Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!!!

We had a really wonderful Christmas this year! Lauren was just the right age to really enjoy all the festivities, we were able to go to our own church on Christmas Eve (which we have never done) and wake up in our own home on Christmas day. The past week has been filled with many visits with friends and family, and there are more to come!

Here are some tidbits from our morning:

Lauren setting out cookies and milk on Christmas Eve.

The next morning, cookies were nibbled and milk was drank. And Santa got the memo about the barking, tail-wagging pound puppy. ;o)

The chaos of opening presents! This was a mutual gift for the girls, so they were both happily ripping away!!!

Lauren's bouncing ball was a hit for sure!

Paige saw Lauren test out the scooter and is all about it! She just stands there and smiles, as if it is moving and SO fun!

There are a few more shots of our celebration at my Frame-A-Day site if this just wasn't enough for you! ;o)

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! We are off to #3 at my parent's house tomorrow!

Christmas Eve

All ready for Christmas Eve service!

Lauren and Camryn playing by Aunt Jen's tree

Paige just loves her cousin Travis - he cracks her UP!

The kiddos singing Happy Birthday to Jesus.

We love this holiday!!!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Beeler Family Christmas

It is hard to believe it has been twelve days since I last posted! Time has just gotten away from me. This past weekend we were up in Payson for the big family get-together on Justin's Dad's side, and then a smaller Christmas celebration with Justin's parents and two of his siblings and their families (we missed you terribly Ra-ra!). We all had a wonderful time and it was great to reconnect with everyone!

Lauren recited a short book that she has memorized, "Christmas in the Manger" for a skit after lunch. She did a great job - Mommy was very surprised that she was willing to perform in front of so many people!!! Papa Jody and Mommy were misty-eyed before it was all said and done.

Daddy getting a Paige snuggle.

Lauren showing off this year's Angel ornament from Grandma Nel.

Paige was happy to unwrap presents this year, the only downside was she wanted everything out of the box right away. Seriously, why do they have to use two dozen zip-ties to keep kid's toys in the box?!?

Lauren and Camryn showing off their matching Frenchy dogs from Aunt Ra-Ra. Frenchy is the dog from Fancy Nancy and Lauren LOVES her. We have read "The Posh Puppy" at least 100 times. Needless to say, Frenchy is a big hit and has slept with Lauren every night since!

Uncle Shawn and Paige having a little bonding time. (C'mon, I had to play around with Photoshop a LITTLE this week!) ;o)

The day after Christmas we are headed to Vegas for the weekend and when we return we will be off to play in the snow with some friends, so I will have a lot to share when we are finally home again! Have a very merry Christmas, everyone!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Christmas Card Out-takes

Okay, this falls under the category of if-you-don't-laugh-about-it-you'll-cry. Except maybe for me it is if-you-don't-laugh-you'll-pull-your-hair-out.

In case any of you organized types (*COUGH* Kathleen) are beginning to wonder if the Beeler's are ever going to get around to sending a Christmas card... we are trying! I submit the following as evidence:

Seriously. Whose kids are these, and why are they torturing me? I have taken over 150 shots in three days and there is ONE that is okay. I hate to send out OK pictures on cards, but no amount of photoshopping is helping these beautiful little freaks. ;o)

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

One Year Old

On Sunday we celebrated Paige's first birthday! It was a wonderful time of visiting with family and friends! I was genuinely suprised to have so many people take time out of their holiday weekend to come see us - thank you to you all!!! For those of you who couldn't make it, here's the Reader's Digest Version. ;o)

A quick pose in the gift corner. Paige LOVES her chair from Grandpa Randy and Grandma Linda! She has already learned how to get in and out of it all on her own. She will take a toy and climb up in it to play.

My pretty little girl!

There wasn't a real theme to her party, so I let Lauren pick out the cupcake cake. It was a hit!

Singing happy birthday ~ she didn't freak out, but she wasn't smiling and clapping like she had during "rehearsals" all week either!

Not so sure about the frosting...

"Oh yeah, that's gooooooood!"
It didn't take her long to dive right into the cupcake. She was all about it!

How old are you, Paige?

Opening gifts - this guitar from Grandpa and Grandma Beeler was a hit!

Giving a kiss to the cow from Aunt RaRa. Gotta love the open mouth kisses!
Can't have a post with out a little Lauren thrown in! She was a super big sister and such a trooper about the day not being about her for a change! There were plenty of distractions to keep her mind off of it, though!