Thursday, January 7, 2010

Christmas 2009 Recap...

For Christmas we spent two weeks in California with our families.  We had a great time while we were there and had some beautiful weather (unlike the frigid 20 degree temps and snow we left at home).  We are so lucky to have such great families.  Our munchkins were completely spoiled and always had a willing audience to dazzle with their cuteness.  Ella sure has her many uncle's and grandpa's wrapped around her little finger.  We spent some time at the beach, which Ella and Roxy absolutely loved, I got to go with my MIL and SIL's to get a manicure and pedicure, which is always wonderful - thanks again Mary, Ella got to do lots of playing with her cousins and we were able to get in a lot of visiting time.  The major downfall of a trip that long is that our kids don't really like to sleep anywhere other than their beds so they always end up sleeping with us while waking up several times a night.  So it's sort of difficult to go two weeks with minimal sleep in someone else's home while staying totally with it, but we managed to do it and have a great time.  We were of course very happy to get home to our own beds though.  Here are several of my favorite pics from our trip.  Of course this is just a very small sampling, but I figured I couldn't post hundreds of photos.  Enjoy!

Ella loved the dog beach.  This quickly led to a good soaking.

She didn't seem to mind too much though.

I think Ella shares her daddy's love of the beach.

And so did Roxy!

I have to admit that even I love the beach in the winter time.  It's so beautiful.  Can you see Ella Bella eyeing that water like a crazy person?

We spent Christmas Eve with my family this year and both munchkins were completely spoiled by their aunts, uncles, grandma and grandpa.

Cameron knew exactly what to do.

It was fun to see Ella get into it this year.  Last year she wasn't to interested.

Christmas morning.  Again the kids were completely spoiled.  We were so lucky that Uncle Zach had his car and could bring stuff home for us.

Cameron and Uncle Zach.  Showing off his new shoes.  What a handsome little dude he is.

Ella sporting her new shoes.  Thanks again Uncle Zach and Uncle Mose for the sweet vans.

Cameron loved the tree.  Don't worry he was being supervised while doing this. :)

The munchkins with their cousins.
Landon, Ella, Cameron and Dublin

My sisters and I on New Years Eve.
Aubrey, Brittany, Me, Courtney and Caitlin


  1. I love all the pictures! Glad you guys had fun while you were here... we enjoyed seeing you all (mainly the kids) can't wait to see you all again!!

  2. cute pictures! I just wish we could see you guys more, Dublin is having Ella withdrawls lol.

  3. That picture of Cameron under the tree is hilarious! And your beach shots were gorgeous. This is why you are my new photographer! So... when should we play?

  4. Man! You guys have cute kids! I've been wanting to go to the beach for a couple of months. I think we'll just have to budget that in next month!

  5. Looks like everyone had a great time...LOVE the BEACH pics!
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!


  6. What a fun Christmas! I'm dying to visit the beach (let me clarify, California beach). It's fun seeing all you girls together. Makes me homesick and youthsick. :)


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