Friday, December 31, 2010

Christmas in Ellensburg

Christmas Eve night we drove home from Gig Harbor so we could have Christmas in our new home and have our first Christmas morning together as a family of three. Makenna had so many other opportunities to open gifts that we thought it would be fun to have everything open and ready for her to play with when she got up Christmas morning.
We sat her on the opposite side of the living room with her back turned to her new toys. She turned around and this is her face as she squealed in excitement and crawled as fast as she possibly could to get to her new things.
Her little people farm was a hit!
Of course no new toy is properly broken in until it has been tasted.
She loves her new lap top.
And her quiet Noah's Ark toy. Perfect for church.
Thank you Great Aunt Leslie for the adorable teddy bear. She loves to snuggle with it.
After we had some great family time at home we headed over to my parents. We ate breakfast and opened gifts. She loves her little stuffed puppy from Uncle Gump.
And her little people farm accessories from Uncle Mitch.
She got her first baby doll. It even shakes and giggles.
The cutest gift ever, a Tutu!
A new book from Great Aunt Tammy and Uncle Randy. Thank you! She loves being read to!
Showing off her new toys to Nana.
Tutu buns!
Reading the night before Christmas with Papa Steve.
Thank you Mom and Dad for everything we had a great Christmas day with you!
We can't believe that Makenna is old enough that she has had her first Christmas already. Less than one month to her first birthday. 2010 has been the best year we have had so far. We had so many changes and wonderful blessings happen to us this year. Happy New Year everyone! I can't wait to see what 2011 has in store for our family.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Christmas in Gig Harbor

On the 23rd we went to Gig Harbor to have Christmas with Nick's family. We had a great time! Makenna made a hall with gifts! She had so much fun playing with the kids and of course Grandma and Grandpa. To make sure she had plenty of things to play with Sherrie and Amie got out the bins with the kids old toys. I'm not sure if it was more fun for Makenna or for the kids to have their old toys back.
She is getting pretty creative with her mobility. She doesn't have walking on her own more then a few steps at a time quite figured out so she uses garbage cans, laundry baskets and apparently a little tykes race track to get herself where she wants to go. She is so silly!
She has a new play yard/portable crib at Grandma and Grandpa's house now so we had to test it out.
On Christmas eve we opened presents. The first present she opened was her new cell phone. She loves her phone and takes it just about everywhere with her around the house.
She also got a ride along pony, it makes music and horse noises. She hasn't figured out how to push it herself but she loves being pushed around on it. I think this picture is hysterical. Nick just placed the pony next to her and she put her hand up there and made this goofy face. Such a poser!
Enjoying her new phone with Daddy.
We can't forget the books she got.
Playing with Uncle Taylor.
and Grandma Sherrie.
Auntie Kristin came to play too. Makenna LOVES her!
Playing the piano with Uncle Brook.
Auntie Amie is the best!
Reading books with Grandpa Larry
We can't forget pictures in our Christmas pj's. Every year the "Elves" bring all of us jammies for Christmas that we open on Christmas eve. Not the best picture but we did get a picture of the pj's.
Thank you Sabin clan for everything! We had wonderful time with you and we wish we could have stayed longer. We can't wait to see you this weekend!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

What we have been up to

We have been soooo busy! The beginning of this month we moved to a new place. I'll post pictures of our new home soon. We really love our new place, we have three bedrooms, a big backyard, 2 bathrooms and a washer and dryer in our home. I know its silly but it feels like such a luxury to have a washer and dryer in our place after using a laundromat for the past year and a half. The other thing that has occupied every other minute of my time after moving and unpacking is making Christmas outfits for my favorite little people. The idea of doing this huge project 3 dresses, 3 panties, 2 ties and 2 vests was much easier said then done. I finished Jared's vest around two in the morning today and took it to their house before church. Silly me for not thinking about adding length to this vest for one very long bodied little boy, because it was at least three inches too short. I was a little disappointed but luckily the vests are a piece of cake compared to the dresses and I have extra fabric so he will be getting a new vest soon. He did get to wear his new tie though, and they had a vest that still fit from last year that he got to wear with the tie instead. The hours, tears, money, late hours and frustration paid off today when I saw all of the kids in their Christmas outfits at church. The kids all looked so beautiful!
Here is what the finished dresses and panties look like.
The finished vests
All of the kids dressed up with my parents. Don't they look fantastic?
and introducing the newest member of our family, our sweet little niece Carys Morgan. She was born Nov 1st and is so sweet and perfect.
The Sabin's
The Rhodes
The Densley's
Nana and Papa
and just because she's cute.
I am so thankful my mom knew how important it was to teach me how to sew as a little girl and I was able to do this as a Christmas gift for all of these kids. I will definitely sew things for them again but I won't be doing it on such a large scale next time! Maybe I'll make tie blankets next year. They are easy. ;o)