but enough excuses....let's get to it.
this year was the first year where i knew christmas would be fun and exciting for our family. for peyton's first christmas, i was still learning the ropes of motherhood with a three month old and last year, we bought a house the week before christmas, so decorations, traditions and even gifts, were put on the back burner. i knew this was the magical year and it definitely delivered.
(lucky you, grandparents...this post is all about the pictures)
|christmas #1 at gaga and papa's house. each present was opened with an "oooh" and an "ahhh". even before she found out what it was:)|
|opening her gift from "cott and dob":) it takes loads of concentration.|
|christmas #2 at great aunt linda's house in ventura. these are a few of her favorite cousins to pal around with. eden, zach and peyton.|
|sweet sister blair and i. she leaves for a semester overseas to wales in a week....what are we going to do without 'aunt bah'?!|
|b and i. our fifth christmas as husband and wife. but our tenth christmas together. yowza!|
these next few pictures are some of my favorites from this year. i am so glad to have these memories captured.
|christmas eve night at nama and grandpa's house. peyton is setting out some "coo-poos" for santa. (coo-poo = cookies in peyton language).|
|writing a letter to santa with her new dry erase crayon board. one of her presents she got from mommy and daddy.|
|hanging up her stocking before bed.|
|that face! she was so proud. the sleepiest girl, but the happiest girl. not to mention, the happiest mom:)|
|christmas #3 at great grandma's house. this sassy lady got some finger bling for christmas! brandon's dad popped the question, so angie and her three girls will "officially" be in the family!|
|one of my favorite christmas traditions at great grandma's house. bingo!|
|some competitive family bingo:) who's gonna win that $10 prize??|
|christmas #4 at grandpa brian and angie's house. more presents! opening one of her favorite gifts...a new baby doll:)|
|christmas #5 with grandma and grandpa. peyton got a cradle to rock all her babies in! and she even got some stickers to 'customize' it:) good idea, grandma!|
we had five christmas celebrations (five?!) all within three days, but we got to celebrate with all of our family members from both sides. i wouldn't have had it any other way. we are so blessed to have all of our families so close.
still more december catch up to be played...more postings to come.