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December 30, 2008

that's good nog, mike

Mike came out for a visit today.

While Todd and Mike were "digging it," Audrey and I had lunch with Sara, Jack and Emma.

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December 28, 2008

packages and ribbon and dada and birthday

Todd turned 36 today! He started his day with birthday hugs from Audrey and french toast made with love.

One of the books Todd received is almost as big as Audrey.

On the way to lunch

Birthday lunch with Erinn and Kieran

Erinn and Kieran babysat(!) Audrey so Todd and I could see a movie. Afterwards we had cake and ice cream.

To finish the day we went to a big light display at a nearby park, as we did last year.

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December 26, 2008

bag of salt

Today we had the last of our holiday gatherings with aunt Rickie and cousins Imani, Jeffery and Jaila while uncle Jeff was off making his basketball team practice.

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December 25, 2008

baby, it's cold outside

Audrey played in the snow (really it was mostly ice) for the first time this winter today. It was nothing like her snow experience last year.

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merry christmas

We had a delightful day with no commitments and nowhere to go. Audrey got some new toys, her favorite probably either the Mr. Potatohead or the flashlight.

I learned that a two year old can not be trusted with gift details. I got Todd a rc helicopter last week and told Audrey about it. That night she asked Todd where the helicopter was. Surprise!

Todd got some flying in while Audrey napped.

Last night we went to my extended family gathering. Jenna let Audrey borrow some of her fancy gear to wear while opening her new dollhouse.

Cousins Julie and Mackenzie spent a lot of time playing with Audrey and read her and Ethan books.

When we got home Audrey put out her stocking. The idea that Santa may be in the house while she was sleeping freaked her out a bit, even if it was to bring her presents.

Congratulations to my cousin Michelle who had a baby boy today!

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December 24, 2008

here comes santa claus

Merry Christmas!

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December 22, 2008

holiday gatherings

We got together with both sides of the family this weekend. First it was to Channamom's house on Saturday.

Audrey and Channamom with matching fashionable bows.

Why didn't we think to get Audrey a drill? She loved the one that Seth got.

On Sunday Erinn and Kieran hosted their first family holiday party as a married couple.
Audrey sharing Nana's excitement about her new Griddler.

Papa showing Audrey how to work her new PDA.

Unfortunately holiday mood lighting and our inability to figure out how to properly use the flash on our camera left us with very few useable pictures.

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December 18, 2008

mango break

Today when Audrey and I met Amber and Brylen to walk I remembered to bring my camera and was able to capture the cuteness.

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December 14, 2008

holiday playdate

Saturday Audrey had a playdate with all of those crazy boys she gets together with every month or so. The gathering was a holiday party with a gift exchange.

Audrey received "my first beauty bag" that includes the curlers in her hair here, a brush that she is loving to use on her own and Natasha's hair, curling iron and hair dryer. It is pretty funny to see her using all of these items.

Today we started putting up our tree. So far the lights are on. Audrey was helpful and I think is looking forward to putting on ornaments.

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December 11, 2008

sickies out

Coffee and important phone calls with child-less Sara the other morning.

Today Audrey and I met up with Amber and Brylen even though it took quite a bit of convincing to get Audrey out the door. The girls were so cute. Besides Brylen's usual feeding of snacks to Audrey, they held hands and ran together squealing with joy for a long time. Alas, I did not have my camera.

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December 09, 2008

birthday brunch

We invited immediate family over to celebrate Audrey's birthday on Sunday.

Uncle Jeff, cousin Jeffery and Papa

Grandma Channamom and John

Aunt Erika, uncle Kurt and cousin Seth

Nana, Aunt Erinn, Papa and uncle Kieran

Audrey tried to teach Seth ring around the rosie.

Learning about static and balloons. This party was fun and educational.

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December 08, 2008

how old is Audrey?

Audrey is getting the hang of this being two thing.

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December 04, 2008

two years!

Audrey turned two today! Where has this year gone? Audrey has grown from baby into little girl right before our eyes. Almost every day we notice things clicking in that brain of hers. Family, friends, even strangers are always impressed by Audrey's grasp of grammar, clear speech and use of full sentences.

Though the struggle for independence has already started (why is what she wears so important it has to be a struggle?), Audrey is silly, sweet and caring. She gets sad when she she hears other children cry. At breakfast this morning Audrey was telling the pancakes "happy birthday."

We celebrated Audrey's birthday by taking her to the bouncy place near our house.

Amber and Brylen met us there.

Audrey loved jumping at her gymnastics class so we hoped she would like this just as much. Todd was way more freaked out by this huge slide than Audrey was.

Amber and Brylen came over for lunch and cupcakes afterwards. Audrey's new doll stroller was a big hit and was a bit hard for her to share.

Cupcakes with candles. It seems Audrey has gotten over the fear of fire we accidentally instilled at Halloween.

We don't know how another year could possibly have flown by so quickly, but it has been an amazing year. Happy birthday, we love you Audrey!

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two year portraits

What a difference a year makes. Happy birthday, sweet girl!

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December 01, 2008

Scared of Santa. Again.

As you may recall, the girl had no fondness for a certain jolly old elf last year, so we've been working the past few weeks on making a trip to Santa sound fun. Little by little she started to warm up to the idea. She does a great "ho, ho, ho!" She tells us about how kids like Santa. She's been talking about how Pips the cat liked Santa (there's a picture of her and Santa on our fridge). But whenever we mentioned seeing him her voice would get all high and she would plead "no see Santa!" Until a few days ago, then she started talking about how she wanted to see him. When asked what she would say when she met him, she told us in a sing-song voice "Happy Birthday, Santa Claus." She was still saying it this morning and even insisted on wearing her Santa hat. But the story changed as soon as she got a look at him, her eyes were filled with absolute terror. We gave her some time to calm down, but she still refused to go within 15 feet of him. There's still plenty of time left in the month, but I'm beginning to think this is as close as we're going to get to a picture of Audrey and Santa this year.

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