Thursday, December 30, 2010

New Beds... New Room!

Big Transition is Upon Us!
It is definitely a bigger transition for Mom and Dad than for our "big girls"
They are now officially out of cribs and into toddler beds!
First nap for Lola in her new big girl bed!
First nap for Ellie in her big girl bed!
First full night sleep in their big girl beds.
They went to bed nicely, Lola just needed some extra snuggles to feel safe in her new bed, but after about 10 minutes they were asleep and we didn't hear a peep until about 7:40am this morning when I heard them both giggling, I walked in and saw them sitting together between their bed reading books....
Is this transition going to be this easy?
I won't count my chickens yet!

New BIG GIRL Room!
Thank You Grantie and Gruncle for a super cute canopy... the girls love it!

The train Santa brought them fit perfectly in their room.

The even have a kitchen/grocery store in their room (lucky girls)!

They now have easy access to day dream out the window!

(notice the absence of the rocking chair... it was way to early for 'mom' to get rid of that so the rocking chair has been moved to our office, that is where we will "Rock & Read"

Our Second Christmas!

My parents came down on 12/26 to celebrate Christmas with their four grand babies in San Diego. It was such a nice second Christmas!
Tony, Poppi, Lola, Stacie, Grandma, Ellie, Aiden, Mark, Missi, Baby Liam
The second coming of Santa Clause
(note: my whole family had sent their gifts for the grand kids with my parents to drive down)
Preparing a good dinner of ham, scallop potatoes, veggies, and garlic bread!
The girls helped grandma make the potatoes.

Ellie & Grandma
Present Time!
The kids are now really, really good at ripping open their gifts.
I will say that my girls were beyond spoiled this Christmas and will not need a new toy for the rest of their lives :) They sure are enjoying all their new things. It is nice to watch them play so mature with all their big girl toys.

Aftermath #3
Dinner time!
Missi and Tony

Poppi, Grandma, & Missi

The kids are eating at the new official "Kiddie Table" so cute!
The girls love their new baby cousin and are fascinated by watching Auntie Missi take care of him! I think Liam had a relaxing first Christmas getting spoiled with constant cuddles.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Merry Merry Christmas!

I can chalk up 12.25.2010 to one of my very favorite and one of the happiest days of my life, I think it possibly could be the happiest day of my life as a parent. There was something so special about this Christmas. The girls were filled with smile after smile (well after they realized Santa wasn't in our living room... reference first video). Watching our girls experience the magic of Christmas simply validated every happy childhood memory I have. Tony expressed the same feelings. It was day filled with smiles, laughter, thanksgiving, family, and joy!

This first video is when we went into the room to tell the girls Santa came. They misunderstood our excitement and thought Santa was here and didn't want to come out of there room, so we had to carry them out, but when they saw what Santa brought them they were ecstatic!

Santa came and brought a train table and lots of other wrapped gifts!

Don't worry Santa made sure the train table was a bit girlie! "I like it!" says Ellie"Yay, Choo Choo rain" says Lola

Stocking Time!!

More presents...

"Sit & Spin"
They love them and were able to figure them out in just a few tries!

Aftermath #1
Our first traditional Christmas breakfast of Cinnamon rolls and mimosas (well OJ for the little ones) The girls helped me make them and Ellie was my taste tester.

One Happy Family!
Christmas Cuteness!

Off to grandma's house we go! psstt...Santa came there too!


They got new musical instruments too!
and very cute backpack...they kept putting their backpacks on and saying "bye, to TT's House" TT is their day care lady!
But of course they must put on some of their new makeup before they go!
Aftermath #2
Dinner Time!
Antipasto and Cannelloni
What a day, the girls were ready for some cuddles and we were ready for some relaxing!
This sums it up!
(the simple reminder of the true meaning of Christmas,
we got to see from our balcony all season long)
"Happy Birthday Jesus!" as Ellie would say
It is a time to be truly joyful!!!

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