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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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. :)

trimming the tree

trimming the tree

trimming the tree

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

Christmas Eve [2015]

Starting this post with a great big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my mom aka Gramma (to Peyton)!  We love you so very much and wish you a day full of love!

And now for pictures from our Christmas Eve.

Complete with a photo session in her Christmas dress since we couldn’t go to Christmas Eve service at church (she had bronchitis):

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Christmas Eve gift from Grampa & Gramma:

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Opening our family Christmas Eve gift:

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And family pictures in our PJs:

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aaaaand cuddles before bedtime:

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Until next time (which will be later today to share Christmas Day pictures!!) — Cindy

*All images are original to A View from the Shore

Christmas 2014

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^16 week bump :)

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Christmas morning –

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Christmas was quiet this year for us.  Last year we had my parents here until a few days before Christmas so it was fun celebrating with them.  This year we stayed home and didn’t have any family visiting.  But it was a wonderful day!

Forest asked me what my favorite gift was and, since he forced me to answer, I chose Lightroom for editing my pictures.  I think they FitBit came in a very close second though.  Or the hoodie… I seriously can’t decide!  And Forest said his favorite gift this year was, surprisingly, the lamp I got him for his nightstand.  It’s the little things with that guy, I tell ya.

Indie received her fair share of toys and treats.  She had torn apart at least 3 before the day was over but she would run from one end of the house to the other with a different toy in her mouth each time.  Adorable.

We had yummy cinnamon rolls for breakfast.  We chatted/FaceTimed with Forest’s family and opened all the gifts we had exchanged and a little later we chatted with my family.  It was so fun to see Chansler opening gifts.  He was was much more interested in the wrapping paper and boxes than the toys but he was adorable none-the-less, especially in his Christmas outfit!

We made a roast for dinner (which we turned the leftovers into cheese steaks the next day) and the house smelled so good all day while it was cooking in the crock pot.

On Christmas Eve we opened our “family gifts” (two new games – Bananagrams from me and Linkee from Forest) but didn’t get a chance to play them that night.  So we played both games on Christmas evening. I really hate typing this but Forest won all of the games… I was thiiiiiis close to winning Bananagrams a couple times but always fell short.  Forest was actually skeptical about Bananagrams but he’s pretty much addicted to it now.  So fun!

Christmas was wonderful and we hope yours was too!

Until next time — Cindy