Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
This post is a little overdue... but we have been busy enjoying my Christmas break! We have been loving mornings in our jammas, visiting with family, and getting ready for Santa's arrival. However, our first Christmas was actually a little over a week ago. We celebrated with Greg's parents early since they were going to be out of town for a couple of weeks. It was so much fun to see the difference between Ivy last year and this year. Last year she would fixate on the first present she opened and be very uninterested in everything else.... this year she was unwrapping presents so fast just to see what was going to be next! Meemaw and Papaw spoiled her (and us!!) as usual. Ivy was excited about her ladybug tent and digital camera, she has been enjoying ALL the Barney DVD's over and over and over, and it never fails that she thinks she needs her purse and her "brella" everytime with leave the house. She had a fabulous Christmas with her Meemaw and Papaw and we are excited about more Christmases over the next few days!!
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Last weekend, Greg and I attended our first Clotfelter-Samokar Christmas party. I was excited to get dressed up and go out with my husband, but a little nervous to meet everyone. However we had a great time!! It was held at the Malone's party room and it was nice. It was good food and good times. While we were partying.... Ivy was having a fabulous time with Nana and Pops. We are so grateful that we are afforded an evening out with FREE all night childcare where our baby (or I guess toddler) is in good hands!
We had fun dressing up! And Ivy was so funny proclaiming this past Friday that she needed to wear boots and leggings to her Christmas Party at the babysitter's house! haha
Friday, December 18, 2009
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You have been such a trooper and I am so proud of you! You have loved your paci since you were born. It has comforted you and at times it has comforted Mommy and Daddy. You are such a big girl now! Big girls wear panties and just like you told us.... they don't have paci's. You surprised Mommy and Daddy with your sweet heart when you decided the baby reindeer needed your paci. I think that will make their long trip house to house a much better one. We were so proud of you when you gave Elf Rob your paci's on Wednesday night and Santa Claus is proud too. You are such a good girl and because of you there are some happy reindeer.
Now it hasn't been easy. Wednesday night was one of my saddest evenings since being a Mommy. We held you as you cried and mourned over the loss of your friend. It was a different weep than I have ever heard- you weren't angry or sick... but just sad. You were so sad and were unsure of how to find comfort throughout the night. But last night you did so much better and went to bed with just a few tears and I am confident that tonight will be just like old times. We have hated to see you sad and hated knowing that you are really growing up, but loved knowing that this was your decision and that you usually are right on- doing things when you are ready! We love you and can't wait to see even more facets of your kind heart as you grow up.
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Love, Mommy and Daddy
Saturday, December 12, 2009
New Tradition: Elf on the Shelf!!! If you have a child and haven't heard of Elf on the Shelf it is a book and little Elf that you read to your child. The Elf then gets a name (ours is Rob- odd I know!) and it lives at your house until Christmas flying back to the North Pole every night to report to Santa and reappearing in a new spot each morning. Ivy talks to Rob- every time she wants to report her good behavior. She pretty much ignores him when I refer to him mid temper tantrum!! When she wakes up the first thing she does is look for Rob. :) It is so much fun!
New Tradition: Pink Tree :) You've seen it, we love it, and it needed a spot on this post!
Old Tradition: My Granny got me this advent calendar when I was little (well maybe me and Anthony... but I have claimed it!!) and each day you move the mouse. Ivy loves it. She doesn't understand to move him one day at a time but instead skips him all over the calendar. One thing she does know is that on the last day Santa will be coming! This is one of my favorite memories.... except the times when Anthony tackled me to try to beat me to the mouse each morning.
Old Tradition.... Growing: I love getting out the Santa pictures each year!
Here is this years picture! Ivy was terrified of Santa. She clung to us from the moment we stepped in line to see him. We have been talking about going to see Santa and she has been so excited, but it all turned to fear when we actually could see him. None the less, this picture became a family affair with Santa!! Now she is already saying.... next year, when I am bigger, I am going to sit with Santa by myself. We will see!!
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Being very creative in picking out our own clothes!