Every year on my Grandma's Birthday(December 23rd) Santa comes to pay the kids a visit. Tim and I are always interested to see how Addison is going to react to Santa. When we were at our Ward Christmas Party earlier this month, we tried to take Addison up to see Santa. When we were in line Addison changed her mind and kept telling us, "No Santa!" So after that, knowing that Santa would be at my Grandma's Birthday party, we tried to work with her so she wouldn't be scared of Santa. Every time we saw Santa on TV or anywhere else, we would point out Santa and tried to get her excited about seeing him. We got to the point where she would say, "Addie Santa" Which we thought meant she wanted to see Santa. So that night when we saw Santa, she seemed to be doing ok. She didn't seemed frightened by him when he came in, and she saw a few other people go up and get their present from him, so we thought she would do alright. But as you'll see, that all changed as soon as Santa called her name and we tried to get her to sit with him! The funny thing is that Addison seemed to enjoy seeing Drew and everyone else sit on Santa's lap, and she even waved bye to him as he was leaving.
Here are the photos:
and finally this years picture
Here is Drew's first Picture with Santa. She of course didn't mind Santa at all. It will be interesting to see how she does next year.
Last Sunday we went to the Nogger. What first started out as wear your finest Christmas sweater (sarcastically speaking of course) has now turned out to be wear your craziest Christmas outfit. Each year someone wears something crazy, and Tim and I leave thinking how can anyone top that. Then the next year comes and someone once again wears something crazier. This year was no different. There were quite a few sweaters/outfits for the running of the coveted Santa trophy, but nothing could top the "homemade" sweater. Now when I say homemade, it wasn't knitted or crocheted, but it was a snowman made out of chest hair. Yes you read right. Ben had shaved his chest hair in a shape of a snowman. It was hilarious.
Jake had won the year before, he was definitely a good candidate for the best outfit. His skirt is a tree skirt. And we can't leave Nick out, last year he wore a women's Christmas nightgown, this year he dressed up as Saint Nick. We had a yummy fondue spread and after we played the wonderful white elephant exchange. Drew was sitting on my lap and next thing I know she was fast asleep, I guess from all that partying.
Tim ended up with Twinkies and canned salmon, Nick ended up with Ding Dongs and some maxi pad slippers. So after the game Nick and Tim thought it they would swap out some of their Twinkies and Ding Dongs.
Here is Jake trying on the awesome ladies one piece snow suit. Here is Nick in his Blazer from DI, in the inside pocket there was an obituary from a guy who passed away in 1986. Creepy huh.
All the guys...
...and all the girls and babies.
Funny how much can change in a year. Last year there were only four kids. This year there was ten kids, with all six couples having babies this year. We are thinking we need to get babysitters for the years to come.
We had such a wonderful time, Thanks Luke and Amy! You guys are wonderful hosts.
After church I wanted to get a few pictures of the girls in their Christmas dresses. Addison was thrilled with the idea of holding her little sister and getting her picture taken with Drew. She however didn't seem to like the idea of anyone else holding Drew for a picture. I wanted to get a picture of Tim and the girls, but Addison got very upset when Tim was sitting in her spot holding Drew. As you can see Addison didn't want to be in the picture with them. I however managed to get a picture with Addie.
Classic isn't it!?! This picture is seriously so funny. I feel a little bad that I am laughing at this picture of my husband crying, but I really can't help it! I don't know what's funnier:
* The look on little Timmy's face.
* The look on Keri Beth's face, almost like she is getting pleasure from watching Tim cry!
* Tim's Gremlins pajamas.
* The fact that Tim's dad took this picture, and then blew it up to an 8 x 10.
We don't know much about the story behind the picture, or why Tim is crying. Tim's sure Keri Beth has something to do with it. If anyone of Tim's family can shed any light on this we would love to hear it.
That's right, just like her big sister, Drew has started sucking her thumb. While Drew was taking a nap, I went in to check on her and this is what I found. Drew has been sucking her thumb now for about two weeks. I don't really mind her sucking her thumb, the only problem we have is that we have tried to tell Addie that she is a big girl now and that she doesn't need to suck her thumb. So now when Addie sees Drew sucking her thumb she will go over and pull Drew's thumb out of her mouth. I guess Addie thinks if she shouldn't suck her thumb, Drew shouldn't either.
This Thanksgiving was quite different from what we have been accustomed to. Since Tim and I have been married, we have spent Thanksgiving traveling, usually going to three meals to visit all of our family. As nice as it is to see everyone, it's has become increasingly difficult, especially now that we have kids.
This year each family celebrated Thanksgiving on a different day, so it was nice to be able to spend more time with each family, and not feel like we were rushing from one place to the other.
Tim's family came in a week before Thanksgiving, so we celebrated Thanksgiving the Sunday before. It was so nice to have everyone together again. It had been about 4 months since we had seen Mary, Cameron and Hudson. Marlon and his girlfriend Daniella and her daughter Dalene also made the trip. It was also nice to have Tim's grandparents there this year too. We always have a great time getting together with Tim's family.
On Thanksgiving, Tim woke up and went to play some football with some friends, and we spent most of the day just relaxing and spending time together. Later that afternoon, we went over to my Grandma's house. We usually have dinner at my parents house with my mom's extended side of the family, but since my mom had surgery on her eye they decided it would be easiest to have it at my Grandma's this year. Drew of course slept right through dinner.
On Saturday we headed South to Fountain Green to celebrate our Thanksgiving/Christmas family party with the Wright extended family. The Wright family is getting so big that they have decided to combine our Thanksgiving and Christmas Party together. There's nothing quite like the Wright present swap, and this year we mixed it up a little bit, and held an auction instead. Tim and I ended up coming home with the same ice scraper that we brought. As for the kids present swap Addison came home with a cars flashlight, that she absolutely loves.
Well that was our Thanksgiving this year, We definitely have a lot to be thankful for and we feel so blessed to be able to spend the holidays with our families.
We brought our camera but forgot our memory cards so we weren't able to get any pictures.
However Tim's sister, Keri Beth sent us a few pics.
Addison and Grandma Marlene playing with Tigger.
Playing Scum or Presidents, we always enjoying playing games with Tim's family. Mason and Addison Aunt Mary and Drew Grandma Marlene and Drew
I wanted to get some pictures of Addison now that she is two. So a couple weeks ago Tim and I decided we would take her and try and take some photos ourselves. Well can I just tell you that it was nearly impossible for her to sit down and stay still. She was running all over. (Not that I was surprised) I guess you really can't expect anything less from a 2yr old. We did manage however to get a few cute pictures. I am hoping that the weather will warm so we can try again.
Here are a few of the pictures we took, nothing professional or anything.
I love Halloween and especially love it even more now that we have kids. Tim on the other hand hasn't really loved Halloween until now. I guess having his daughter's birthday on Halloween has forced him to like it. This year like most other years, Tim dressed up as Clark Kent. I dressed up as a witch. We unfortunately didn't take any pictures of us. We did however remember to take pictures of our kids. Here is our little witch and black cat.
We first stopped by my parents so they could see the kids in their costumes. Once we got home Tim took Addison out trick or treating while Drew and I stayed home and handed out candy. Addison had so much fun trick or treating with Abby, Elly and Ally.
Addison will make a cute little witch laugh but will not say "trick or treat". A week before Halloween we tried to teach Addison to say "trick or treat". One night at the dinner table we were telling her to say "trick or treat". Addison kept saying "Treat" like we were asking her a question. Finally we said no say "both". Addison quickly replied, "Both". It was Hilarious, Tim and I immediately started laughing. Tim and I found this so funny is because she loves using the word both. If she ever has two of something she will quickly tell us she has both. So from that point on when we told Addison to say "treat or treat" she would say "both" because she thought she was so funny.
Addison had a great birthday. She loved it when we sang Happy Birthday to her. Everytime we said Happy Birthday to You, she would point to herself. Once it was all over and she blew out her candles she would say,"Again".
I can't believe that today our little sweetheart turns two. Addison has really started to grow up and we feel that our little baby isn't so little anymore. Especially since Drew's birth, Addison has now become our "big girl" and "mommy's helper". Addison has been such a good daughter, that we feel like she has made parenthood almost too easy at times. The past two years have been wonderful, and we are so grateful for her sweet, fun loving personality, and for all the joy that she has brought to our family.