Monday, January 16, 2012

Christmas Post- better late than never, ay?

My Christmas post has been a nightmare, but our Christmas experience was quite the opposite.  My sweet husband surprised me with a new computer which meant I didn’t need to research, feel guilty for replacing my one worthy of the trash can, or set it up.  Completely done.  Ah so nice.  But with that meant switching over thousands and thousands of photos, videos, documents, music, etc… since my external hard drive isn’t my friend most days, I did it with a flash drive.  Not fun.  And before I switched everything over, I went through every photo and video to delete what I didn’t want to transfer over.  I was in the perfect mood to delete 90 of a 100 same photos of Lola sitting in her high chair at 5 months old.   What was I thinking?  I was surely in love- but vow to not do that with the next baby.  Lol- to give you an idea- I deleted 15,000 photos.  Embarrassing to admit.  And I have no idea how many are still left, but seriously tons. But now I am all up and running on my new computer!  And loving it! 

So the other day, I had my gestational diabetes test done and drank the sweet, but unpleasant drink and was sitting on my new computer blogging about Christmas when about half an hour into waiting to get my blood drawn- I went all loopy: slurred speech, blurred vision, hot, etc… two ladies basically carried me to the back to a bed and when I recovered, got home- go to finish my blog post, which was almost done, it was no where to be found.  Dang.  Now I am redoing it all.  I guess I can’t skip my Christmas post!  It was wonderful this year and it was Lola’s last year as the only child- So here I go again…

First, Lola was great!  She took it all in and really enjoyed it.  Santa was very intriguing to her and despite no Santa picture (I didn’t push it) she still believed.  She knew he was coming on Christmas Eve, but wanted us to reassure her that she wouldn’t see him.  Haha- Christmas morning she woke up and yelled “We need to run to the den!”  She remembered Santa should have left out presents! How cute is that!?

Christmas Eve-Eve or Christmas Adam as Clay refers to it we spent the day with Gram and Popper.  It’s our tradition and works wonderfully.  No other commitments that day and was quite relaxing.  Lola enjoyed every bit of it too.  She did wonderful with opening gifts- she would open one and play with it for awhile then open another… worked great and was fun to see her enjoy each gift as she went.  I always like to do the same thing too! Clay and I got quite spoiled too and I was excited to get a bunch of fun new sewing toys, although Lola thought a few of them were really hers! :)

One of my favs is the car seat Lola got for her dolls along with pajama set for Sid and May- her AG twin babies.  She loves changing their outfits for day and night.  I think she will love this car seat even more when she sees me toting one around all the time… now she can match momma!  She is seriously the cutest little momma… I have to say, I think we are two peas in a pod.

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So Lola opens our family gift and immediately LOVED it… not for sure why it grabbed her so, but she made Clay and I get dressed along with her in our matching pajamas.  We had a great laugh and took a family picture.  Maybe our only family picture this Christmas… We look so silly.  But I think it goes down as a classic.  Next year, Clay and I are buying his parents matching pajamas ;)  Oh and I am in Clay’s shirt and he is in mine… had a bump in the way and my pants aren’t pulled up.  Haha-


After awhile, Lola spotted her cute stocking and had to open it… just like her momma… which meant I got to open mine too!  She is still wearing her pajamas and added a hat Debbie has had since she was born.

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Lola got some cool sewing boards so she can sew like her momma!  Looks like Lola is showing Gram how to do it in this picture!


Even Clay got into the sewing boards.  Lola is quite good at it too!  No surprise to us though! She also got some fruits and vegetables for her kitchen!  She enjoyed learning which each one is called, considering she doesn’t eat vegetables!  Just like her mother- Miss. Picky Eater.

Lola also got princess dress up clothes, a matching book and a cute suitcase.  She loves changing into all that outfits, but the girl has got to learn to play in each one for a bit before bringing me the next one! Haha-


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She kept turning Gram and Popper into Frogs… I think she is overlapping the concept of princess and fairies.

Love this picture of Lola, Popper and Gram.   Thank y’all for a wonderful 2011 Christmas!  119

So the next day, Christmas Eve we go to Sandy and Mikes (Clay’s Aunt and Uncle) for a little while to see the Travis’ and Gran and Papa. Lola wore everyone out playing hide and seek!  She warmed up faster being that she saw everyone during Thanksgiving too.  We headed out from there to let Lola rest up so we could go to my side that night. Lola had to last longer than her usual 6:30-ish time limit. 

After a quick rest up, we headed to Nonna and Ba’s.  This year we actually didn’t have the annual party, but just kept it in the family.  It was nice to go there and relax for the second day in a row and eat some good food.  Chicken-and-dumplings just for me!  :)  Siblings started a new tradition this year of vintage or homemade gifts ($10 or less) so we exchanged those gifts that night and saved the rest for the next morning.

I made Nick a scarf and got him a “vintage inspired” hat which I have to say ended up being a good move because he wears it all the time.  Haha- Clay did separate gifts and he got Nick depression glass and it’s a plate… IDK- something they read about in GQ.  Oh boys.

Kebby I made a bunting out of vintage lace doilies all from the family.   Also got her a silly shower cap, but they are so nice to have people.  Clay got her a cool vintage compact mirror.  Nice.

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Nick got Clay a meaningful gift of a Canton picture to represent their run to Canton. And Kebby thrifted Clay a cool skinny tie. I started slowing down on pics- but got Dad a cool hat too:

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Maw-Maw and Paw-Paw got in on the vintage gift ideas too!


Mom picked us all out some cool vintage finds as well and of course mine were sewing related!  Eeek! :)

Nonna took Lola shopping for me and Clay and it sounds like a pretty funny little outing- but she was super excited to give us our gifts that she picked out and wrapped and couldn’t keep the secret because I knew what mine was a couple weeks before Christmas ;)  She did a great job picking out our gifts!


048After a rowdy night on Lola’s behalf, it was time to head home and get ready for Santa to come and go to bed! Lola surprising stayed awake all the way home and we set out cookies and water (Lola’s choice) for Santa and off to bed she went.  Clay and I enjoyed a peaceful Christmas Eve Night and were excited to see how the morning played out.  Remember Lola was soooo sick last year?  We had some making up to do! And that we did.

I’ll add this picture and I’ll regret it.  This is me Christmas Eve night:

Christmas morning Santa had all kinds of surprises for everyone!

Lola has loved her easel that comes with a roll of paper which is awesome! She loves her pink guitar, loves her baby crib with storage underneath, her kitchen toys, her trains, her dinosaurs, and farm.  Geeze she must have been really good in 2011! Santa didn’t hold back.  I know he tried so hard to hold back though. 


Playing with farm animals and checking out the train:

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Lola just found her big sister book in the crib cabinet!


Lola was excited to open outfits for Baby Sawyer.  Now all 3 of her AG babies have a change of clothes… can’t wait to add more though!  Glad she loves it as much as me! Lola got slippers in her stocking and loved them… she thought they gave her jumping powers… wish I would have thought to tell her that!

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Lola showing off her toys to her handsome daddy on Christmas morning… our sweet little family.


Her stocking had dinosaur masks in them and they were quite the hit!


Lola had a special gift for daddy which he got a kick out of: TV screen cleaner because he comes home from work to find someone’s little fingerprints on the TV. 

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Clay surprised me over and over with all kinds of fun things including a rug for the nursery that he picked out, my computer, maternity clothes, shoes- he did GREAT! It was a wonderful morning- but I started to get pretty hungry and was ready to head to Nonna and Ba’s for a late breakfast.  Yum.  And it was good. And I didn’t have to cook- so I helped clean.

We opened gifts but stockings first and mom made these special stockings a couple years ago since we both love stockings so much… and they still overflow.  Haha-

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Lola is now a PRO at opening gifts!


And I have to say- grandparents did great on gifts this year… didn’t go overboard and nothing too big considering her room is crazy full…

Love this picture and notice their shoes?  Lola asked Nonna for a bus and sparkly Toms.

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Oddly enough my picture taking stopped mid opening- I guess that meant I was opening mine!  Haha- probably going through my stocking! My gift from my parents this year was the Silhouette Cameo!  Super exciting and was fun to get because it’s one of those things I would never buy myself but can fully enjoy knowing someone else bought it for me! :) My dad also surprised us girls (minus Lola) with diamond earrings.  I love mine!  The backs screw on and make them very comfortable so I can just leave them on. Can’t believe I didn’t take any other pictures the rest of the day!  Haha- I do have a habit of checking out lately… blame it all on the pregnancy.  12 weeks to go people!  And yes I am counting down!

So we thank everyone for such a great Christmas this year and am so thankful Lola felt great and we all got to enjoy every second.  The most classic moment this Christmas might have been when dad shared the Christmas story with us though and Nick used Lola’s Fisher Price Little People Nativity Scene to act it out for Lola’s sake- but dad was trying to explain to Lola how Mary was ready to have her baby (pregnant like momma) and so Nick laid down Mary in the stable and if you are familiar with FP Little People at all, they have a huge open hole in the bottom of them… and mom and I saw it and died laughing because ready she was- fully dilated!  Then Nick saw and we all couldn’t stop laughing… everyone joined in and even Lola laughed and finally asked “what’s so funny guys?”  Haha!  Merry Christmas and I believe Jesus may even have laughed a little over that.

Here are some videos: some are longer but I’ll enjoy watching these each year, especially whens she’s all grown up!

We tried to talk to Lola on the way to Nonna and Ba’s about Christmas morning but she seemed a bit distracted by her own thoughts.

Lola on Christmas morning!

Lola waiting on Clay so we could run to the den to see what Santa brought! (This video wouldn’t upload after several attempts… so am posting without it which makes me sad.  Going to try to upload it to it’s own post.)

Really cute but short video.  Her response was funny to me.

Wow- that was exhausting.  :) New post to come about baby and nursery! Yay!




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