Let's take a pictorial trip through the end of November and the month December shall we.
In an effort to keep a tree decorated for the duration of the Christmas season I put up the (fake) tree mid November. No ornaments, just the lights. I thought perhaps if it stood in the corner long enough unadorned by the time the actual "decorating" of the tree took place Lily would have lost interest and left the ornaments and lights alone. Yah, no, didn't work. Well, ya know, "best laid plans" and all that.
We went to Picture Innovations in Virginia Beach for our family Christmas photos. It was a terrible experience. I don't know about other franchise locations, but I suggest families steer clear of this establishment. They ran sooooooo late, and the photographer was soooooooo impatient. There wasn't a single smiling picture of Lily in our entire shoot b/c the guy clearly had A. never worked with children and B. had never encountered a tired toddler. When I made the appointment I scheduled it so that it was smack dab in between nap time and dinner time. However, we had to wait over an hour for our session, and the place was so crazy overbooked that rescheduling was not an option. So. Here's what we got.
|Not bad, but who doesn't want a happy baby Christmas photo?|
We tried our darndest to get her chipper for the photos, but this is what we were dealing with.
|One tired baby.|
We tried again at a different store. The experience was much better. We got some fabulous pictures. Even some smiling ones. I couldn't have been happier. I guess you truly do get what you pay for. Here's a happy Christmas baby.
Now that we have Miss Lily one of my joys is dressing her up for the holiday. Until she complains, *fingers crossed* it's not until she's 30, I'll continue to dress her up in gingerbread men and candy canes.
|Playing before church.|
|She has a skill with those Velcro rollers.|
Cayce was very busy with Navy stuff this month. He was gone for about 3 weeks. While he was gone my mom came to visit. Here's Lily on our way to pick her up from the airport.
|I look so cool.....|
After the party weekend Cayce's ship headed back out, and Lily, mom, and I headed to OK for a couple weeks. Lily spent the frigid days running out the doggie door to commune with her goat friends. I wished I had gotten a picture of this, but alas I was too busy chasing after her with her shoes, coat, hat, and gloves so she could be dressed appropriately to chat with her goat friends. Directly behind the house Al has made a small manger pen for two pregnant goats. I'm pretty sure Lily and the mamas spent their afternoons conspiring on how to get Lily through the fence and cuddled up with them in the hay. Anytime they saw Lily heading for the fence they met her and just "talked." Girl loves goats.
After our time in OK we headed up I-35 to Kansas and spent some time with Marty, Don, and Randy. There Lily got to enjoy her first 4 wheeler ride.
|She insisted on steering.|
Here she is feeding her baby doll.
|Clearly she's ready to be a big sister.||Cayce|
Cayce's Grandma Mautino came to the Eads' family Christmas. She brought dolls a plenty for Lily. Including Lily's Holiday Barbie, which is perfect, b/c I guess as an *almost* 30 y/o I'm too old to be getting the Holiday Barbie for Christmas anymore. :-P But that's okay I have every one from the mid 90's up until 2009. Lily's Great-grandma gave her the 2010 last year and also this year's. So as long as Lily gets them each year it's *like* I'm getting them right? She was also given Belle, the Disney Barbie (which much to my chagrin she was allowed to take out of the package and play with), and 5 or 6 Hallmark Barbie ornaments. Can I tell you how excited I am about these?? So excited that I went out and bought the small purple Christmas tree at Walmart so starting next year Lily can have her own Barbie Christmas tree. Squeeeee! So excited! This is why little girls are fun...just when people tell you you're too old for girlhood joys you have someone to keep those traditions going! (No, I will not be putting her in pageants and living vicariously through her...just so you don't have to worry about seeing me on TLC one day.)
|Great-grandma Carolyn, Cayce, an Elf, and me.|
Back at Pamaw's (Cayce's mom) Lily enjoyed the Lily's sized recliner she received for Christmas. She also got this kickass Princess castle tent. I have a feeling it will be her hiding place of choice.
|Just chilling with a peanut butter sandwich.|
|Hugs from Pamaw.|
|Pamaw, Princess, and Grampa Dave.|
|So much more fun with Daddy!|
|"Agh la la agh agh agh la la!"|
|We seeeee you, Daddy.|
|They should charge admission for that thing! It's one serious slide! Clearly.|
We made the 23 hour drive from OK to VA in 2 days. It was uneventful and loooooooooooong. You have never met three people and two dogs more happy to be home. We were able to enjoy Christmas in our home together.
|The tree has so far survived the Lily's sized terrorist, but the ornaments have all migrated north out of her reach.|
|Rockin' the Dora nightgown ready to tear into some gifts.|
|Paying with Belle in her convertible, complete with "vroom vroom" sounds.|
|Meet Apple. (that's her name)|
|Kisses for Apple. I can feel the anxiety in my stomach just looking at that mess.|
Cayce and I also had a good Christmas. The best thing was my Nook. I finally caved and asked for an e-reader. After being a traditional book hold-out I made the choice to get one. The big deciding factor for me stemmed from my experience nursing Lily. I was never ever able to read while nursing. I could hold a book, but the second I turned the page, oh no, that was it, fuss-central. I'm a HUGE reader. I absolutely love to read, and not being able to read while sitting peacefully really sucked. It was with that in mind that made me decide to get my well researched Nook. So, in other words, I've gotten over my fear of having another baby, and we are officially working on baby #2. So, once the next blessing comes along I am well prepared for nursing sessions with my Nook. :-)