Friday, January 16, 2009

One more Christmas

Well, I realize Christmas was almost a month ago, but I am just now getting around to posting my pictures. We had a great Christmas holiday with our families, and it was so fun to watch Anna Lee. It was such a joy this year to spend time with Anna Lee teaching her about the Christmas story and the birth of Jesus, and why we celebrate Christmas. (She still confused Baby Jesus with Baby Moses, but we are working on it.) It was also fun to see her excitement over gifts she was given or was giving.

We started everything out the week of Christmas with a trip to see Santa on her birthday (the night of the 21st). She did so much better than I expected! I had anticipated her crying and refusing to sit in his lap, but she was more than willing to go and see him. Afterwards, she got a "reward" of sorts by getting to ride the carousel with Daddy. She loved it!

Christmas Eve, Anna Lee and I made cookies together for Santa. I don't think she quite understood why we were making them for him, but she had fun doing it!

They were not the prettiest Christmas tree shapes you have ever seen once they were finished, but they were the best we could do.

Anna Lee especially enjoyed putting on the icing. I think more ended up in her mouth than on the cookies.

Modeling some of her Christmas pajamas before she headed to bed.

Santa brought Anna Lee an assortment of fun toys, games, and books. But his biggest present was waiting in the backyard for her that morning. We don't have a very big backyard, so this little set was perfect for it...and for her. She hadn't been feeling very well that morning, but this surprise did wonders to liven her up.

Yes, I actually got in the little house with her....pregnant belly and request. But the amazing part is that after I was in there, Anna Lee wanted Jim to join us. It was a tight squeeze, but a memory I don't think I will ever forget!

After opening Santa presents, we headed down to San Antonio for Christmas with my family. This next picture is one of the gifts we framed and gave my parents. It was amazing how many attempts it took to get a good shot!

One of Anna Lee's favorite gifts this year was her new doll, Emmy. She lugs that doll (and all of her gear) with us everywhere. Conveniently, Emmy fits in the diaper bag she got with all of her stuff. We are a little afraid, though, that we are going to find our baby boy shoved in his diaper bag at some point because of how we have carried Emmy around.

Mom was a fan of her new purse. I just loved this picture of her.

Anna Lee with her new glasses, princess chair, and Elmo panties.

Kasey gave her this fairy princess tutu set. She wore it all around the house. My personal favorite was the headband.

Santa showed back up to surprise Anna Lee Christmas afternoon. She didn't quite know what to think...until he pulled out lollipops. She was immediately sold.

I loved this picture.

After San Antonio, we went back home for a day and then went to Jim's sisters to celebrate with his family. We had a great time there too! Anna Lee especially enjoyed seeing her new cousin, Ryan.

We attempted a cousin picture all together. I have a million of these with all sorts of faces and Santa hats pulled down. These were a couple of the best I got.

Does she look like she's in the Christmas spirit, or what?

The new dollhouse was an immediate hit....and still is!

Her cousins gave her a new Pooh treehouse set. They liked it as much as she did! As they were all playing with it together, I looked in and found Anna Lee 0n the floor like this. Christmas makes the need for a good nap!

Once Anna Lee got these shoes from GranDee and Pops, she didn't want to take them off...along with her necklaces, bracelets, and purse.

Aunt Lacy and Anna Lee working on a handprint gift for GranDee. Anna Lee was concentrating hard.

We had such a great time sharing Christmas with our families and with Anna Lee. Hard to believe there will be another little person in our family for Christmas next year.


erin f. said...

I love all the pictures! Anna Lee is growing up so much - Glad you guys had a good Christmas!