christmas photos.

these are some of my favorite photos this year. 😉

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we had christmas with my family early this year. marlene and josh came in for 5 days, which was a real treat. emma loved it! tito and tita were here, too. this is the night we exchanged presents!!!

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emma with tito, tita, and her new baby, rosie…

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this year’s gingerbread house. emma had a blast.

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emma and ava.

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a decent shot of all five. elizabel, travis, chase, ava, and emma.

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emma and elizabel.

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cookies and milk for santa.

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ian and i set out emma’s gifts from santa christmas eve. it took everything in me to NOT get emma out of bed to play. 🙂

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emma and mommy having a tea party christmas morning.

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emma LOVES her rose petal cottage!

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i wish they had this when i was a kid.

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peek a boo!

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

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emma and santa 2.

last year’s experience seeing santa was less than perfect. we had a two and a half hour wait to see him, emma fell asleep about half way, and we had a cranky baby when it was time to see him. soooo, as a result, she was not very happy. ;-( check out last year’s post.

this year, we changed things up a bit. we decided to go during the week and in the morning when emma is the happiest. below are some pictures of the encounter…

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this is emma telling santa what she wants. so far, she has requested a cake (yes, a cake) and animals. santa had some coloring books with him, so she asked for one of those when she saw them, too.

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next we did the transfer. i quickly slid emma from my lap onto santa’s. she’s not too sure what to think of it.

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and finally, emma and santa are FRIENDS!!!! yay!

holiday cookie party!

we had a cookie party last week. it was so much fun! sugar cookies in all shapes, colored icing, and sprinkles… the kids were more interested in eating the cookies than they were in decorating them. we decorated about 3 or 4 and took the rest home for later. still, it was great fun. thanks, erika!

everyone decorating…
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emma, chase, and travis…
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the beautiful avas…
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the ONLY photo i got with all 5… it is sooooo hard to take pictures of these kids!!!
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