Thursday, December 30, 2010

Christmas & Suffocation

It seems like suffocation sets in a lot lately... before December even started, I had the suffocated feeling that Christmas was almost here and I had a million things to do to get ready. Ruby and I had to tell myself to relax. And then about December 15th rolled around I lost all desire to finish any Christmas projects because I figured why spend the time when Christmas was pretty much here? Lower expectations. Then Christmas flew by and now it's not quite January (but pretty darn close!) and I again the suffocation of knowing that my house is in disarray, I need to take all my Christmas down, and the baby is coming, I'm not ready and I really really really really want my house to be neat and organized before I become a sleep deprived crazy person for 3 months. Someone should just take me out of my (and your) misery by really stuffing a bag over my head! :)

 But enough about that... here's a Warner Christmas 2010 review:

 Ruby carefully decorating her very own Christmas tree! She is very precise about making everything as fancy as possible.

 She has loved laying next to it to snuggle. She also plugs or unplugs her lights about 5 times a day.

Ruby getting all of Grandma Warner's holiday stuffed animals ready for Christmas by dressing them up with reindeer antlers.

Reading stories with Grandma Warner and her posse 

Behold, the ornament wreath in all her glory!
 My favorite Christmas project (that I actually completed)

It was time consuming, super glittery mess, I burned my fingers on the glue gun so many times (what, am I twelve?) but it was all worth it in the end. Nothing like some Christmas bedazzle to hang on the door.

Ruby in her Christmas dress (not a very good shot...)

Christmas dish towel collection:
Christmas dish towels green polka dot

Christmas dish towels red polka dot

 Christmas dish towels trees
Ruby's first snowman! Christmas Eve 2010

 Ruby giving Snowman hugs and "marrying him"

 So cute
Nick took the architecture route and built a snow archway. Don't worry, the ladder and blankets still there. Frozen to the archway. Looks real classy. :)

More Snowman hugs

 Holding Snowman's hands

Cute little Snowman
Ruby in her snuggly Christmas Eve Pajamas and Elmo slippers with Aunt Mattie, who has the grown up footie jammies too! :)

So silly

Ruby playing with the Disney Princess Tea Set Aunt Lexie gave her. As she was opening it, she kept yelling progressively louder, "yes...Yes...YEs...YES!!!"

Busy making sure everyone's hot chocolate is poured just right
 Christmas morning when Ruby woke up, she immediately asked, "Is Santa here? I want him to hold me." She was super disappointed to hear that he came while she was sleeping and that he wouldn't be able to hold her this year.

Ruby's vacuum from Santa

 Santa's ultimate gift (that she had specifically asked him for): a Cinderella dress! (Please excuse me in the picture. This is the only semi-good shot I got of her and the dress! :) ) Notice the copious amounts of chapstick on Ruby's face. She has to be fancy at all times.

 Christmas night we went to dinner at some friends' house and she found their Santa apron and hat. She was in heaven.

 Being Santa can be a very serious thing, you know.

Christmas may be over, but Ruby is still obsessed with the Christmas story and loves being Mary and wrapping her baby (Jesus) up in swaddling clothes and lying him in the manger (our shower). Then she proceeds to go throughout the house to gather gifts that the wise men can bring to Baby Jesus.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Leavenworth & Sledding

My dearest cousin, Martha, moved to Seattle this fall (hallelujah!) and so we've been able to spend some time together! She and her husband Adam and her cute 18-month-old little girl, Sienna, came to visit us this weekend. The night they arrived we we went to Leavenworth to see the lights and the next day we took the girls sledding. It was classic. So much fun. Here are some of my favorite moments:

 Martha, Sienna, Adam

 Pregnant woman with her leg propped up, Nick and Ruby

 Some of the Leavenworth shop lights
 Gazebo lights

 Let the sledding fun begin!
I love how Ruby looks all bundled up in her snow clothes!

Adam & Sienna going down the hill

 Matching girls!
Ruby & Sienna going down on the sled together

Ruby & Sienna holding on to eachother
 Ruby found two huge snowballs that were her "friends" and she insisted that Daddy put them on her sled to go down the hill with her. Cracked us up!

 Made it to the bottom of the hill

Now snowball friend #1 and snowball friend #2 aren't lonely. They have each other at the bottom of the hill.