Merry Christmas

It was so exciting to schedule the annual Christmas card photo shoot with the addition of little Grayson this year. I was nervous about getting smiles from both kids and getting them to look straight ahead at the camera, but I shouldn’t have worried because the photos turned out great. We used several on our cards.

Here are a few of my favorites.

Angel of course got photos with the children but let us get one of her solo.

Christmas Events 2016

It’s hard to believe that all our Christmas activities are over until the big day.  At the beginning of the month we did Jolly days at the Children’s Museum and then the next day we took Elin out to dinner and then to see The Nutcracker ballet at Clowes hall on the Butler campus. This is the second year of taking her and she did again did very well.  It’s quite a lengthy ballet but she stayed quiet and  only got tired at the very end.

She loved  the big tree in the lobby so I made sure to get her picture with it.

Then the next morning she got to attend a special breakfast with Santa event at the Indianapolis Zoo.  Her nanny took her and they had a great time.  They ate breakfast, visited with Santa, made crafts and played instruments and sang.  Elin really seemed to enjoy herself.

 

Elin is looking so forward to Christmas this year and asks me everyday how much longer we have.  The season has flown  by and it’s hard to believe it will be over in just under a week.

 

Christmas Pajamas 2016

I was so excited to get Elin and Grayson matching Christmas pajamas this year!  I always go overboard and have tons of holiday themed pairs for Elin and Gryason got his fair share this year as well.  But, these personalized matching sets are my favorite!  I ordered these way back in the summer when I was still on maternity leave!  Apparently that is when a lot of shops take pre-orders for the holidays and I jumped on the chance to order early.  I remember being nervous about sizing for Grayson but I think I picked pretty well.  I also remember that I could not believe he would be sitting by Christmas and so excited for that milestone to come!

Elin did pretty good for their pictures together.  It’s hard to get them to both look at me and smile at the same time so I only got one good shot of that but I think the other shots are cute as well.

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Check out all the other ladies in the link up to see all the cute Christmas pajamas.

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Jolly Days 2016

It’s that time of the year for our favorite display at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum which is the holiday themed Jolly Days!

Since we knew it would be crowded as always, we took a Friday off work to go which turned out to not really help with the crowds because there were several school groups there on field trips. However, we were one of the first few in line to see Santa which was very important since this was Grayson’s first Santa visit!

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We saw Santa as he walked in and I love this picture of Elin running up to him to say, “hi”.

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Grayson did pretty well with Santa. He was not all smiles but I think he was confused about what was going on. He started to cry a little when he was by himself with Santa but then stopped as soon as Elin joined them.

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Elin was ecstatic to see Santa and eagerly sat there and told him that she has been very good and she wants Barbies for Christmas.

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Elin did the slide a couple of times and Grayson even went down once.

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Elin enjoyed all the other usual activities like the snowball fight, reindeers, and train to look at. Grayson enjoyed checking out the baby area.

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We all had such a good time and I was so glad that Grayson had a good first visit with Santa and that he enjoyed the museum.

Our Thanksgiving

I can’t forget to recap our Thanksgiving festivities. Especially since it’s Grayson’s first.

I attended Elin’s Thanksgiving feast at school and was in charge of the games. It was so cute to see her and her classmates eat on their little placemats they made in their little pilgrim hats.

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The kids seemed to love Thanksgiving bingo and a hot potato game with a stuffed turkey.

Then on the actual day of Thanksgiving, we went to two different dinners which made for a long day. I had to snap several photos of the kids before we got started.

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Grayson certainly enjoyed a couple containers of his baby food. He has loved everything we have fed him so far.

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Elin and Max got to sit at a special table themselves and after dinner they did some adorable crafts that helped keep them busy and entertained.

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Grayson is such a good baby and did so well during the meal and the whole day.

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Life Lately

I have been so bad about blogging lately, so this is from a few weeks ago but I didn’t want to miss sharing it.

Elin and I attended a cupcake and canvas event at her dance studio. It was free as a customer appreciation event and it turned out to be such a fun evening. We painted our background and then had pizza for dinner as the paint dried and then we painted out tutus on top and then had cupcakes as that dried.

Elin was one of the youngest girls there but she enjoyed painting and talking to the older girls. I hope the dance studio considers doing this again because it was a lot of fun.

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We also have been slowly putting up all the Christmas decor. I’m so excited for Grayson’s first Christmas.

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Elin has had so much fun putting on and arranging all the ornaments. She is not supposed to touch the ornaments now but I’m not sure if that is happening because it seems as though I find little clusters of them down at the bottom of the tree.

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This little guy just got his first little tree for his room. Pictures of that to come soon. Grayson is enjoying looking at the twinkling lights on the tree. We are so excited to share in all the holiday excitement with him.

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