Tuesday, December 21, 2010

He's (I'm) making a list and checking it twice...

Things are finally getting checked off the list, now that my massive cold is finally starting to ease up. I'm taking each day this week to accomplish each certain task...yesterday was shopping, today is baking, tomorrow is picture taking and Christmas card mailing day, Thursday is wrapping presents day and then it's finally Friday, Christmas Eve!

I asked Molly to smile for a picture and she actually did!

Now that we're the parents, I feel that it is our responsibility to make sure that there are plenty of traditions well established by the time our baby is big. I want her to see a certain ornament and call it her favorite and call the ceramic snowman with the blue scarf "The ceramic snowman with the blue scarf," because it has the most special of places on the fireplace mantel. I want her to remind us not to forget to make chex mix and Christmas cookies and of course to watch Frosty the Snowman and a dozen other Christmas classics. I can't wait to see what becomes tradition.

 Another cheesy smile!

I love how the Christmas tree has turned the house into something out of the ordinary. I love how the soft lights make everything cozier. I always imagined this life for my family, but I never could have imagined how amazing it would truly be.

I love how my kitchen cabinets look just like my moms, packed with holiday candy. I have a tough time passing up hershey kisses and Delicious hard candy. Although the super packed malls and grocery stores can irritate even the most festive soul, I still love it when we finally get home and are greeted by those soft glowing lights of the Christmas tree. I love the rushing inside and tromping in wet snow behind us, while taking off scarves and removing layer upon layer of coats and sweaters. Then, the best part, we are forced to cuddle on the couch, because life is so much warmer that way.

And, of course, I love the best part of all....Celebrating the birth of Christ!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Snow Day

The other day I was lucky to see this beautiful sunrise. It was so beautiful it had me outside in my robe and boots snappin' pictures. The sky was absolutely brilliant. This picture hardly does it justice.

Molly looked so cuddly in the baby swing....I really need to put it away.

Molly's sweet snow suit came in! She was totally diggin it.

I seriously could not wait to take her out in the snow. She was too little last year to fully appreciate all the fun snow brings, but she's really catching on this year.

She was little hesitant about walking through the snow by herself. After a quick look around, she decided to grab he dads hand. It was so cute!

Her little snow tracks were killing me, they were so cute!

I just couldn't get enough of her frozen little face!

Looking forward to many more beautiful and frozen winter sunrises!


Monday, December 13, 2010

Video of Molly

There you go, guys!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The snow is falling...

The snow arrived last week....which left me searching the Internet for a birdie size snowsuit.

Molly was only a seven-month old little birdie last year, so we stayed inside for most of the winter. Being confined inside our house all winter long led to a severe case of cabin fever. I'm hoping that being able to let Molly tromp through the snow this winter might ward off any kind of craziness.

I do already miss being able to pull out the swimming pool, entertaining Molly for hours. It was so easy to just sit on the deck in the mornings and let Molly wear herself out before a long afternoon nap. If I needed to run an errand, we could just jump in the car, but now it involves at least a half hour of bundling before we can go or do anything.

Winter takes patience. I really do love the snow and the sweaters and I truly could never live in Florida, but winter takes work to appreciate its fun.

This photo is hilarious, because not only is Molly riding the horse backwards, but she doesn't have a single snap on her overalls snapped!

We finally put the tree up last weekend.

She hasn't left it alone since...

These are a few of my favorite ornaments.

This one has a little more meaning....not just because it's from my baby's first Christmas, but because it was from her grandpa, the last Christmas he was with us.

I originally wasn't going to do anything for St. Nick this year, mostly because she doesn't get it yet and it seems a bit pointless, but mainly because I feel really overwhelmed by Christmas this year and am having a hard time getting in the spirit.

I planned on reading her the story of St. Nicholas, but not the whole stocking thing. Besides what was I going to stuff it with....hummus and carrot sticks? She doesn't eat candy. We, also, don't have a fire place to hang stockings and I worry that if I hang them from a shelf she will try to tug them off....because she likes to do dangerous stuff like that.

But, last minute I grabbed a Thomas the Tank engine toy from Wal-mart (a girl engine) and stuck it in her stocking after dinner. Marshal and I used our excited voices and told her to look in the stocking. Of course, she was super excited, which made it all worth it. After about five minutes of playing, little birdie goes back to the stocking, looks in it and asks, "More?"

17 days until Christmas!