Dec 29, 2010


Christmas has come and gone, and it was all in a way, a big giant blur. And I'm exhausted.

It all began for us on the morning of the 22nd when Santa visited our house. He came early of course, because he knew we were about to travel all over the state of Oklahoma. Scarlett was none the wiser. She was just thrilled Santa came and brought her a choo-choo train and ate his cookies and drank his milk. Her mother, on the other hand, is not negotiating where she spends Christmas morning next year. We will be home. At our house. And that's that.

I did not take very many pictures. I have a point and shoot. See, you don't blame me, do you?  Santa did not bring me an SLR. He says when I go back to work full time, I can have all the cameras, and clothes, and Uggs I want.  But until then, I just get the to delight in the fact that I get to be home with my daughter.  Um, thanks Santa.

First we ventured 4 hours away to my husband's little old home town, Spiro. Then on Christmas morning we drove another 3 hours to my little old home town.  And I realized there, that my sister and I were watching our babies open presents and stockings in the same house we opened presents and stockings growing up.

And two days later we drove another 3 1/2 hours back home. Now we are facing endless laundry and boxes and boxes of toys that need to be taken out of impossible packaging and put together.

Christmas was wonderful. My heart is full. And I'm very, very tired.


Dec 17, 2010

Santa Clause

I cannot believe this will be Scarlett's third Christmas! This year she is very much aware who Santa is. We had planned to go see him with a big entourage, us, my sister's family, and my parents last weekend. We waited in line for an hour, and by the time it was finally our turn, Scarlett was not having it. She cried and cried and told me, "I don't want to!" So we didn't make her sit on his lap. My sister was very annoyed by this, and thought we should have just thrown her on his lap for a quick pic, but I just couldn't make her when she was that upset. It wasn't a huge deal to me, so I was just going to foret about it this year.

Then all week she started up about Santa again saying she wanted to "try again" and she said, "I not cry anymore!" So when we were at the mall last night with just me, her and Chris, and I saw the Santa exhibit, I told her he was there. We had just ate dinner so she was full and hyper, and she very excitedly said she was ready to see him.

And to my great surprise, she was! There was only one little boy in front of us, and he was crying a little bit so Scarlett started singing to him, "Oh, you better watch out! You better not cry!" I swear I'm not making that up.

She kept asking, "Can I sit on his lap now?" I really couldn't belive it! She walked up to him, and told him she wanted a choo-choo train, and she pointed to us and said, "That's my mom!" and "That's my dad!" She asked him if he was going to bring her toys. She sat on his lap easily and hugged him good-bye. Afterwards she kept saying, "But he didn't say Ho, Ho, Ho!?" That really threw her off.

So I hope my sister is happy because we do have a picture this year after all.

Last year she didn't cry until she realized she was on his lap and I was walking off.

And the first year. Ignorance is bliss!

And my favorite "Santa" picuture of all. I could just cry! They just aren't babies for very long. 

Dec 13, 2010

Christmas Family Photos

We drove all the way home to Oklahoma back in October so Angel Porch could take our family Christmas photos. We were lucky enough to get in on her Holiday Mini Session. I absolutely love her! She took Scarlett's two year photos back in May, and it was great to see her again. I could look at her work all day. And the way she captures newborns gives me serious baby fever. I might have to have one more baby just so she can photograph him or her!

Since I love digital scrapbooking so much and playing around with Photoshop, I decided to design our Christmas card this year. I like making my own so I can choose whatever colors, layout, and wording I want.  I made my sister's card too. Here's my finished product.  I had so much fun with this!

Dec 7, 2010

Miss Patty Cake

My niece London sang with Miss Patty Cake at church last week.  It was so precious watching her sing, do the little motions and stand on the risers like such a big girl.  Scarlett and Lily liked watching although I think they really just wanted to go up on that stage too. This was Scarlett's first time to see Miss Patty Cake. She was a hit!

In front of the tree before leaving. Scarlett had some wild curls that night!

Can you see London! So sweet!

After London sang several songs she came back to sit with us to listen to Miss Patty Cake's message about Jesus. I didn't get any of Lily for some reason!

Scarlett LOVES her London.

                                                    Miss Patty Cake!