This was our first Christmas morning spent at home. It is important to Mark and I to start our own Christmas traditions. We are still going to travel to grandparent's homes, but want to at least be home for Christmas Eve and Christmas morning. We also have decided that we want our girls to grow up knowing the true meaning of Christmas, which is the birth of Jesus, our Lord and Savior. So Paige and I sang Happy Birthday to Jesus at breakfast. This also means that Santa doesn't play a part in our Christmas. I know that Paige doesn't really get it yet, but we tell her that Santa is just a man in a costume. Someday we will read her the story of Saint Nicholas and how Santa came about, but for right now, she doesn't really question it.
It was so fun to see Paige's excitement as she came down the stairs and said with a big gasp, "Presents!" My lambs sitting in front of their presents.
Paige helped me make Monkey Bread before we opened presents. She insisted we were making Monkey Munch because we had made that the day before. She is such a good helper now. And for those that are wondering. I did cut Paige's hair. She hates to have her hair washed, combed, done up. It's just easier to have it short. I hope it doesn't look too bad considering I did it myself.
Alaina patiently waiting to open presents.
Alaina with her books. I love the open mouth. It looks like she is in awe.
Alaina with her new top.
This year we got Paige dress up outfits. It was fun to watch her transform into a princess.
I love it. She even put on the clip on earrings. Mark says that we are going to have to take the girls camping this summer. We have way too much princess going on.
Paige all dressed up with her new vanity and dress tree.
Alaina got a Little People Farm. Paige thought that all the gifts were hers. It is a great way to teach her about sharing and kindness because it was ok for her to play with Alaina's new toys, but if Alaina took something of Paige's, it was the end of the world.
I got some Zumba workout DVD's. I'm really excited.
This is the first year that we have decided to have Christmas at home. I am excited to start some family traditions. We spent the day with the Isaacson's and had a wonderful day of relaxing, playing Hand and Foot, eating, going to Christmas Eve service. It was a great day.
I dressed the girls in these adorable sweatshirt dresses and leggings. I loved it. They were so cute!
All dressed up for the Christmas Eve service. I'm sure it was a good service, but the girls were so excited to be in the service and sit with their friends, that Mark and I really didn't hear much. The kids were noisy and it was packed out in there. It's ok with me that we couldn't hear much, I just want the girls to remember going to a Christmas Eve service for as far back as they can remember. I'm sure it will be better next year.
Isn't she adorable!?!
Look at that coat from her Grandma Safly. It is so cute.
It's hard to get a good picture of both the girls.
Alaina and Zachary Isaacson
Hannah, Paige, and Ellie checking out the tree.
Ellie had this kind of face in all the pictures we took.
One tradition that I wanted to start was to have the everyone open one gift on Christmas Eve and I wanted it to be new pajamas. Emily and I were at Old Navy and thought it would be hysterical to get Mark and Greg matching pajamas. . . ugly ones.
We got a new camera, a Nikon D90 SLR. It is so much fun. One of Mark's hobbies is photography. He loves to take pictures, especially of our kids. We are still trying to figure out all the bells and whistles and this camera is full of them. I wanted to share a few candids of the girls. I think they need captions. I numbered them so you could leave captions in the comment section if you wish.
Go Vikings! I found this outfit at a garage sale and had to have Alaina wear it. My dad and brothers HATE the Vikings, but my mom and I like them. It was pretty fun so see their reactions to it and she was pretty darn adorable in it if I do say so. I think the festivities got to be a bit much for Paige. She settled down to watch "Bandaid", as she liked to call Bambi.
One of the things we love about going to visit my parents in FD is that we play games all weekend. Hand and Foot is our favorite, but we played a little Quelf, Rigamarole, Imaginiff, Whoonu, and more. I do have to rub it in a little that Mark and I were the Hand and Foot tourney champs!!!!
Papa even got in a game of Memory with Paige. And yes, grandparents, we do have that game.
Alaina and her Unkie.
Paige loves to sing and dance right now. And the reason that she is in just her diaper is that she was coloring with markers and I didn't want it all over her clothes. We have an awesome video of her dancing that I'm going to try to get posted on here. It's a longer video so I may need some blogger advice. Any takers?
I am a wife to Mark and Mommy to my two girls. I love Jesus! I am a stay at home mom who loves thrift shopping, especially garage sales. I blog not for others, but for my girls, so they have can have the memories forever.
The man of the house. He is a man of God who loves his family. His quiet strength holds us together. He is my best friend and the best Daddy our girls could ever want. He is the ultimate handy man and will tackle any project. I love how he loves our girls and how he is their Prince Charming. It is an awesome thing to see the way their eyes light up when he walks in the door. He is my rock and I love him more and more each day.
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Paige's Lost Teeth
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Alaina is all spunk and nothing but spunk. She is content to entertain herself and does so mostly by getting into things she shouldn't. She is stubborn and cannot be swayed from what she believes in. She loves to dance, play with her babies, and be outside. Alaina doesn't walk, she runs. She adds so much personality to our family and her smile is contagious.
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Our easy going Maltese/Japanese Chin mix dog who is perfect for us. Gotta love her underbite!