Sunday, January 8, 2012

Christmas 2011

We were able to go back to my hometown for Christmas this year. The Christmas Eve service at church is always something I look forward to. The last time I was there for a candlelight service, I believe Natalie was in my tummy. It's been awhile. I prepped Natalie on how careful she had to be if she wanted to hold a candle. She is always my reliable rule follower, so I trusted her, and she did great. I don't think she moved the entire time the candle was lit!

The usher handed me a candle as well. I laughed, put it back, and told him I didn't think it was such a great idea with Lexi on my lap. I mean seriously, she'll lunge at anything she wants (and has been known on occasion to have a fit if you won't let her have it...*ahem*) Anyway, I really thought I'd have to take her out when the candles were lit. But instead, she was surprisingly happy just to look.

The best part about the service this year? We were sitting in the back row, Lexi was on my lap, and while the minister was talking, she let out a loud burp! Everyone around us turned around. I started laughing, couldn't stop, and the harder I tried to stifle my giggles, the worse it got.

Our family on Christmas Eve, 2011. Do you see Rudy?? I had him in a lovely little headlock so he'd sit still for the picture:

Sarah & Cory:

Mom & Cory:

Christmas morning!

Coming to see what Santa brought:

Santa did great this year!

She loves this car!

Good morning, sunshine!!

Santa brought a fun toy for Lexi too!

Thank goodness we had something for Rudy--it kept him out of trouble for a while.

Climbing onto other gifts:

Here I am, opening my stocking. Don't laugh at my apparel either. I know you all have Christmas reindeer flannel pj's too. Don't hate. Appreciate.

Here we are, about to let her open the big gift that has taunted her from under the tree for the last two weeks!

A princess castle!! The ONLY thing she asked for!

This busy ball popper is another fun gift. Not something I'd recommend with a puppy in the house, but Lexi does love it!

Lexi was so happy and content, playing next to the tree all morning even with the chaos around her.

When she got tired, she laid her little head down while PawPaw patted her back. She stayed like this for a long time:

More gifts:

I'm holding a peek-a-boo bear that cracks Lexi up.

Our little one stripped down and stole a car later that morning too:

This is my nephew Chase, doing what we've all dreamed about for years! ;)

Riding on the plasma car:

I'll leave this next picture open for captions. It needs a title:

This might need one too. This is not posed. My brothers were in the background of another picture, and I just cropped this down. Apparently, Cory made the mistake of telling Doug he needed to sneeze. That's probably the last thing he remembered:

Merry Christmas!!!

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