Sunday, December 27, 2009

"Christmas 2009!"

Christmas 2009 is in the books! I love Christmas time, but wish it could be more simple and get back to the meaning of what Christmas is really about, the birth of Jesus Christ our Savior! I love all the Christmas traditions of decorating trees, lights, Santa, gingerbread houses, etc.! However, it's the presents & the hustle & bustle of the Christmas holiday that needs tweaking! It's interesting how you view everything different as a parent! I don't want Abigail to get all wrapped up in the world's view of what Christmas is or become a spoiled child who thinks she should get everything she asks for for Christmas! Abigail noticed the Christmas tree & lights more this year, but didn't seem to care one way or another! She went to see Santa, but didn't understand the whole idea of Santa bringing presents! Abigail loved opening her Christmas presents, but was a bit overwhelmed and didn't understand why she was opening presents! She did learn at church & from us that God sent us Jesus, so for now that's Abigail's understanding of Christmas!
We celebrated Christmas with Papa & Grandma Christmas Eve at lunch! Then, we celebrated Christmas with the Pearson family at my Grandmother's house Christmas Eve night! My Grandmother loves baking all kinds of fudge & cookies at Christmas time! She makes the best chocolate pie & potatoe salad hands down! Christmas morning was spent at home with just our little family, which was nice! We went to Mimi & Honey's house for lunch & to celebrate with my family! Then, we stopped by James's extended family's Christmas celebration!
Abigail was very overwhelmed & overstimulated from all the new toys & long days! She got lots of baby dolls, baby beds, baby strollers, etc.! We could run a daycare for baby dolls with all the stuff we have, but Abigail loves it all! Christmas 2009 was wonderful & we are truly blessed! However, next year we will make an attempt to make things less hectic in order to enjoy & meditate on the true meaning of Christmas instead of getting wrapped up into pleasing everyone!

Abigail Christmas Day @ Mimi & Honey's with baby doll!

Abigail with baby doll @ 4 lbs.!! It's crazy to believe the doll was bigger than her!!

"I can't get this baby doll out, can someone please help me?"

Daddy reading Abigail a new book she got for Christmas!

Pearson Family Christmas! I am bad about taking pictures & always tell myself that I'm going to regret someday not having more pictures of my Grandmother with my little family!

Abigail @ Papa & Grandma's having a tea party with her baby doll!

"Look, it's a new baby!"

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

"The Polar Express!"

A few weeks ago, we drove to Palestine to the Texas State Railroads's depot there for "The Polar Express" train ride with my family! Since Abigail had so much fun on the "Thomas the Train" train ride, I thought it would be fun for the whole family to go to The Polar Express train ride! There were 9 adults, 5 children, & 1 infant!! Wow!! I have a big family & it's only going to get bigger since my youngest brother isn't married yet!
The children all wore their pajama's for the train ride! The weather was cold & wet, so it was a good thing we were on the train! Everyone loved the train ride! They served hot chocolate & cookies on the train & sang Christmas carols! We stopped in the North Pole & picked up Santa & his elves! They read the book "The Polar Express" over the intercom during the train ride! The train ride was only an hour, but that was long enough for the kiddos! It was fun watching everyone's faces light up with excitement & joy! The steam engine train was pretty cool to see in person! So, once again the drive to ride the train was well worth it! Abigail thought we were riding on Emily, the train from Thomas the Train! So cute!!
The whole crew!

My little family!! I love this picture!!

Daddy & his little girl!!
Abigail enjoying her cookie!!

Santa & his elves got on the train!!

Mimi & Honey with 3 of their 6 grandkids!!

Daddy & Abigail posing in front of the steam engine train!!

Daddy & Abigail posing in front of the train again!!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

"Abigail's Reindeer Dance!"

Last week Abigail did her reindeer dance at the end of her dance class! I have tried several times to upload the video & it's not working for some reason! Oh well! She was distracted by the string around her neck holding the antlers on her head! The first part of the dance she kept pulling at the string around her neck! She danced a little bit, but then she was distracted by all the cameras pointing at her & the other little girls! For 2 year olds the girls, they did a pretty good job! Abigail did great considering she had had surgery on Monday!
Daddy & Mimi came to see her dance too! Daddy brought his little dancer flowers, so cute! I was teasing James that I had been replaced! I can't wait until Abigail's dance recital in May! It will be so fun to watch her up on the big stage at The Woodlands Pavilion!
Our last attempt at trying to get Abigail to look at the camera!

Abigail being silly!! Daddy brought her flowers!

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

"Christmas Fun & Surgery Recovery!"

I was out & about on Snow Day 2009, so I didn't get any pictures of Abigail playing in the snow! I tried to take some pics with my cell phone, but they look blurry & you can't see the snow! Oh well! Abigail didn't know what to think about the snow at first, but then she enjoyed running around outside saying, "it's snowing!" My mom & I took her to get her picture taken with Santa! Abigail didn't cry this year, but she wouldn't smile either! Later that day when Daddy got home from work, we made Christmas cookies! Abigail had lots of fun making cookies & playing with the cookie cutters! Although, she kept saying the dough was play-do! Abigail was covered in flour & cookie dough! It was lots of fun, but made a big mess!
Monday, Abigail had her 2nd set of ear tubes put in & her adenoids removed! The surgery was at Texas Children's in the medical center! There were lots of toys for her to play with in the waiting room to keep her occupied & when they took her for surgery, they took her in a red wagon! Abigail was such a brave little girl, I was so proud of her! The surgery went well & Abigail woke up asking for her "baby!" After eating a few popsicles, Abigail was ready to go home! On the way home from the hospital, I rode in the back seat with Abigail in case she got sick! Abigail told me, "I want a wagon!" So, Daddy had to go buy his brave little girl a wagon! Abigail slept most of the day & woke up ready to play! Daddy had the wagon waiting for her when she woke up from her nap! Daddy had to pull her in the wagon around the house because it was cold & raining outside! Daddy also bought Abigail some Thomas the Train peel-n-stick stickers to decorate the wagon! The normal recovery for this time of surgery is 2-4 days! However, Abigail just bounced right back! Of course with all that she's been through in her short life, this was no big deal! God is so good! Hopefully this surgery will help Abigail start feeling better & stay well!

Abigail sleeping in her "big girl" bed!