December 2012

December 1st

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Mmmm scrambled eggs!

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Daddy and Layla on their way into The Home Depot tree lot to pick our 2012 Christmas Tree!  Tradition!

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We found “the one!”

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Layla and our tree!

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A beautiful girl and a beautiful Christmas wreath!

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Our Christmas tree tied onto the top of the car and ready to take home!

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Sam helping sort the ornaments!  Non breakable only on the tree this year!!

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He had so much fun looking at them!

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Layla helped decorate the tree!  since Sam is into everything we decided we would only decorate the top half of the tree with non breakable ornaments in case Sam pulled the entire tree down!

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Layla had a great time decorating the tree with a little help from both Mommy and Daddy!

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Me and my babies and our half decorated Christmas tree! (which is protected by a large plastic bin with cinderblocks inside of it to weigh it down so Sam cant get to the tree!)

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A blurry pic of Sam Sagging!

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Sam and his buddy Todd!

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A cardboard box is always a huge hit!

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December 2nd

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Layla asked to go on a treasure hunt!  Here is the map to the treasure that Guy drew!

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A very excited girl ready to go on a treasure hunt, treasure map in hand!

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Off they go!

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She found the treasure!

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December 3rd

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Crafting some fun holiday and Christmas crafts!

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Our Silly and very mischievous elf Eli’s message for Layla and Sam!

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More holiday crafts and advent calendars!

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Sam trying out the jumper!

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Layla decorating her and Sam’s personal mini Christmas trees for their rooms!

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Rocking out, playing a little music, making a little noise!

December 4th

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Oh that elf!!  Eli decided to toilet paper our Christmas tree!  He is such a little trouble maker!

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December 6th

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Layla and Daddy building and decorating our annual gingerbread house!  This has got to be one of Layla’s very favorite holiday activities!

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Decorating Christmas cookies, just me and my girl!

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December 7th

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My handsome boy and beautiful girl waiting to groove with Clint Perry and the Boo Hoo Crew!

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Swimming Lessons together!  Sam has been in lessons but since layla is in preschool and a very competent swimmer she has not been in lessons lately!  But since she had a 6 week break over the holidays from preschool we decided to sign her up for a session! Both her and Sam in the pool together at the same time!  It is awesome!  He loves watching her swim and she comes and gives him kisses constantly!

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Her amazing free style, or “Zippers.”

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Perfecting her backstroke!

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Saying “hello” to each other in the pool!

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Sam working on his floats into the step and his “digs.’’

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She is such an epic swimmer!

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Our 2012 Picture with Santa!

Sam was not too stoked!  He cried but we took the picture anyways!  Classic!

December 8th

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Sam playing in his cabinet, the Tupperware cabinet!

The Annual Zavodny Cocktail Party!

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Me and my love!

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Cousin love!

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Donna and the girls!

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Donna and her crazy purple cast!

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The Marshalls

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Apple Pie shots!

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Catillus kisses!

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Donna and my dad.

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Diana and I.

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Lauren and Shawn.

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Sisters

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Kelly

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Vince and Joan

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Daren and Margret

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Courtney and Dean, having a blast!

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Tom & Todd

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Bald men are sexy!

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Sean, Val & Deb!

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Big smiles from Margret and Vince!

December 9th

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Silly Eli the Elf getting into trouble and causing mischief.  This time he toilet papered the Christmas tree!

December 10th

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Silly Sweet Sam… he loves carrying Layla’s purse,

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climbing into the toy baskets,

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and snuggling the Grinch

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Dressed up for lunch at Nanny’s!

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Playing together at Nanny’s!

December 11th

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Layla’s holiday gifts for her preschool teachers!

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The last day of preschool before winter break the children decided on, and planned their own party.  They decided on a grilled cheese and chicken noodle soup party!  I volunteered to come in and help with some other moms.  We made the grilled cheese sandwiches and warmed up the soup!  Then we were able to stay and join our kids for the party!

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Mmmmm grilled cheese and chicken noodle soup!  Yum!

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Me and my minis!

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Sammy diggin’ some grilled cheese!

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A little play time in big sister’s classroom!

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It was inevitable, I knew the day would come where Sam learned how to climb through the doggy door!

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December 14th

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A cold Hidden Canyon Park day!

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Swing time for Sam!

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Some balance bike practice for Layla!  There are rumors that Santa is bringing a “big girl bike”!

December 16th

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Some morning family cuzzi time!

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The  Three I love the most in this world!

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My boys!

11 Months Old!

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December 17th

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Layla and I made homemade play dough together!

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We made lots of colors!  It was fun and a great learning experience mixing colors and making colors from the primary colors!  The colors turned out great, the play dough was soft and didn’t smell stinky like the store bought kind!  we had lots of fun making it and we will definitely do it again!!

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Sam climbing into “his” cabinet!

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Silly Eli the Elf made and hung up snow flakes in the window!

December 18th

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Layla’s first Kehilili O Kailan Christmas Party!  Mele Kalikimaka!

She got to enjoy snacks, Hawaiian Punch, Hawaiian trivia, some fun Hawaiian Christmas songs,  and a hand made candy lei!

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Christmas Leis

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Layla getting her Mele Kalikimaka lei from “Auntie Trudi”

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So proud and happy!  My little hula dancer!

December 19th

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Santa’s Workshop!  Shhhh don’t tell Layla!

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Sam was SOOO helpful!  Wink wink!

December 20th

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Exchanging Christmas gifts (and Arden’s Birthday Gift) with the Marshalls!

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Train Table Fun!  Early 1st Birthday gift!

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This happy little dude is getting a train table early for his first birthday!  We put it together early and he loved it even without any track built on it!

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December 21st

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Here it is built with the tracks complete!  He loved it and so did big sister!

December 22nd

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A family photo opportunity before taking Layla to the ballet!

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Dressed up with our little lady to take her to see The Nutcracker ballet!

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Layla and Daddy outside of the Civic Theater

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Me and my girl! 

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She was so excited to come to see The Nutcracker ballet!

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Got our program and we are filled with anticipation!  Can’t wait for the ballet to start!

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Layla with a huge nutcracker!

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Photos after the show because we attended the Sugar Plum Performance where there is a reception with cookies and the performers after the show!  Layla was thrilled to see real ballerinas!

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Layla was so excited to get to meet  Clara and the Nutcracker Prince!

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She even got to pick a nutcracker for her souvenir!

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Our little lady and her nutcracker!  She chose one that looed like The Nutcracker Prince!

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After the ballet Layla had said she wanted to go to Prep Kitchen for dinner!  We drove to Little Italy and what our girl wants, she usually gets!  Prep Kitchen it was!

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There were lots of fun nutcrackers to take photos with!  We had a great time!

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December 23rd

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One of Layla’s favorite holiday traditions is building a gingerbread house and decorating it!  She starts asking the day after Thanksgiving, “When do we get to decorate the gingerbread house?”  This year we did two for that very reason!  This is our second one for the year!

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Sam and the Stone bottle!

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It was empty before Sam got ahold of it  of course! 

December 24th

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Awww Layla and Lou Lou snuggles!  What a sweet dog!

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Sam perusing one of Thomas Keller’s cook books!

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Guy and Layla making Thomas Keller’s Pineapple Upside down cake for Layla’s Half Birthday (on Christmas) cake!  Layla decided she wanted Pineapple Upside-down cake this year!

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The beautiful finished product!

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Eli The Elf’s Goodbye letter to Layla and Sam too!

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December 25th

Merry Christmas 2012

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The tree all set up with presents from Mommy, Daddy, and Santa before the kids got to it on Christmas morning!

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Layla coming out on Christmas morning!

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The excitement on her face is priceless!

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Christmas stocking time!

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It became chaos quickly with the kids riding on their new wheelie bugs through all of the wrapping paper!

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Sammy got a helmet!

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He looks like a bobble-head!

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Layla made hand painted ornaments for everyone including Daddy!  Daddy also got cute ones made with Layla and Sam’s foot and hand prints!

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One of my fun gifts was a Crikut paper cutter!

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Those are some happy faces!

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We shared our Christmas morning joy with The Roerigs and Nicole and Joel!

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Sam got his everywhere chair from Ahta and he loved it!  Sat in it most of the rest of the morning!

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Auntie Val stopped by to exchange gifts and join in some Christmas morning chaos, I mean joy!

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Nonna and Papa made it over as well!

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Even Louie got a big Christmas treat!

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Some Papa love!

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Nonna and Papa love!

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Snow White Layla!

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Lou Dog with his head crammed in the Christmas tree trying to get some lovin’ from Papa!

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All dressed up in her Holiday best in front of Karen and Marty’s Christmas tree!

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Sam in his holiday best, passed out in his car seat!

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Joe and Guy!

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Me and my love!  Merry Christmas!

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Layla and her Nanny!

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Layla and Alicia!

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Layla and Diana!

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Jackson and his daddy!

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More presents!!

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Lots more presents!

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Michelle and Joe opening the canvas print of Jackson that we got them!  Tears

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More presents for Little Sam too!

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Layla giving Jackson some love!

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Sam eating his first Christmas dinner!

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My boys at Christmas dinner!

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Layla enjoying her Christmas dinner!

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Nonna and JJ

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Layla and Nanny before she opens her gifts!

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Me and my sweet boy, sharing a moment!

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So sweet, it made me  tear up!

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Our beautiful family on Christmas 2012

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Z family Christmas kisses!

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The Ross Family!

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Great Daddys and their boys!

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Our gorgeous girl!

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Our sweet happy handsome boy!

December 26th

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Layla enjoying some time with her new toys!  Princess Play-doh set!

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We didn’t get a picture of the kids dressed up in front of our Christmas tree before Christmas or on Christmas.  So here they are they day after!

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The two gingerbread houses Layla decorated and one marshmallow igloo she made at story time at the library!

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I think Christmas and all of the fun and festivities wore Sam out!  What do you think?

December 27th

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Layla is putting in some time on the big girl bike that Santa brought her!  She never had training wheels, she went strait from her Balance bike to her big girl princess bike and she rocked it!

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Go Layla go!

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Sam got a few turns on the trike too!

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I got to give her a few starter pushes too!  There is nothing like the feeling of your child being successful at something they have tried hard to accomplish!  An amazing feeling of pride!

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Cute little dude in his new helmet!

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December 28th

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Sam enjoying his books, lots of them new from Christmas!! 

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I absolutely love the fact that both of my children LOVE books!

December 29th

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Cousin tubby time!

 

December  31st

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New Years Eve Party at Sarah, Val and Kellie’s!

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Layla and The Ry Guy!

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Sam slept thru most of the party!

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Happy New Year from our family to yours!

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Rylan being camera shy!

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Party people!

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Me and my girl!

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Sarah and Sam!

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Sarah and all of the kiddos!

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Happy New Year from Sam and I!

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