Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Christmas 2008

The month of December came and went in a flash this year! Nate's brother, Jon, got married on December 14th, and preparations for the wedding and hosting both the bachelorette and bachelor parties had Nate and I VERY busy the first few weeks of December, and our poor little ones hustled around A LOT! Once the wedding festivities were celebrated and came to a close, we were able to relax and feel the warmth that Christmas brings--with all the music, cheer, decorating, gift-giving, treats and more. Because Brooklynn is only 2 1/2, and Asher is only crawling and smiling--most of the time, we hadn't yet had a talk with the kids about Santa...until... Brooklynn came to me a few weeks before Christmas and said, "Santa is coming to our house with his reindeer, and he is bringing presents for you and me and Daddy and Asher!" So with much surprise and a grin on my face, I was excited to begin the Santa saga that will last for the next coming years.

It is SO fun being a Mommy. And, It is so fun now that Brooklynn is old enough to do crafts and little projects that allow her to be creative and try new things. She had so much fun making her ornament and the gingerbread tree--and even more fun eating the ornaments off it! This year she also got to enjoy the SNOW! It doesn't happen all that often around here, so to have as much as we did this year was amazing. And it was a huge change from last year as Brooklynn was terrified of it. This year though, she would have played in it multiple times daily. Here are a few pictures from our holiday. I hope you had a very Merry Christmas!

She loves anything to do with cookies, frosting and candy!

She did such a nice job decorating the tree

This wasn't the only time I saw her sneaking a taste!
But I had to laugh when I saw her chewing on something--but
responded it was nothing, and there leaned against the tree was a
half-eaten candied present. A few days later, she took a bite out
of the red present but the coloring or dye in it had her gagging
and asking for a drink. Silly girl.

SO excited to open her Christmas Eve present.

Dora Dora Dora--was the theme this year!

Very excited about her other new jammies.

Little Asher, smiling his sweet smile. And me, in a funny outfit.
I am not sure that I have ever worn two different types of plaid
before, but I know for sure that the snow outside had our house
SO COLD this year. Let's just say that I wasn't too worried about
the camera this year.

And apparently Nathan wasn't either! ;) Nate and I opted out
exchanging gifts this year. I did however, surprise him with
this Johnny Cash t-shirt and some home-made lovey-wife
coupons. He has been giving me a hard time about the coupons ever
since. I've been trying to get him to realize that trying to cash
one in for a back massage when I am already asleep does not work!

Well, this isn't the photo that I was hoping for, but it
will do. Our family in 2008.

Uncle Timmy stayed the night on Christmas Eve.
He enjoyed watching Brooklynn and Asher open their
presents. Can you tell that he is Nate's brother, or what?

I wish you a wonderful New Year, and may God bless you and your family in 2009!


b davis December 31, 2008 at 10:40 AM  

So, one minute Nate had a shaved head, the next a full head of hair. I think he and Timmy are twins! That seriously threw me, until I read it was Uncle Timmy.

You have a beautiful family! I can't believe how fast the holidays flew by, nor can I believe how big little Asher is.

Erin December 31, 2008 at 4:45 PM  

Aww...Cassie. I loved seeing all your pics and hearing about your busy & happy December. Thanks for sharing!

amber johnson January 3, 2009 at 2:22 PM  

Those pictures are so cute and you are such a good mommy - making gingerbread trees, etc. You inspire me! Looks like you guys had a nice Christmas. I wish we could have been together for part of it. Miss you guys!

Keri January 4, 2009 at 9:27 AM  

Your kids are so cute! Sounds like you had a great Christmas. Happy new year!

“You must write every single day of your life... You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads... may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.” ― Ray Bradbury
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