Monday, December 31, 2012

Christmas Eve Festivities 2012

On Christmas Eve we baked cookies for Santa, put reindeer food outside in the grass, set out milk and cookies for Santa, and read The Night Before Christmas. I have tried to make The Night Before Christmas book special by only reading it on Christmas Eve every year. It has become something that the kids really look forward to.

Christmas at Grandma's House

We opened gifts with my parents, brother and sister-in-law, and my uncle and aunt a few days before Christmas. It was actually our Christmas Eve since we celebrated Christmas Day a day early. We had steaks and baked potato for dinner, and watched Home Alone after opening presents. It was a fun night with family!

Christmas Presents from The Kids

We are blessed with the sweetest children. Jenny and Aiden both made Jaime and I gifts this year. Jenny made hers at school, and Aiden made his at Awana.

Pictures in Front of the Tree

Gingerbread Houses 2013

One of our Christmas traditions is to make gingerbread houses. We started it last year, and I hope it is something we continue every year. One year I hope to even have a gingerbread house contest - Jaime and Aiden vs. Jenny, Sophia, and I. Here are the gingerbread houses we made this year. The first few pictures are of the gingerbread house Jenny made at Girl Scouts.

Christmas Pictures

We had the kids' Christmas pictures taken at the end of November. I love having their pictures made for Christmas cards. Here are a few of my favorites.

Our Christmas Tree 2012

For some reason I am obsessed with making our Christmas tree as close to perfect as possible. This year is my favorite so far, but I already have a few changes/additions in mind for next year. I had planned on making a tree topper this year, but I never got around to it. There's always next year!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Sophia is 8 Months Old!

Sophia, you are 8 months old! You turned 8 months old on December 4, 2012. 8 months just seems so big! You are doing so much, and it is very bittersweet.

You are very mobile! You crawl anywhere and everywhere. I can't keep you in one room for very long! You love to follow people around - especially Aiden and I.

You have started to pull up on things. You love to stand up. We had to lower your crib mattress because every morning we find you standing up in your crib. It looks like you will be walking before you turn a year old, just like your big brother!

We have started giving you table foods. You love mashed potatoes! You have also tried oatmeal, and sweet potatoes.

You have two teeth on bottom, but I know there are some on top that have been bothering you. You are chewing on things like crazy, and slobbering everywhere.

You wear 6-9 and some 9-12 month clothes. You wear a size 3 shoe and a size 3 diaper.

You are still a very happy baby. I am so lucky to have such an easy-going child. I can take you anywhere and you are almost always good. You just go with the flow which works out great with our schedule (or lack of a schedule).

I can't believe how fast you are growing! I am going to start planning your birthday before I know it! Your Daddy and I love you so much, and we are so Blessed by you!!

Love always,

Daddy and Mama

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