Saturday, January 1, 2011

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

We spent Christmas with my parents, Evie's Grandma and Grandpa, and my brother and his family--including new twin nephews! It was a wonderful trip despite the long travel time to Washington D.C. I had fun holding 3-month-olds again and enjoyed changing poopy diapers and getting spit up least for a few days.

Here is one of my new favorite pictures, of Evie with one of her twin cousins:
Here are Evie and her cousin C before Christmas Eve church:
Christmas morning, playing with her Uncle D's squishy rat (a stocking stuffer) which looks like a rubber rat until you throw it on the floor and it turns into a puddle of goo before it pops back into its original shape. Of course, Evie was more fascinated with this than with her own stocking stuffers:
Evie and her cousins in front of the tree before gift opening on Christmas morning:
Evie received a new cowboy hat and boots from her Grandma and Grandpa, but since her rocking horse and stick pony were left at home, she had to make do with a decorative rocking horse as her steed:
Evie also received some dress-up masks; a mouse, duck, bunny and an elephant:
On the 23rd, Evie tripped outside and face planted, scraping up her nose (she was our Rudolph for the holiday). On Christmas she scratched her scab and started it bleeding again, which makes for a fun family portrait...Evie with her Dora bandage, squinting at the camera flash! Here she is with my parents and her 3 cousins:
Rudolph (she LOVED having that bandage on her nose):
I love how the good light in this playroom (at my friend Jen's house) brings out the blue in Evie's eyes:
Ready for bed, the night before we left to drive home, wearing her new "princess" nightgown and holding Grandpa's stuffed armadillo, which she slept with that night:
It is humbling to learn about the real meaning of Christmas from your toddler. On Christmas Eve the church we attended had a living nativity and Evie spent a full five minutes staring at the youth group dressed up in pageant costumes, Mary holding a very fake-looking baby doll (and no live animals). She didn't want to go home because she was so fascinated by the pubescent wise men and the shepherds carrying stuffed animal sheep. I tried to lure her away with the promise of one gift from under the tree before bedtime, but she responded "no, I don't want a present. I just wanna look at the nativity." From the mouths of babes.

Our family has been richly blessed this year and we look forward to what 2011 will bring. We hope that our family will include a second baby by next Christmas, but after the joy of adopting Evie we feel content to wait patiently for God's will. It is SO different this time; we both feel peace and hope instead of anxiety and pessimism.

My resolution for 2011 is to put myself first more often, knowing that a mom who gets enough sleep, exercises regularly, has a strong marriage, spends time with friends and studies the Bible daily is a better mom than one who is sleep-deprived, weak, stressed, lonely and ultimately depressed because she has put everyone else's needs in front of her own. I remember getting that same advice from magazines and friends before I was a mom, but some lessons we need to learn from experience before they really stick.

Happy 2011 everyone!


  1. I adore the cowgirl-on-a-very-tiny-pony picture, especially the look of irritation and surprise on Evie's face. Wishing you all the happiest of New Years!

  2. Your parents look so happy with their brood of grandchildren! Very sweet.

  3. Happy New Year! Evie is such a big girl now! I love her elephant mask.

    Wishing you a restful, healthy and fulfilling 2011!

  4. Happy Happy New Year! I'm so glad you were able all be together despite the horrible weather around the holidays. Miss Evie is a stunner (even with her scraped up face)!

    I was just thinking that waiting for Baby #2 must be a vastly different experience from waiting for the first.


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