Saturday, December 31, 2011

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.

We tried to interest Ella in opening her gifts again the next morning, but it was a no-go. She would push the presents away and say "No presents, Papa I want my puzzles" Papa had put the puzzles she usually plays with in the basement, but they promptly came back out! And nope, none of the gifts got opened.

Kate and Shane came back over to play and visit. Ella loves Shane and recognizes him from his blog and pictures, but she had a difficult time sharing Papa with him. Whenever Papa would hold him she would grab his hand and say something like "Papa, lets go play with my toys in the other room!" Papa did a good job multitasking though.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Christmas Brunch

We all went to Kate and Colin's house for brunch and to exchange gifts and had a great time! Note that none of the toys Ella is playing with are hers...

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Christmas Morning

Christmas morning did not go anything like I had envisioned.... Despite all the hype about santa coming and bringing (2) toys, she slept super late- like until 7:30. We were actually all showered, dressed and ready for church by the time she woke up. She was very excited about her stocking. Unfortunately Beba had put food in her stocking, so once she saw the bag of pretzels and her orange, it just reminded her that she needed to have breakfast.

She was in a great mood and played peek-a-boo while we opened our gifts. She hid when we suggested that she open any.

So without anyone completing gift opening, we had breakfast and left for church. She was on exceptional behavior in church, by the way. SHe did sing quite loudly though and made up all her own lyrics.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Christmas Eve

I'm not sure what this sour puss was all about, but this was on our way out the door for the Christmas Eve get together at Auntie Nan's house. Actually, we had to wake her up from a nap to get there on time, so she was still waking up.

After the party, we decided to make another trip to see Santa. "Bright Nights" which is a huge drive through light display at Forest Park which also happens to have a Santa, and you can bring your own camera. She was very excited to see Santa again. When we asked her if she wanted to see Santa she said "Yeah, he's going to give me a candy cane!" And then when we got out of the car and said it was time to see Santa she said "We need to buy a ticket first." There was NO line- being Christmas Eve, people all had other things to do, I'm sure. So here she is in line, looking at pretty ornaments and not watching Santa.

Here is was when she saw Santa. It was horrible, when I tried to take her coat off and bring her up there, she was screaming with tears streaming down her face and her legs wrapped so tight around me holding on for dear life. So we said sorry Santa, not today. She did yell "goodbye Santa" through the tears when we were walking out the door. It was so sad.

When we got home, we set out some milk and cookies and carrots for Santa and the Reindeer. Ella colored him a picture and instructed me how to sign her name. We left the cookies in the safe keeping of Mr Elf, and said goodbye to him too until next year.

Happy 1st Birthday Taylor

Happy 1st Birthday Taylor! We can't wait to celebrate your big day with you this weekend! We are so glad we've gotten to see you grow up this past year

Tuesday, December 27, 2011


Ella was not really into the gift aspect of Christmas. This was probably 5:30pm and she finally opened her first gift. I think she opened 2 and she had enough. Papa was enticing her that night and again the following morning and she would push the gifts away and say "No presents, I want my puzzles."

Monday, December 26, 2011

Inside Sledding

While you anxiously wait for us to upload photos from Christmas, here are some videos of Ella playing with her new sled... All we need now is some snow.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

We hope you all have a wonderful day!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Helping with the gift wrapping...

After she was done crinkling the paper she took her telescope to "go look for pirates".

Sorry Santa, there is no room.

I had grand plans of putting together Ella's new bookcase and breathing a sigh of relief knowing where all the new toys were going to go. My line of thinking, was "bring it on Santa. We're ready." However it seems that we don't really have room for anymore toys! Now what? All her gifts, better fit in that one little empty cubby.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Quantity Control

I made more cookies.... not really because I wanted to, but because I have a problem with quantity control. When I was headed to our cookie making day with Lauren and the kids, I had bought cookie dough at BJ's because of the last minuteness of our plans. Of course I didn't buy just one 5lb tub of cookie dough, I bought 2. SO we used one there and between the cookies the kids tasted and the ones we split up, it wasn't a completely ridiculous amount. However, the 2nd 5lb tub of dough has been taking up a lot of room in my freezer, so I needed to make the rest of the cookies. I didn't count how many cookies I made but it was enough to fill 5 gladware containers, and another plate for us. I gave away one whole container to our neighbors, so that leave 4 containers of cookies for Christmas. I hope the Harris's are hungry for cookies (unfortunately i know that only those of us who married into the family ever eat sweets...) So, Colin and Courtney, save room for some cookies!

On a side note, you really need more than 1 person to make cookies with a double oven. The cookies are prettier when you decorate them without help from kids, but it is way less fun (but less messy too).

Thursday, December 22, 2011

She can jump!

This is what 20 minutes of quiet looks like.

Please allow me to set the stage for this mess. It was 8:19 am, I can see on the DVR. Ella woke up after 7am, so we'll say that she was awake for a little over an hour in which time she had watched a 20 minute bubble guppies show and had breakfast (ie, not yet making this mess). So after all that, she was quietly playing (dangerous) and Nate and I were sitting on the other side of the Christmas tree enjoying our coffee and the quiet for about 20 minutes, and this is what we found. It was worth it though, for sure. And Julie, I am pretty impressed that we got in our 11 minutes so early in the day!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

jumping kiddos

Ella and Thomas decided to jump off the curb.

Unfortunately for Ella, she can't jump.

So, Thomas jumped off the curb, while Ella just bounced up and down yelling "I'm jumping!"

Acadia doesn't jump either.

But they were all cute trying!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Huge Tree

Amy, the kids and I met in Portsmouth, NH for lunch and found this huge tree and tried to take some pictures of the kids....

This is as close as we got to 3 "smiles"...

Monday, December 19, 2011

Master Manipulator

Nate was trying to do something productive on the computer, and Ella climbed right up onto his lap... I don't think so daddy.

But you can "rub my back" as she likes to request.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Party Girl

Party Shoes

I'm not sure what she was doing in this picture, but the look on Nate's face really makes me feel like it couldn't have been good.