Christmas Morning!

John and I were so excited to see the girls faces Christmas morning. Unbelievably spoiled. We all had such a beautiful Christmas. I didn't have the energy to put on all the pictures, but I have to say that John was even more excited then the girls when he got his new fish surf board! Talk about Mrs. Clause coming through!! Goodbye Christmas 2009!
Ellie on her new beach cruiser. The basket was the perfect finishing touch. She didn't look this happy when she tried to ride it for the first time. She just learned to ride without training wheels, but apparently this bike is a lot heavier. Hang in there Elle, you will get it down in no time!! Paige dropped her blanket and ran to her bike. It is honestly one of the cutest tricycles I have ever seen. She loved it and knew Santa had come through! Girlie's sporting their Christmas PJ's at Grandma and Grandpa Woods house. We had a delicious Christmas Eve dinner with them and enjoyed a gift exchange together. I just realized Emma is not in any of these pictures. She did get a few little things from Santa, but mostly enjoyed crinkling the wrapping paper. John and I have a philosophy that if our kids don't really know whats going on then they kinda get the shaft, in the nicest way possible of course! Does that sound terrible. On Halloween when Emma isn't dressed in a costume I get the vibe from some parents, child abuse. The lovely thing is She doesn't have a clue and we didn't waste our money on a cheesy costume that will fall apart anyway. OK, I have no idea why I went off on that!!
This year Santa got Oreo cookies and eggnog! The reindeer's loved their carrots and brown sugar as you can see. Checking to see if Santa ate his goodies is almost as exciting as opening presents for our kids. Looks like he came!!


Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve morning John and the girls let me sleep in. The grandest gift of all. They woke me up and surprised me with a delicious keish with fresh orange slices. It was seriously delicious! After breakfast we walked on the pier and enjoyed the gorgeous California weather. What a beautiful day!



Mimi and thumb, what would we do without you. Paige, I had to post this picture of you so we would never forget it. Santa brought Paige a mini blanket of her exact Mimi that she could bring with her places and it fits in my purse perfectly. She was pretty excited about the idea!

Life is good!

My little fashion diva all worn out after an afternoon of play! Gotta love the drool on the arm. Sleep tight sweet Paige!!



I know everyone thinks their own kids are pretty cute, but come on! Sometimes they really do take my breath away!
Ellie informed John and I that Santa's eyebrows were a different color then his beard. She concluded that this was definitely not Santa and that his beard was also fake. For a true believer she sure is getting critical. I love that we still have the magic in the air. We will keep it there as long as we can!! This little hope skip and a jump says it all. She is literally leaping into Santa's arms. Paige would have walked right out the door with this guy. She told Ellie that he certainly was real but by the end of the night she was telling everyone that he was not the really real Santa just one of his helpers. Oh, the influence of an older sister!
I think Santa had to finally lift her down. She wasn't going anywhere!!
Emma thought she was a movie star. I'm not so sure if it was Santa that she loved or all the cameras and people smiling at her. She was smiling and waiving her hands at everyone. The fact that she was sitting on a strange mans lap with a huge white beard didn't even faze her!!


The Son of God

I bought this picture before John and I were married. Maybe it means more to me now that I have held my own sweet babies in my arms. How she must have loved that precious baby boy. He came to this world not to be forgotten, but that we may be forgiven. How much I love my Savior. May we all remember him this Christmas!