Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Christmas and more 2009

Oh what fun it was to see Caroline really enjoy her 2nd Christmas! Last year she was only 4 weeks old...this year was a lot different and SO much fun! We absolutely got giddy ourselves planning and taking part in this years Christmas festivities. While this Christmas will go down in the books as being a little different than any Christmas we've had in the past, it was perfect. We really missed seeing all of our family members and extended family. Hopefully next year we will be able to make the trek to Georgia to visit with everyone.

This will probably be the last time we get to "recycle" her birthday gifts and set them out as Santa gifts too...thank you Grammie and Grandpa and Uncle Ben and Aunt Sarah! She was so excited to see the car and wagon that she didn't know what to do! She ran over and gave me a hug and then hugged daddy before she dug in to the gifts....something her daddy was notorious for. Priceless moment!! Caroline squealed with delight as she saw her new loot and learned how to rip open presents. I do think that the stockings took the cake though- she LOVED reaching in and pulling things out over and over again. Maybe we should play that game all year long. She was blessed beyond measure by both sets of grandparents and we are so thankful for all her new gifts. Elmo was a hit this year and she loves her new car and wagon. It is so stinking cold out that she has only gotten to enjoy them a few times, but I can see that we will get a lot of use out of both of them. Daddy drives her around the house in them...hope she doesn't expect mommy to do the same! :) Here are just a few snapshots from Christmas morning and a few from the week before when my parents were in town. She LOVED getting to spend time with all the grandparents...we aren't sure what we will do when they are all gone! Brad's parents are still here so pictures will come later of their adventures together. Santa's Surprises!
"Is this really for me??"

I LOVE my car!! She rides in it with one hand on the wheel and one out the window...just chilling. She takes her babies for rides in it too.
The wagon is so much fun! It's a 2 seater...Emily will be joining her next year!
She loved the stockings...even if they were stuffed with a million Gerber Graduate bars :)
Ok, so this picture is not the most becoming of my sweet little goose, but the resemblance between her and Mr. Bubbles is too funny! Caroline's dimples outshine his pink face anyday though!
She could rip the paper off like a pro...and once that was accomplished she moved on. She didn't really care what was inside the box.
Tickle Me Elmo made her giggle all morning long! Thank you Grammie and Grandpa
Working on her new barn puzzle.

Resting and relaxing after a morning full of fun! Caroline actually gave up in the middle of the present opening festivites and opted for a nap. She DOVE for the bed and took a nice long nap in order to rejuvenate for another round of playing with her new toys.

This was on another day...I tried so hard to get her to take some cute pictures in her "festive" Christmas no prevail as you can see.
Staying up late to dance and celebrate with daddy as he began his 4 day vacation!!

Playing with Grandpa- we were so excited to have him here with us for almost 2 weeks. He helped take care of Caroline while I got some rest. She LOVED spending time with him.

Grammie came in on Sunday and spoiled her rotten! She loved reading and playing with her- one armed and all! Poor Grammie is having surgery on her broken arm this week.

One of her MANY expressions she has started sharing with us...she is full of them and they crack us up.
Rocking around the Christmas tree....

Giving mommy sweet kisses....oh I cherish everyone she gives!!

Admiring the Christmas tree...but not TOUCHING it. She did an amazing job of following our directions and didn't mess with it too much. She was an angel.

Isabelle didn't like the cold weather and attempted to find new and innovative ways to tell us she was ready to come inside. She's nuts.

Cracking up at her singing duck. Possibly her favorite toy ever.
My sweet little angel right after waking up.


  1. Glad you had such a wonderful fun Christmas, and have gotten to see some family at least. Love her precious faces, and her just after waking up look. It's one of my favorites of Ashlyn's too. I think she and Ashlyn would get along quite well, Ashlyn is just 5 months behind her. :-) I can't believe my baby girl will be 8 months tomorrow!
    Also, you will be so glad she is smart and understanding when her baby sister comes along and you need her "help" in getting something, moving something, bringing something to you etc....Tiffany was that way (and a huge talker too!) and you'll be grateful!
    So so sweet, and wish we could meet her!

    Happy New Year!

  2. These are great. I love looking at pictures of Caroline thinking about much Jay will change over the next 3 months. Isn't is amazing how their little bodies and minds change so quickly! She looks as beautiful as ever!