Saturday, December 26, 2009


When you are someone who takes a lot of pictures, big events like Christmas can be a tad bit overwhelming. You want to take pictures and remember all the details, and it can make for an overwhelming blog post. Yet, I think many of the events that took place yesterday will be worth remembering, so it is worth it.

My mom has been talking about "what she is going to get the babies" for a while now, and it was a delight to finally see little Stella and Ava find their tricycles under the Christmas tree. Then of course they wanted to ride them, but neither of them are tall enough just yet to reach the pedals. So, it means a lot of pushing and sore backs for the adults. It is super cute however to see these easy riders on their pink and purple racers.

A while back I picked up a silly Santa hat at the dollar store, and it was my Christmas wish to get a picture of everyone in the hat. I wish the girls would have played along, but they were MUCH too busy with other distractions.

Keep your eye out for Candy Cane Twist (or Bop Bop, as Stella calls him). My dear friend Crystal brought him over to my house on a particularly tough day around Thanksgiving to cheer me up. He dances and sings and Stella has gotten so used to him now that when you sing the opening line "Well, I've got a new dance and it goes like this," Stella responds with "Bop bop bop...." Unfortunately for everyone, she STILL cannot figure out how to make him sing on her own and sometimes we just have to tell her that "Bop Bop went ni-night" to get her to stop. My dad had yet to meet CCT so I brought him over to do a little jig for Pops.

Opening the presents with the little ones continued to be very entertaining. Highlights were:
  • After Stella opened up a matching purse to Ava's, little Ava snatched Stella's purse and took off with both of them.
  • Beth made Ava a felt book spelling out her name just like Stella's book.
  • Mom's Juicy flip flops from Ashley.
  • Brent's car has been missing one hubcap for a while now. Every year since for his birthday or Christmas my dad has always hoped that his gift is a hubcap for Brent's car. Which of course, we couldn't care less about. But this year we finally listened. He loved it.
  • Ava got a chair just like Stella's from her auntie. Wrapped with love by her uncle Brent.
  • Brent got way more DVDs than he could have hoped for.
Uncle Tyler made his nieces cards and the inside poems were particularly charming.

Stella's card:

Stella the star,
that is what you are,
keep your holiday cheer,
all through the year

Ava's card:

Crazy Ava,
always on the Go, Go, Go.
This Christmas stay jolly
keep saying HO, HO, HO!

The girls had a tremendous time together and after opening a few gifts they sneaked off to play. They would pretend to run on the treadmill, then sit and rest and giggle to each other. Then they would do it again. When Stella calls for Ava it sounds like: "Wawa, Wawa!" It is pretty freaking adorable to watch those two kick it old school.

Mostly for me, I couldn't stop looking at my beautiful daughter and marvel at her adorableness. She charms me at every turn and I LOVED spending Christmas with Stella. Knowing her grandpa was there with us only made it that more delightful.

Now if only my brother-in-law's car had NOT been stolen from my driveway Christmas night it would have been an absolutely perfect day. Merry Christmas from our empty driveway to yours.


Livi Lou Photography said...

Who knew that Candy Cane twist would make it into your blog one day!! LOL !!! It looks like you had a wonderful Christmas. Lets get together soon!

angelicindy said...

Those girls are delightful! I'm so glad to be able to read about their antics :). What a great way to celebrate Christmas and family all together! But, oh no! I can't believe anyone would steal from your driveway. I hope you hear something soon!

Sara said...

I loved all the pictures! How awful that your bro-in-law's car was stolen on Christmas Eve. The SAME thing happened to my bro-in-law last year! It was stolen right from my in-laws driveway on Christmas day!!! What the heck people?!?!?! It was later found in a ditch, completely stripped of everything...including all his gifts. Ah, I love the good ole' Christmas Spirit. :)