Alright...here we go. There were so many pictures, choosing was impossible.
Here we have Noelle's little Christmas program at school with Mrs. Andrea. The kids were fantastic. Noelle was so very, very excited to see me and kept pointing and telling everyone I was her Mommy and Madeleine was her sister. Here's to hoping she always feels that way. :) They sang some really cute songs but the most popular, by far, was jingle bells because they got to make, wear, and jingle their bracelets. Then they got to open their gift from Mrs. Andrea.
Next, was our Ward party. It was awesome. So much work went into it!
My very, very, very part was when Noelle, Carly & Sean welcomed the Jolly Man himself with their version of "Here Come Santa Clause." Hilarious & precious.
We had a jammie Christmas with Auntie & Unc. We ordered Chinese food, wore jammies and opened presents. Poor Aaron did not get a chance to change after work. Noelle was so considerate and made sure every got turns opening presents. Little Miss M was a great present opener for her age. She just ripped that paper right off. She totally picks up on the moods around her, when things are exciting and festive, so is she. It was a very special night.
Now we are on to our million mile trip! Noelle truly is the perfect car child. You never hear a single complaint out of her. She loves it, never even asks to go potty! Madeleine on the other hand, had some rough spots. The worst part? She gets car sick, too. I let her eat chips because it was keeping busy. A while later, she barfed. Everywhere. And her suitcase was at the very bottom of an enormous pile in the back. Bad. Very bad. Before we made it back home to CA she would repeat her her episodes a few more times. Bad. Very Bad.
We stopped in Springville, UT to stay the Leuck's for the night. We had a great time! The girls played and the adults talked. They were fantastic hosts. In the morning we ground wheat for our waffles...the best I've ever had! My only complaint? We had to leave. :(
Christmas jammies the night before and Christmas Morning! Oh, what a joy it is to see the magic through your babies' eyes. Noelle was amazing. She got the pink bike she has wanted (well, not the exact $220 bike) but she hasn't noticed the difference. We had a great time together, our little family.
After we got showered and had breakfast 3 of Aaron's sisters came over with their families and we opened presents. It took hours!!!!! But, the kids got all kinds of fun things and they were over the moon.
Noelle's birthday! My sweet girl had a fantastic day. I had come down with the flu and was feeling horrible but nothing was going to stop me from being with her. Outside it was snowing like crazy but we went to Aunt's Nicole's condo and swam in the indoor pool. On the way home we got lunch and drinks from the Sonic. Love those drinks!
Once at home, I hit the bed for a couple hours trying to gather some strength. Then we went to The Rex (movie theater, arcade, bowling, bounce house, pizza, ice cream all rolled into one) for a bouncing good time! And a GOOD time it was.
I forgot my Cupcake pan at home and almost cried because I was so disappointed. So, the night before I somehow got some cupcakes made. They got smooshed in the box but considering were pretty cute.
All in all it was a birthday almost any girl would die to have. She absolutely deserves all of it and so much more.
While I was a miserable mess in bed, Nicole took these pictures of my sweet baby. She was playing one minute and asleep on the floor the next!
The snow was gorgeous! As we were packing up the car I snapped a few pictures.