Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Christmas and New Years

We had a great first Christmas as a family in Ohio. My parents and brother came out Christmas Eve so it was so fun to have them all here to celebrate with us. We opened presents Christmas Eve with my sister and her family and then finished off the rest of them Christmas morning. Micah and Ella got soooo many presents it's unbelievable! I think they are set on toys for a long time. We spent Christmas morning with my parents and my brother. We put all the presents under the tree the night before so it was fun to see Ella's face as she came down stairs and discovered a tree full of gifts! Ella was really fun to watch open presents, the best was when she was opening one she said "Oh my word!" (I guess I say that more than I realized)

After we opened presents we enjoyed a delicous breakfast and then relaxed for awhile.

My mom got Ella a"Bitty Baby" made by American Girl. We are going to Chicago for Kylee's birthday in June to the American Girl store and thought it would be fun if Ella had a doll to take.

The tree Christmas Eve

Ella ran right to her tricycle Christmas morning.Micah and all his loot
Ready to do some baking!

My sister and her family came over for a delicous Christmas dinner. My dad's birthday is on Christmas so we also celebrated that. We had fun playing games, dancing to some Johnny Cash music, and eating yummy cheesecake =)
A birthday kiss for Papa

My sister and her kids came over for New Years Eve (Kurt was working) as well. Our theme was a "Frugal New Years" because we used food that we already had in our cupboards. Kym had a bottle of champagne in her fridge from a year ago that we used after googling it to make sure it was still ok =) Everyone stayed the night over here so we had a full house! In the morning we made a delicous breakfast that consisted of eggs, sausage, cinnamin rolls, toast, and fresh fruit!

2008 has been a crazy year for us with many ups and downs. We were blessed with our sweet boy in May who has brought us so much joy! We have had to trust more than ever in God and his provision this year which continues to strengthen us. God has humbled us and showed us that we are not in control of our lives and though sometimes it hurts we pray he continues to teach us this. We look forward to 2009 where we will watch Micah celebrate his first birthday and Ella will be three! We pray we will live our lives for Christ and that all we do would Glorify Him!

I will end with a picture of the cousins in their Christmas outfits. My mom made Kylee and Ella's Christmas dresses and they turned out BEAUTIFUL! She bought the boys all their outfits too so they were matching. The Kaelber/Giorgi's were a big hit at church =)

Friday, December 26, 2008

Merry Christmas!

more to come later.... =)

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Sitting up!

Micah is starting to sit up all by himself. He is growing up so fast, I can't believe it!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Meeting Santa

We took the kids to meet Santa today. I went to go take a picture of Ella sitting on Santa's lap only to discover that I hadn't put the memory card back in, ugh! That seems to always happen to me, you would think I would learn by now! Paul was able to take some pics with his cell phone that will have to suffice until next year. Ella told Santa she wanted a baby doll with a pink blanket and a bottle and a my little pony. We will have to wait and see if he delivers =)

Don't they looked thrilled? =)

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Rice Cereal

Last week we gave Micah rice cereal for the first time. I forgot how much work it is to feed a 6 month old! Micah kept putting his hands in his mouth after every bite so he made quite a mess. My job of spooning food in his mouth quickly became more complicated as I had to also hold his arms down and catch the drooling cereal all at the same time. Ella wanted to try some too so I gave her a small bite and she quickly spit it out =) Micah has been sick the last few days so we have taken a break from cereal since he hasn't had a big appetite. We will start back up when he is feeling better.

I think he loves it!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Decorating Cookies

Ella decorated Christmas cookies tonight at her cousins house. They were all dressed up in their matching apron and hats that my mom made for them. Ella was more into eating the cookies, frosting, and sprinkles then she was the decorating =)
Kason enjoying a spoonful of frosting

Kason licking the top of the sprinkles

Ella hard at work

Showing off their masterpieces
Tasting their hard work!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Happy Friday

I got some really cute pictures of Ella this week that I thought I would share. I could lie and say that my daughter is a natural little supermodel but the truth is I bribed her with fruit snacks (I know! Bribery is bad) It worked though and I got some cute little pictures. She is getting really good at doing her signature pose which consists of her resting her hand on her face and tilting her head. All I have to say is "do your pose"and she goes right to it! She is such a diva =)

I love this picture of her and puppy! It's such a classic Ella face