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Monday, January 4, 2010

A Holiday Sampler

In the past two weeks, we have celebrated four Christmases, one birthday, and one new year. The time for presents and parties has come to an end, but it sure was fun while it lasted. Here are a few photos of all the excitement.
CHRISTMAS IN WISCONSIN
The girls had loads of fun loading Grandma up with stuffed animals. Not sure how much fun this was for Grandma...although I think that's the hint of a smile on her face.

Maddie and Ibby get their wings...fairy wings, that is, and the new Tinkerbell movie from Aunt Pat and Uncle Bob. Life is grand.


THE RAJEKS VISIT, GIFTS IN TOW
Here are Ibby and Maddie with Pam's niece "Karin" and her husband "Ick," or as they are known to most people, Erin and Erik. Please note that Maddie is wearing her fairy wings. She does take them off to sleep and bathe, but that's about it.

CHRISTMAS DAY
Opening the presents that were under the tree was fun.


Discovering the doll house in the toy room was even more fun.


The stuffed animals, the cat and the moose who eat cupcakes and muffins respectively, were a hit as were the accompanying books.


Playing in the snow was a definite highlight of the day.

NEW YEAR'S DAY
The second day indoors due to extremely cold temps, it was time for something new. Out came the Hello Kitty tent which has been in the back of the closet for a few months. It was just like a brand new toy!

Time for a tea party...


...and some indoor gymnastics.

A VERY SCHOEN CHRISTMAS
More presents,

more dress up,

and a new friend made for a super fun day.


Despite the recent loss of my dad which weighed heavily on my heart all through the holidays, this was, bar none, the best Christmas and New Year's EVER! It meant the world to have both of our girls home with us, and they are at an age when everything about the holdays was so much fun...for them as well as us. That said, I am relieved the holidays are over, and we can get back to our regular routine. It's January 4, and the girls aren't bored with their new toys, so that's a good thing. Though we aren't used to getting up, getting dressed, and getting out the door, it's back to school tomorrow. We'll see how that goes. Maddie has been having some pretty leisurely breakfasts lately...she's just not much of a morning eater. It will be interesting to see if we can speed up the process somewhat come Tuesday. It's been great having the girls all to myself the past two weeks, but I have a feeling they are going to be quite excited to get back to their teachers and friends. Happy New Year, everyone!

5 comments:

Lynn said...

What a wonderful recap. Looks like a great time was had by all!

Sherry said...

Happy New Year to you too!!!! Looks like you guys had loads of fun and presents. What a great age -- I can't wait for next Christmas when Cassie and Chloe actually understand it. Thanks for the preview of whats to come. Love the wings and the snow. Believe it or not -- we have no snow!!! Ok, we have it now and once before but not even enough to cover all the grass. I can still see green blades over 40% of the yard. So sad for Cassie and the sled. :) Too bad you are so far away or we could come visit and enjoy the snow. :)

Glad it was your best holiday every, even with the lose of your dad. I'm sure he was looking down smiling because you were enjoying yourself.

Love ya,
Sherry

3peas1pod said...

Sounds like a wonderful time. The girls looked like they enjoyed their forst holiday season together. Maddie has such a sweet smile! I LOVE Ibby's static hair! Too funny!

Lesa said...

I am so happy to hear that you had a great Christmas. I know how you felt, but it was so nice sitting and watching the children open up all of the gifts...finally a dream come true.

Mary said...

Pam, I just love checking in to see what your girls are up to. They're little dolls and look like they are having so much fun! Thanks for the updates.