Saturday, December 25, 2010
Late last night we put out cookies, milk and a note for Santa from Baby D.
It was quiet and B and I sat together on the couch looking at the plate of cookies, knowing good and well we needed to eat them! After all, he would know that Santa hadn't been to our house if the cookies were still there!
Um, hello! He is 11 months old! He has no flippin clue!
We ate them anyway, downed the milk and sat back and looked at the fireplace and wondered what next year would be like. We will have an almost 2 year old who just might understand what Christmas means and what Santa might bring. The joy in his eyes when he sees presents under the tree for him! The traditions we will start that will be filed in the memory bank for a lifetime.
We also realized we will have to eat a lot of cookies FOR MANY YEARS!
This morning Baby D discovered that all the cookies were gone and Santa left a letter for him.
Santa, or mom and dad, need to get their ass to the gym after devouring all the cookies!
Merry Christmas friends!
Thursday, December 23, 2010
It's Christmas time in our little humble abode! This is my favorite holiday and I go ALL OUT every year. As I was growing up, my mom did the same. There was not a shortage of Christmas spirit in our house. Our house was lit up like the Griswalds. Well, maybe short a few strands of lights, but it was lit up!
We now have a baby and wow do things change.
Adding a baby to the family last January means that I have a little guy that is all over the place! And a little guy that has little hands that like to grab!
This year I decided I didn't want to mess with a big tree, worry about ornaments being broken, a tree knocked over and most off all I didn't want a freakin baby gate around my tree. Our place is SMALL and add a baby gate around a tree and we are talking claustrophobic.
So I dug out our small little "Charlie Brown" tree, as I so lovingly call it, and fluffed it up and made it a tree for Baby D!
I bought cheap, soft ornaments at Target and covered the tree with them in case we had a tree incident! I also had a few ornaments I bought when we found out we were having a baby.
I love owls and D's nursery is owl themed so there are a few of those on the tree, as well!
I will always have a tree for Baby D and any other kids we have. I love this tradition and want to keep it around for as long as they think it is cool! I am guessing the teen years will be hard to sell!
Baby D and his tree.
We called Baby D "The Peach" until he was born. I read Baby Center and The Bump while pregnant, and they always compared the baby week to week to fruits and veggies. I could never keep up with what he was from week to week so I went with "The Peach" from week 16 to week 40!
We all know and love Emily from Uff Da Designs. She makes super adorbs headbands, hats, and clips.
I was so excited when she agreed to make a little owl for Baby D!
More owl finds.
The little red owl on the left I found on Etsy.
The one in the middle was from Target in their big bin of cheap ornaments. I think this guy was a dolla! Holla!
The owl on the right was made by Robin also on Etsy.
Baby D got Elf on the Shelf for Christmas. I am so stoked to do this next year.
We are now in Texas and my mom decided she wanted to put up a big tree for the baby.
Guess who is distracting said baby from tree?
Merry Christmas friends!
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
Ok, I admit it I love a good cheesy holiday tradition.
This one is too good to pass up every year!
Every Christmas I go Elf Myself. And every year I laugh uncontrollably at the little elf sporting my mug dancing around to ridiculous music. It is little things in life!
This year we added a little face to our tradition.
I present our family that went and Elfed ourself. Typing this brings the LOL's! (Perhaps the glasses of wine consumed tonight.)
Merry Christmas from California!
Thursday, December 16, 2010
We went to see Santa AGAIN today.
After our first attempt at 'sitting on Santa's lap in hopes of not having a meltdown' was foiled due to a massive line and wait time on Sunday, we wised up and went on a weekday morning.
And guess what...NOT A SINGLE PERSON IN LINE! So rad!
I couldn't believe it. This never happens. There are always a bazillion people waiting in line with their cranky, over tired, bored out of their minds kids and today, well today there was not a single one of them.
We walked right up to the front of the line like we owned the joint, pulled Baby D out of the stroller, plopped him on St. Nick's lap and bam...6 photos, no tears!
No smiles, either, but again no tears! I take what I can get these days.
We now own 6 photos of our baby's first Santa Lap experience. He rocked it!
But....we shall see what next year brings when he wises up and knows that all mom really wants are some good Santa pictures for a photo album, and he will do whatever it takes to maybe ruin that in hopes of getting bribed into something he wants!
and he's done.....
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
The winner of the giveaway for the super fabulous Ellia C. Naturals products is Heather!
Congrats mama! You are going to love these products.
Thank you everyone for entering. My first giveaway was a success!
Don't forget to go over to Ellia C. Naturals and check out all the yummy stuff she has for mamas and babies. There are lots of great things for Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers, as well!
Monday, December 6, 2010
We were lucky enough to have Tyler, from The Mill Photography Studio in Austin, take Baby D's 9 month pictures at Laguna Gloria. He took our wedding pictures 2 years ago so it was only fitting to have him take D's 9 month photos.
I still can't believe 9 months has come and gone! Planning for a birthday party in January, which is right around the corner, has got me all kinds of emotional. I am so excited for the 1 year old phase, but so sad that I won't have a little baby anymore!
Here is Baby D at 9 Months.
He will ALWAYS be my baby.