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Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Hard to believe

that Christmas is already over! It seems like there is such a build up and then it's over before you know it! Hope everyone had a wonderful time celebrating with family and/or friends! Kayla sure enjoyed Christmas! She was surprised to see all the gifts under the tree "wow!" and wanted to help us open our presents too...isn't that the way it goes?

That afternoon we went over to our friends' house and had a nice dinner of cornish game hen and ham plus all the extras. Kayla and their daughter had fun playing together and we played a couple rounds of Jenega before it was time to dig in to the pies! I brought the Banana Carmel Spice Pie. We were able to take some leftovers home so I don't have to cook tonight!

"Wow!" she exclaimed!

I can really open presents now?!

She was so excited to get the newest Boz DVD

Grandma brought this book back from Scotland. It's called "Hamish the Hairy Haggis" and that little ball of fur to the left of Kayla is "Hamish" which Kayla calls a cat. So what is Haggis? It's a traditional Scottish dish that sounds absolutely disgusting. Click the link if you want to know what's in it! Some Scots say Haggis is a small animal native to Scotland - hence the book and furball (folklore of course!)

A purse/book from her great-grandparents

Concentrating on the Dora phone that is talking to her

Love the expression on her face here! She received 2 tshirts that say "My Aunt is a Firefighter"

She was actually signing "firefighter" but she signs it at the back of her head instead of the front!

What has them so surprised?

It's beautiful isn't it?!

Finally all done...until the in-laws arrive on Fri and fill the space under the tree up again!

Mike from Something About Parenting offered a few readers a free "scribble" a while back and I was lucky enough to send him a picture he could use. I was so impressed with what he sent me, it just came out so beautifully and I had tears in my eyes! I couldn't wait for Joe to open it yesterday morning! Needless to say he loves it as well. Thank you so much Mike for the amazing job you did!


Tammy and Parker said...

Michelle, that picture of Kayla is amazing. Scribble........yeah right.
I love the pictures of Kayla discovering her gifts. Thanks so much for sharing.

K.T. said...

That is a beautiful pic.Looks like Kayla cleaned up in the presents department and looks like you all had a great time!Mery Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Mike did a beautiful job! What a wonderful gift to give to Joe! Love, Aunt Debbie

Dori (Aviva's mommy) said...

WOW what a great pictue. Can we come to your house for Christmas? Kayla looks like she had so much fun.

My friend in NJ makes Haggis (ugh I will not touch it).


Nisa said...

Kayla looks like she had a blast opening gifts. I love the expression on her face when she was opening her tshirts. Too cute. And, wow!! That picture of Kayla looks amazing!! That's a "scribble"??? Holy Cow!! Oh, and her little "hairy haggis" looks very much like a "tribble" we got a long time ago for the kids. HOw funny the things you make me remember.
love you!

Kelli said...

Haggis is disgusting. LOL- I'll stick with the furry creature version myself.

That "scribble" is beuatiful. She's lovely!

chelle said...

Totally feels like we were there! Great photos and I am so happy to read that your Christmas was wonderful!

Catch said...

That certainly is a beautiful picture of Kayla!! ( the scribble) And she looks so excited opening her presents! Little children make Christmas such a magical time. Great pictures Michelle....Im glad you had a great Christmas! Thank you so much for sharing them!!

ChupieandJ'smama said...

Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas! Kayla looks like she had a wonderful time and that Santa was very good to her. She's such a doll. Have a wonderful Christmas week:)

Kentucky Gal said...

Looks like you had an awesome Christmas...one of my good friends in Blogland is from Scotland...if you ever come by and see a gal named Horizon in comments...she is right good gal!!
Love that drawing of Kayla!!

Air Force Family said...

Michelle, I love all of Kayla's expressions. The "scribble" of Kayla is down-right beautiful!
Thank you for sharing.


Princess Morgan said...

these moments are priceless! I love the sketch!!!

Miranda said...

Oh my, the picture is beautiful. I'm sure your husband just loved it! Glad to hear you had a Merry Christmas!!!

Linda said...

Hi Michelle, We're waiting for my brother-in-law and his family to arrive for another day of sightseeing. It was the Alamo and Riverwalk yesterday. Today it's Fredricksburgh, tomorrow Austin and friday Houston. Whew!! I had a few minutes and thought I would check on a couple of my favorite people.
The pictures are wonderful. Looks like you had a special Christmas. Enjoy your time with family. This is such a great time of year.
See ya soon!!

BStrong said...

Wouldn't it be nice if it were the holidays every day minus the consumerism. Such beautiful pics.

Happy New Year

Jessica said...

What a beautiful picture of Kayla! It looks like she had a wonderful Christmas! I love the t-shirt!

PEA said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours dear Michelle!! I so loved seeing the expressions on Kayla's face with every present...she's just so adorable:-) And oh my, what a beautiful drawing of Kayla that Mike did...what a treasure!!! Much love xox

Pamela said...

Aww, thanks so much for sharing the delightful pictures! Love those sleepy eyed mornings full of surprise and wonderment when little ones get to ppen all their presents.

She looks like she just loved everything! The portrait Mike did is gorgeous and something to cherish forever! Just beautiful! :)

Amy said...

I've said it before~but I so enjoy all the pictures you post of Kayla. I love her suprised look!
She is an awesome little girl!

Barb said...

I've been waiting for these photos, Michelle. She's so adorable. And you got wonderful photos that captured her excitement.

The drawing is amazing. I can only imagine how happy you are to have it.

With more family arriving Friday, goodness, you're having a week-long Christmas!

Deb said...

Hehe, I've HEARD of Haggis; a friend of mine tried to get me to eat it, but I wasn't brave enough. :)

The drawing of Kayla is gorgeous!

Glad ya'll had a great Christmas!

smileymamaT said...

Ah, what a beautiful, happy girl!!!!! She looks like she had a blast. Isn't it fun to watch kids open presents!? I love that she signs "fireman" behind her head. It makes sense to me, as their hats tilt that way, right? :)

Tracey said...

Great Christmas!! And that picture DID turn out beautifully!

jotcr2 said...

Lovely gifts for a lovely girl. She is so gorgeous.

PastorMac's Ann said...

Wow looks like you had a wonderful day! Her expressions are so adorable. The picture is beautiful. Hope the upcoing year brings many many blessings.

Sara said...

what a wonderful picture!!! Just beautiful... Kayla looked so into opening her gifts....:)

Melany said...

My goodness!!! Mike did an awesome job on that!!! Maybe I should just BEG him to do one for me.
You took some really great photos. I love the look on her face.

Anonymous said...

Looks like Kayla had alot of fun opening her gifts! I just love the expression on her face opening the shirt. She is just so cute. It is sad x-mas is over with. I just love that picture of Kayla. wow he did a wonderful job! I do love all the pictures of your little angel but that one is my favorite!