Thursday, December 28, 2006

Mission Accomplished

Well, it's official. The pacifiers are all gone. Thanks, Santa. Lydia loaded them up in her stocking on Christmas Eve with Madeline's help. In return, Santa brought her a Dora the Explorer toddler bed (along with just a few other items for her and Madeline). Madeline is most excited about her Baby Alive doll that Santa brought and has been doing lots of feeding and diapering. Yes, she really pees and poops!
And here is a picture of Lydia stealing the show at the Christmas Eve service. She's dressed as an angel and the closing song was Angels We Have Heard On High. What's interesting about this is that just minutes before the service, she was having a tremendous fit....nothing or nobody could make her happy. But when it was showtime, she changed her tune and cooperated, walking up to the front of the church with Madeline and me. David was a wise man. When it was time for us to sit down, she decided she liked it better on stage. Go figure.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Twas the night before Christmas......


..........and there was soooooo much excitement in this house. They're asleep now and I know they'll be so excited tomorrow. Merry Christmas everyone!

Monday, December 18, 2006

Child Labor?

With the unseasonably warm weather on Sunday, David took advantage of it and did some much needed yard work. He also took advantage of his very energetic helpers and put them to work.
Here are the girls at the Smithfield Christmas Parade.
And here is Little Red Riding Hood..........(Madeline was Lydia's stylist for this costume). Tonight they were running around the house just squealing. When I finally caught a glimpse, Madeline was Santa and Lydia was the sole reindeer. Unfortunately, they switched their imaginative gears before I could snap a picture. They are really getting excited about Christmas. Madeline is really grasping that it's only a few days away. Tomorrow should be fun. We've got lots of cupcakes to bake for two parties on Wednesday.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

What We've Been Up To

The Meadow Lights......I think we've now started a Christmas tradition of visiting the Meadow Lights after the preschool Christmas program. The girls loved it....especially the train ride.
Holiday Baking.....here are my little kitchen helpers.
And my kitchen beggar!
Singing............... Madeline sang her little heart out at her preschool Christmas program.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Princesses

These two princesses went to see the Disney Princesses on Ice on Sunday. It was a huge hit.
Madeline was very attentive, taking every bit of it in.....she was especially fascinated by Ursula, the sea witch (from Little Mermaid) and the "mean witch" (Maleficent) from Sleeping Beauty.
Lydia was attentive, as well....and had no problem multi-tasking (eating popcorn and watching the show).

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Santa



We had breakfast with Santa at church on Saturday. Both girls talked to him and Madeline made sure he knew all the things on her and Lydia's wish list. We then made a gingerbread house. Madeline was really into it, since she just loves arts and crafts. Lydia was literally "into" it .....as she kept taking the candy off of the house and eating it and licking all the icing. It was like taking two steps forward and ten steps back. Finally, David took her elsewhere and kept her distracted long enough for me and Madeline to finish it. It was a challenge, but it was fun.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

It's Beginning to Look Alot Like Christmas

We've been busy, busy. But that hasn't slowed these two down one bit. The calendar is full of things to do and places to go. Madeline keeps asking how much longer 'til Christmas. I guess it seems like forever to her, but will be too soon for Lydia when she realizes the pacis will be gone. We've been telling her that Santa is going to take her pacis and trade them out for toys. We hope it works as well with her as it did Madeline. I think she's planning on keeping a few planted in various places. Their excitement is building. Believe it or not, we managed to put some gifts under the tree last night and so far, so good. I think it helped that I let the girls take turns putting them under the tree(while preaching and quizzing the entire time about waiting 'til Christmas to open them). I snapped these pictures Sunday morning before church. Thanks, Grandma for the cute dresses!
Madeline actually enjoys having her picture taken and is very cooperative.
Lydia, on the other hand, is not as cooperative. So I take what I can get.