Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Whitneys 1st Birthday!

Yesterday was Whitneys 1st Birthday! Wow! That year totally flew by. I can't believe she's already 1 year old. We absolutely love our sweet Whitney and are thankful for the joy she brings to our family. Happy 1st Birthday Whitney! We love you!

Such a happy girl! Yay for my birthday!

Two cute girls! Its been fun having two girls next together, although I know its going to be hard later on with them, knowing from experience. They'll love each other later on too, eventually!

I made Whitney a Tweety bird birthday cake since my mom made me one when I turned 1. My parents use to call me Tweety bird because I looked like tweety bird to them. I thought it would be fun to do the same thing.

I was so happy that the weather was nicer on her birthday. We got to go to the park next to us and play. The kids absolutely love to get outside whenever possible since we know there are only nice days like this very rarely. Jackson and Megan both had fun pushing Whitney in the swing as you can see and Whitney loved it too. Yay for nice weather.

Pretty Whitney!

After Dave got home from work we opened presents. With Whitney so little, she didn't know any different. So, we waited, however, it made Megan not happy to wait, we might be doing it in the morning for now on. As always Whitney loved the wrapping paper more than the presents at the time. Jackson and Megan didn't mind helping. They get so impatient waiting for her to open them. So, what the heck, go for it, right!

Happy 1st Birthday Whitney! We all love you so much!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Cooking with Mom!

For Christmas, one of Megans gifts from her grandma was this adorable cooking apron. I thought it was so cute. So I had her wear it while we made some cookies together. Megan of course had to have some dough and chocolate chips. Yum!

Whitney is growing up. I couldn't believe she fit in these cute 18 month old clothes her aunt sent us for her 1st birthday. Thanks Sheri!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Christmas At Ours!

This was our first year at our home for Christmas. We had so much fun being able to get things ready for the kids for Christmas and see how excited they were. We usually have been flying and haven't been able to bring gifts, so this was a lot different and fun to experience. We missed our family, but enjoyed spending our own Christmas together as us and so did the kids. We avoided opening gifts in the morning and so we would make it to church on time. We knew if we started opening presents they wouldn't want to stop. So, we waited till we got home from church and went at it.

Our three cute kids on Christmas day.

Jackson loved this dinosaur that he got that is enormous compared to the other one we got him last Christmas. He absolutely loved it!

It was a lot of fun getting matching pajamas for the girls. Megan also loves dressing like Whitney.

On Christmas Eve we made stockings for all of us. This was our first year at our own house for Christmas and so we haven't made stockings for each of us yet. It was a lot of fun putting them together. Hopefully they'll last quite a few years.

This was Christmas Eve after Santa had already came. We thought we'd try to hide some of the big gifts. See if you can find the basketball hoop or girls playhouse. I thought we did pretty good trying to hide them.

Jackson loved putting together this Cars 2 Mac and Lightning McQueen set he got from Grandma and Grandpa Shelley. I was amazed that he was able to put it together all by himself with only a little help.

Jackson and Megan were so excited for the beta fish we got Megan for Christmas. They were way into its every move. We named it Bob after Jacksons first beta fish he had when he was little. We named it that after Jacksons first word, "Bob, bob, bob...."

The day after Christmas we went to an Indianapolis Pacers game. It was their first game after the closeout.

For New Years we went out to Alabama to see Daves sister. We had a lot of fun hanging out. The boys always have fun going out and playing football together. It was great having warmer weather than we have out here in Indiana.

Fun before Christmas

These are a late, but here are some pictures of when we went up to Indianapolis at the beginning of December to Indianapolis downtown and our Childrens Museum which has been a lot of fun to have a membership this past year. They had a fun Christmas area that the kids loved seeing Santa. Guess I won't say they all loved it, Megan was scared of Santa. As you can see in the pictures, she tried to get away from him everytime we got to see him.

At the Indianapolis Childrens Museum at Christmas time.

This was such a fun slide they had in place of the stairs that are usually there. I took Megan, Whitney and Jackson down along with me. Megan got a little scared.

As you can see, Megan is crying. Jackson loved seeing Santa this year. Whitney probably didn't know what was going on. However, I totally remember little Jackson so scared of Santa a couple years ago.

We went to a parade they had in our town. Jackson and Megan have hot chocolate smeared all over their lips as you can see. It was so cold, we had to get some. It gets so cold here, colder than Utah.

My little Santa and reindeer all ready for Christmas. Two cute girls playing together.

Jackson and Megan were so excited when it snowed for the first time that they just had to go outside to play in it. I never realized how much work it takes to get kids all dressed to go out in the snow to stay warm, till now. It was great for them to get out though since it had been so cold and we hadn't been able to go outside for a while. They were dying to get out and I believe at the time I was excited for them to get out too.

We built a mini snowman with the little snow that fell. It didn't last long, but it was great fun while it lasted.

We had a Ward Christmas party and of course we had a special visitor. I think our Santa is a pretty good one that does it every year. He pulls it off pretty good with his white beard and all. He even brings along Mrs. Claus.

Dad had to get Megan to come this close to Santa this time. Maybe next year she won't be so scared.