123_2513284_n The whole family!  Looks like my sister and I traded spouses.  Oh, and there are lots of orbs in this picture.  Perhaps my mom’s house is haunted.  L to R:  Brother-in Law Trent, me, Mom, Anna, dad, Joe, Nicolle (Aunt Lea Lee)

18570_226625438239_511683239_3280101_2080507_n Anna’s and my BFF – Aunt Lea Lee.  I love my sister! Oh, she’s 17 weeks pregnant, too.  Woo hoo!  I’m going to be an aunt. 

Overall, Christmas day was wonderful. We all kept the gift giving to a minimum and just chose to focus on the real reason for the season - family, friends, Jesus, food that is good. Ok, the season isn't really about food, but if you're in my family, that is certainly one of the perks! My mom cooked a delicious meal that everyone enjoyed.  We played “Bad/Dirty Santa” and exchanged cool, but inexpensive, gifts.  Anna got more toys than she needs, and I got to spend time with the greatest people on earth – my family. 

I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas this year.

Be safe and have fun tonight, don't pop fireworks in your house or eat too many black eyed peas tomorrow. May all of your hopes and dreams come true this year. Remember to always focus on what's important - your family and your health. Everything else is secondary.


Gina said...

Great pictures! What a wonderful gift from your aunt - very special!

Happy New Year!

MSLibLady said...

Seriously? Like FP doesn't make enough money making plastic toys? You'd think they'd be able to hire more than one lady to do all the voices! It's horrible!

Leanne said...

I am right there with you on the annoying sounds all those toys make. Sadly, I find myself singing the ridiculous songs even when I'm alone- in the shower, on the way to work!! Glad you guys had a nice Christmas!

Berg said...

I always hope my family doesn't notice because my boyfriend always has his hand placed in a similar area... What is it about men? They see a camera and their hands automatically slide into place like it's a natural camera routine. Funny that Anna is copping a feel- like father, like daughter!

Niki said...

Aw, what a great blog! I love you too! It was a wonderful Christmas, I can't wait until next year. Anna will be even more fun, and then we'll have my Jackson! :)

Russ, Anna, Pepper and Vesper said...

Your necklace is gorgeous!!!! My grandmother did the exact same thing with her rings before I got married. All the granddaughters got a drop necklace, and we all LOVED it!!!!! She had all different sizes of diamonds, so we drew numbers to decide who got which one. I got one of the BIG ones and was sooo pumped!!!! I wear that thing all the time and actually wore it on my wedding day

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