Today I was so proud when Olivia came home from school and showed me that she passed of knowing the letter of the alphabet and their sounds. She has been working really hard on knowing them! What a great moment as a mom to see her face and see how excited she was! Way to go Olivia!
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Christmas is my absolute favorite time of year. I deck the house out with decorations, have Christmas music playing all the time and enjoy sitting in front of the fire on the chilly evenings. This year was no exception. The girls were so excited for Santa to come, especially Olivia who just couldn't wait. She hated when we got presents in the mail and I would tell her she couldn't open them yet. Every morning she was always eager to open the new day of the advent calender. We decided this year to get a real tree, which was gorgeous. We also had a fake one on the front porch and we were going to set up another one in the basement for the kids to decorate, but I never got around to it. This year we also hosted our first Christmas party, we had our neighbors over, who we usually bbq with. We made the party a white elephant party and to not have to worry about kids we hired a babysitter to watch them in the basement. It was great, we plan on making it an annual party. Santa was very good to us this year, we all got more than we deserved. Damon got some new games for his x-box, a new watch, some clothes and movies. I got a new camera, which I'm SOOO excited about, my parents got me a kindle fire too which I LOVE! Olivia got a leap pad explorer, clothes, movies, a scooter, books, play make-up, a ball she can bounce on. For Sophie this was the year of the dolls for her, she not only got a Ariel and Rapunzel baby dolls but than just a regular baby doll. She also got new clothes and books. My parents got the girls a Rapunzel vanity with play make-up and a princess suitcase. We really did have a wonderful Christmas!
Meeting Santa and giving him their Christmas lists.
I love the pure happiness in their eyes!
Olivia at her school program!
All those kids are just kindergartners, you should have seen how packed the gym was!
In their Christmas Jammies
Opening the stockings first
Sophie showing off her new lipstick.
And her new stick on earrings
Gifts from Nanny and Grandad.
Showing of her new leap pad.
Opening up her Ariel doll.
The tree with the presents all ready to be opened.