Friday, January 1, 2010

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

What a whirlwind the holidays have been. I mean, really, aren't they always?!?!

Here's a quick December recap for you........

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On December 14th, Ethan got his ear tubes. The procedure was so quick and soooo needed. His ears were really bad. The ENT told us that he was sure it had been causing him some hearing troubles. In the 3 weeks since his tubes have gone in, we have noticed a LOT more babbling and even some actual words that we can understand. It was a great decision. He has started cutting his 2-yr molars. We are super excited about the prospect of cutting teething WITHOUT having an ear infection. I have friends who say it is possible.......but up to now, I can't say I believe them! We'll see!

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Christmas decorations were light this year. I did not have the energy to chase Ethan away from every tiny nutcracker soldier or snowman on display. We put out our favorites and put a gate around our tree! It is our new normal.

I can help Mommy!


Hey! These aren't working!


Stand here so Daddy can take your picture


Yes, Ethan CAN be bribed by candy!!


This is REALLY good!!


What's so funny?!


I think this hat is too big!


What's under the tree?


Wow, look at this Christmas ball!


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We visited Santa and mailed him a wish list of toys. We even had Sonic grilled cheese for dinner! What a fun night.











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We celebrated Christmas early with Charlie's family (on the 23rd) because of a last minute flight change out of Kansas City. Turns out, KC had a Christmas blizzard!! I'm sorry we missed the snow, but I'm not sorry that we got out of town before it all arrived. I'm afraid we wouldn't have made it to Maryland for a few days. And sitting at the airport with a toddler was not high on my list of things to try!

Unfortunately, we forgot our camera when we went to Liz and Terry's for gifts. So you'll have to wait on Uncle BoBo to send me his pictures!! I promise to update when I get them.

Oh Uncle BoBo....we are waiting on you!!

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Christmas Eve at Mom and Dad's house was fun. Abby (my great-niece) is at such a fun age. She was so excited.

She helped her Daddy write a letter to Santa!


Signed with love and left with some cookies and milk!


Ethan was fascinated with Paw-Paw's cane!


Santa came!!!


Look at all these presents Mommy!!


What's in this bag?!?!


Ripping paper is fun!


Ethan tries the buttons on Abby's new giraffe


Abby got a new Dora table that Ethan absolutely LOVED!!


Let me do it Daddy!


Let's check the instructions first, Daddy


Ethan and Abby watching Yo Gabba Gabba on Ethan's new couch!


Aunt Nonnie helps Ethan build a puzzle


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As a gift to my Mom and Dad, we all pitched in and had family photos done. They turned out great!

Mom, Dad, and Grandma


Our little family!


My sister's family


My sister-in-law's family


Mom, Dad, and their grandkids (and great-granddaughter!)


Grandma, her great-grandkids, and great-great-granddaughter!!


The whole gang!!


And a blooper shot!! This was one of the group shots. Look carefully at Charlie and Ethan. As you can see, Ethan was just about D.O.N.E. with all the picture taking and had just moments before this shot - smacked Charlie right in the face!!


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We drove a long way to visit Heidi, Elise, Natalie, and Braden


And, as usual, Mommy forgot to take pictures while we were there!!

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On Tuesday night, we bundled up and went to Washington D.C. to see the National Christmas tree.


It was a gorgeous tree! Ethan and Abby really enjoyed all the lights!




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So that should catch you up until now. Happy New Year to everyone. We are looking forward to a wonderful 2010!

3 comments:

Donna said...
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Donna said...

I loved spending time with you guys!! Kernal is growing so fast and handsome!!

Kentiga said...

Looks like Ethan got some great loot. I really need to get family pics done of everyone sometime soon. Great idea!