Saturday, December 15, 2012

Happy Birthday to our beautiful Bella!

Dear Bella, 
You are a sweet little 3 year old angel!  This year you've learned so much!  You are sweet and beautiful with a demanding, whining side to you!  Either way, I love you with all my heart.  You LOVE your mama!  When we are home together, you want to be in the same room with me or in my lap.  On the days that I work at St.Vincents and don't get home until 8:15, daddy lets you stay up and wait for me.  We lay under your star light, read a bed time book, say our prayers, give BIG hugs and little hugs. Your favorite books right now are Someday, The Very Hungary Caterpillar, and Brown Bear, Brown Bear. Pretty soon, I'll be able to share every evening at home.  I'm excited about that!  I love you and your sister with everything that I am.  Whole-heartedly, unconditionally.  You love your sister too! It's precious to see the two of you playing and giggling together.  I know there will be a time when the two of you get on one another's nerves, but for now, you both light up when you see one another.  Which makes my heart melt.  I am trying so hard to savor these sweet, young days.  I know I can't stop time, but I try to purposefully breath in deep when I hold you tight, to tickle you just to see your beautiful smile and look your in the eyes to see them sparkle.  

Happy Birthday. I love you.

We celebrated Bella's 3rd birthday last weekend.  We had a Winter Wonderland birthday party.  Bella had lots of fun!
Nana is excited! 
Mimi with the Birthday Girl!
Rylee catching the bubbles
Lucy & MawMaw Crowe
The kiddos had fun painting snowflake ornaments.
Lucy did a little face painting.
 So........our family has this silly tradition when it comes to the birthday song.  We all sing LOUD, off key, crazy!  It's really funny.  It's "our version" of Happy Birthday.  But I think it scared Bella a bit...she will learn.
(Here's a glance at Bella's 2nd Birthday last year.)

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Update on our family Christmas Basket

The 1st week of our Christmas basket has been so much fun.  It took a few days for Bella to remember to check it.  I would have to prompt her that it was time to check out what fun this we get to do.
The 1st day had us eating breakfast with Santa.  Right after she opened the envelope telling of what our 1st day's adventure was, I received this big hug!
Daddy stayed home with Sleeping Beauty~Lucy.  Aunt KK meet us there & joined in on pancakes and Santa.

December 2nd: Mail a letter to Santa:
December 3rd: Decorate the girls' mini Christmas tree.
December 4: Christmas Parade
Rylee & Lulu
Waving to Santa
my precious babies!
December 5: Christmas books
 December 6: Spend the night with Mimi & Pops
Lucy was sick, so she stayed home & missed out on the fun. Mimi had planned on watching Polar Express, but Bella insisted on Lion King for a little bit then ended up liking the Polar Express.  Mimi said she took a LONG bath and slept well in these snowmen sheets.
December 7: more Christmas books by the Christmas tree
December 8: Spend the night with Nana & Papa
Lucy was still sick, so she stayed home with us while Bella got an unusual amount of one-on-one time this week!  Her, Nana & Papa made goodies to take to the neighbors. I'm sure Bella loved the ride on "Papa's sleigh" aka four-wheeler & wagon adorned with it!!!
December 9: Bella's birthday party to follow...

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