Christmas Happenings | 2017

The post I’ve been putting off for far too long now — our 2017 Christmas festivities/traditions that I’m affectionately calling Christmas Extravaganza because it’s going to be a monster of a post (because…. pictures!!).

You can see us putting our tree up here and the girls in their Christmas dresses here (you don’t want to miss that one – these girls are adorable!!).

But the parts that you haven’t seen are….

Making Christmas cookies!  Peyton was struggling with not licking her fingers (because she’s 2.5 and all the icing and crumbs go straight to her mouth!) so we put her in charge of the sprinkles.  And she loved it!  Sloane got to icing her first cookie this year – what a sweetie, trying to steal a lick!

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Christmas Dresses

The girls in their Christmas dresses.  Peyton was obsessed with hers.  She actually asks to wear it almost every day – it’s adorable!  Sloane just looks like the cutest little baby doll in her dress – I love the red on her!

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Trimming the Tree

The Saturday after Thanksgiving, after family headed back home to Indiana, we put up our tree.  Peyton was so excited to help.  She was digging into the box of ornaments faster than Forest and I could keep up with her.  She tried to help with the lights too – you’ll see a picture below – and it was the cutest thing seeing how proud she was of her handiwork.  My favorite part of our tree is the personal ornaments – vacations or homemade ones and ones that show our growing family.

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Christmas Extravaganza | 2016

The post I’ve been putting off for far too long now — our 2016 Christmas festivities/traditions that I’m affectionately calling Christmas Extravaganza because it’s going to be a monster of a post (because…. pictures!!).

We’ll start with our visit to Santa this year.  Peyton was excited to see Santa while we were standing in line.  She would wave and say ‘ho ho ho’.  But when I walked away after plopping her on Santa’s lap, she quit being a fan of the man in red.  So while we didn’t get as cute of a picture as last year, we do it for the memory.  And let’s be honest, how cute is she in her Christmas dress?!

Next on the list was NEW for 2016!  A friend of ours told us about a house in our area that had extreme Christmas lights so we bundled up one night after dinner for the 3 minute drive to see Christmas lights and holy wow!  There were *huge* inflatables (literally as tall as the 2-story house!) and lights covering every square inch of their property.  Peyton couldn’t figure out where to look but it was impressive!

^the extra large Rudolph + Santa sleigh!

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O Christmas Tree | 2016

We put our tree up on Sunday after Thanksgiving.  It’s always one of my favorite days, putting up the tree!  We had already decorated the den a little bit (because we did Johnson family pictures in front of the fireplace) but we worked on the tree and the outside lights on Sunday.

Peyton had a lot of fun bringing the ornaments that Forest gave her over to me at the tree and we would try to put them on together.  I’ve been a broken record since Sunday saying “no no.  We look but don’t touch.  Put that back on the tree please.”  The only thing low enough for her to grab is plastic candy canes but she gets them anytime I turn my back!

trimming the tree

trimming the tree

trimming the tree

trimming the tree

trimming the tree

trimming the tree

trimming the tree

^Peyton was using a plastic toy Santa as a camera remote. :)

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trimming the tree

Until next time — Cindy

Indiana Christmas Vacation

We spent the last week of 2015 in Indiana – visiting, meeting, hugging, relaxing, Christmas-ing, and surprise party-ing.

We started our 2-day journey the day after Christmas.  We drove 6 hours from our house to the Pennsylvania/Ohio line and unloaded all the bags and things we would need (in the pouring rain…).  Peyton and Indie both did really good overnight.  Peyton might have fussed once in the middle of the night and Indie only growled at a noise once or twice.

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Christmas Day [2015]

And I’m back for round II today to share pictures from our Christmas Day!  Christmas was so fun with Peyton this year!  At only 6.5 months we weren’t sure how involved she would be (and truthfully she didn’t know what the heck was going on!) but she ripped wrapping paper off of gifts and played with her toys so I’d say she had a great first Christmas!  We set up the camera on the tripod across the living room and every once in awhile I’d hop over to hit the shutter to start the 10 second timer.

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showing off our gifts while the baby tries to eat wrapping paper!

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tradition:

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best picture we could get in her ‘my first Christmas’ shirt:

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while the baby naps…

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mommy takes pictures!

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family picture (Indie was too busy with her new toy):

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love that she loves her toy camera:

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dinner cooked by Forest:

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Until next time — Cindy

*All images are original to A View from the Shore