Monday, December 31, 2007
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Kelly, Tena, Eric and Paige.
Aunt Lindsay and Uncle Ed - with Ryan being silly.
My parents, Natalie and Emily. Can you tell Emily is SO over getting her picture taken?
Just love this one - Aunt Teresa and Uncle Denny with Paige. She just adores them. I guess the feeling is mutual.
What can I say about this one?
Boy, they are going to make GREAT parents.
There was the coolest frost on the trees this morning.
The new and old generation of video gamers.
Happy Friday everyone!
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
ABOVE: Paige in the car on the way to our Christmas Eve celebration. Too cute in her Santa hat. BELOW: The girls in the Christmas Dresses. Paige really did love her dress, even though she didn't look too excited about it.
We had a great time on Christmas Eve at my Aunt Teresa and Uncle Denny's house. It was so good to get to see everyone. Sue, Julie and I tried to solve the world problems, and I think we may have a good start. We had a wonderful dinner of roasted turkey breast, cheesy potatoes, yummy salad and rolls. We also played a really fun game - made up by Sue and Matt - of family trivia. I am sorry to say, our team - the Naked Cousins (name only...we weren't actually naked...thank God for that) - lost to the Latvians. I feel that the questions were unbalanced - the Latvians got WAY too many multiple choice, so they had it easy. Just kidding...it was a lot of fun, and definitely worth Matt and Sue staying up late making up those questions. I loved finding out some trivia about my relatives that I never knew - my Aunt Lindsay drove a VW Beatle when she was dating my Uncle Ed - way cool. Anyway, we got home very late, and put two sleepy girls to bed. Incidentally, Paige and Emily were so good all night. I never really saw either of them - Paige was held by just about everyone, and Emily was having a great time playing with Hayley and Clara.
ABOVE: The Gottlieb's on Christmas Eve.
Also on Monday, Paige turned FIVE MONTHS OLD. Boy this time is sure flying by fast. I put her in the same onesie that she wore when we took the pictures for the birth announcement. She barely fits into it now. She is also doing such a great job of sitting up on her own now, which makes it very difficult for her to stay on that doggie.
Christmas morning went by in a whirl of wrapping paper and ribbons. I think everyone got what they wanted - including Paige. She loved her giraffe rattle and doggy that sings the ABC's. Emily was SO excited to see that Santa left her the Horse school she coveted, as well as the keyboard. She has been very busy playing with EVERYTHING she received. We have only seen her when she needs us to help her open a box. I did ask her last night what her favorite present was - she told me that she loved everything, and that she was looking forward to more presents on Easter. You gotta love that.
ABOVE: In my opinion, Emily's favorite gift - Play Foam. She was upset when she opened all her Santa gifts and it was no where. Fortunately, her Auntie got it for her. She made a Spongebob.
Hope everyone's Christmas was Merry!!
Sunday, December 23, 2007
She is SO excited for Christmas this year. She is really trying to get me to let her open just one present from under the tree. She is especially intrigued with a present from her Auntie's dog, Chloe. Eric just had to make a last minute phone call to Santa with a last minute request from Emily - she wants a keyboard like the one Ms. Pal has at her school. Daddy didn't get through to Santa, but he did speak to one of his elves. We'll see what they can do.......
It looks like we will not be having a white Christmas this year after all. The temperature has been in the 40's, and it rained buckets this morning, melting just about all the snow. It was like a reverse of last Sunday. Snow is in the forecast for later tonight, but it's just a few flurries.
Just so you know - the smart Mommy that I am....I already told Santa that Emily would want a keyboard like Ms. Pal. Gosh, I am good.
Have a Merry Christmas everyone!! I probably won't be posting back here until Dec. 26th. But, you never know......
Friday, December 21, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Well, it's just a few days before the BIG holiday. Is your shopping done? Is your menu decided and ready? Are your cookies baked? Are your gifts wrapped and/or shipped? Are your Christmas cards done? So many expectations for just one, well actually two if you count Christmas eve, day. It's just crazy, don't you think?
And a cute picture of Paige. Couldn't resist. I have such a hard time getting her to smile for a picture - got lucky this morning.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Emily at five. It seems almost hard to swallow. She is so grown up. No longer a baby. Not even a toddler either. A KID.
Emily had a great birthday weekend. She had a blast with her friends on Friday night. They were such little artists with their cookie decorating.
On Saturday, we went to Red Robin, as requested by Emily. She loved her birthday sundae, as well as the birthday song they sang to her.
The big excitement was today. When Emily woke up this morning, I asked her to look outside. She screamed (excited) and started to jump up and down. Snow, almost a foot, was everywhere. Of course, I was thinking, are we having a party? Emily was thinking, "When are we going outside?" Eric got to use his brand new snow thrower. After warming up, he went back out with Emily for some sledding, and playing in the snowdrifts. Our family, with the exception of my Dad and Natalie - he had a far drive - braved the snowy roads for Emily's birthday party. I was so touched. To them, it was no big deal, but it was to me, and Emily as well.
Such a great weekend. Such a great kid. We are blessed to have her in our lives. Happy 5th birthday, my sweet girl.
Friday, December 14, 2007
This evening, we will be having some of her neighborhood friends over to decorate cookies, have pizza and a Carvel cake - yum. Then tomorrow is her birthday lunch at her much beloved Red Robin. She's just excited that she gets to have them sing "Happy Birthday", have a sundae and balloons. On Sunday, her actual birthday, is the family party. Gee, only four birthday celebrations.....the poor child. I should have planned better and had five for five - but I think each year it would be a bit much.
Paige had a very rocky start to her no bottle at 3am routine - she cried for two hours straight the first night. However, last night, she almost made it, she just woke twice, and was easily settled in a matter of minutes. I am trying to stay positive, and HOPE that this is a trend, and it will get easier each night.....but I am not holding my breath. She is Paige, after all.