Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas!

We had a wonderful Christmas and hope you all did, too! Santa brought Aidan and Lauren a castle to share (we'll see how that goes!), and Aidan got several car-related items, a guitar and some cymbals, a homemade sleeping bag and other cool stuff. Lauren got a new baby (small and easy for her to hold; she really likes her and says "uh-oh" every time her hat comes off, which is often), some cool clothes, a Rody ride-on toy, some rain boots and more.

Aidan puts out the treats on Christmas Eve. He wouldn't hear of the reindeer sharing one carrot! I made brownies from the book "Deceptively Delicious." Don't tell anyone, but they have carrot puree, spinach puree and whole-grain oat flour in them. They were quite tasty!

I was nervous about how the brownies would go over, so I got some whipped cream to sweeten the deal, so to speak. They loved it!

Surprisingly, I was the first one up this morning and got the coffee going and the cameras ready. Aidan got up a little before 7--here he is pointing at the presents.

Santa came! Left to right is Ryan's, Lauren's, my mom's, Aidan's and mine. We ordered Lauren's stocking online and had no idea it would be twice the size of everyone else's--I didn't think to check the dimensions!

Once Lauren got up and joined the party (with crazy bed head!) , Aidan helped her open the box with her new baby doll inside.

Aw...our baby with her new baby from China Sprout.

Lauren all dressed in her stylin' new coat from family friends that live in Italy, and her new rainboots from Bethie, and of course her binky.

We visited our old friends Margaret, Dan, Lily and Chase for lunch and had a great time. It was snowing at their house, and the boys scootered in the snow!

I love this action shot of Aidan in motion! He has gotten so good on his scooter since he got it last Christmas.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Recent pictures

Lauren at our friend Henry's 5th birthday party.

Lauren and Ryan at the party.

Aidan's pinata haul!

Our cuties together in the morning.

And with goofy faces.

Aidan helps the landscapers in our front yard, aka the muddy mud pit.

Lauren napping in the car while Ryan and Aidan got doughnuts after Aidan's soccer class.