Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas 2014

Christmas came and went extremely fast this year!  I spend months prepping and buying and it's all over in a few weeks.  We put the tree up after Thanksgiving, but due to us being out of town for two weeks, we left it up until mid-January so we could enjoy it.  This year, we bought a new tree (7.5ft) and I was very happy with it.  I could fit all of the ornaments on it, with plenty of space to spare.  This was also the first year we had furniture in the living room, so it more cozy.

 I couldn't keep Izzie away from the tree if I tried.  I put most of our indestructible ornaments towards the bottom, but she was pretty good about keeping her hands off (after enough warnings).

Brady always loves the tree as well.  He loves pointing out all the ornaments that are his and he has collected over the years. 

As always, Santa came to our house early because we aren't home on Christmas Day.  As per tradition, the kids went outside to throw magic reindeer food to bring the reindeer to our house. 

 Time to put out cookies, carrots, and milk!

 Izzie took a seat next to the plate and decided to eat the carrots.  She liked dunking them in the milk too (I think she thought it was ranch).

 She had the right idea that the carrots were for the reindeer.  She started feeding her Clarice the carrots she had already partially munched upon.

 Brady loving on Rudolph.

 Izzie's "cheese" face.

 Coming down in the morning.  Izzie bumped her head on the gate prior to coming down, so she wasn't so happy.

 The only item Brady asked Santa for this year was the Paw Patrol tent.  Guess Santa was listening ;)

 Chase and Skye from Paw Patrol were waiting for him in his stocking.

 Izzie got Minimus from Sofia the First in her stocking.

Showing off her slippers. 

Overall it was a very good Christmas for the kids.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Christmas Portraits 2014

We took our annual Christmas portraits in mid-November, but as always, it's crazy busy around here, so I'm just getting around to putting them up.  My mom had bought Izzie's dress last year and also bought this year's dress last year as well.  Since it matched well with the lines Gymboree had out last year, I was able to snatch up Brady's whole outfit on sale with coupons, spending less than $20 for the sweater and pants.  She has already purchased Izzie's dress for next year, which again lines up with Gymboree's lines for this year, so Brady already has all of his pieces for next year as well.  Gymboree also has adult clothes for Christmas to match their lines, so Andy got a coordinating sweater for next year as well.  I only have to get my outfit, but I've already found one I love ;)

 Izzie is almost impossible to photograph these days as she wants to be everywhere!  We were lucky we got a few where she was sitting and most of the time they were snapped as she was getting ready to get up and move!

 Getting her still and smiling was impossible.

 Brady on the other hand, did great!

 The only one we have of her smiling is due to Andy lifting her up in the chair and flying her around.  The minute he'd put her down, she run, so you can see his arm behind here.  It's better than nothing.

 Pajama pictures.

 Izzie's weren't exactly pj's but I couldn't resist the cute casual outfit.

A comparison of the kids, both around 20 months old.