Well, after my mini-meltdown on cookie day, I realized I couldn't do it all...but in true Shana form I was going to die trying...the result was that I was just too busy to blog about it, so this post will include our Christmas happenings at the Karczewski's...
After Christmas my house looked like this...
...there was a Christmas Bomb that went off and Hurricane Lily followed shortly after...
that, coupled with the fact that I went back to work on January 3rd is the reason this post is sooooo late.
Maybe we should start with Liam's first Thanksgiving celebrated at Billie & Steve's...this year we were very thankful for him!
|We are thankful for Liam!|
|Turkey knocked them out|
|And when we got home Christmas pajamas were on their beds!|
|And Lily's tree was up...she had to take a pic - but she may have taken one of herself?|
|She loves her tree|
Country Christmas at Country Springs Waterpark, if you haven't been - you should go, the lights are amazing and magical and there is a small warming house with hot chocolate and a big train setup...the kids love it, maybe as much as I do :)
|shortly after this picture was taken - Lily and Mason left and Liam tipped over|
Off to get our tree! This year Lily helped decorate and loved it!
|she asked daddy "Please, I can sit on the back?" ~ how cute|
|What's better than decorating the tree? Having our girl help us :)|
We had breakfast with Santa again this year at Auntie Chris'...there were three new additions since last year...Aubrey, Gabriella and Liam (Miles in utero ~ I'm sure he enjoyed the breakfast)
|Aubrey, Liam & Gabriella|
|Lily & Gabriella|
|Mama & Gabriella|
|Lily loves Santa|
|the biggest sucker ever - I'm talking about the lollipop|
For St. Nick's Chris brought Lily home a Christmas doughnut and a Hot Cocoa from Starbucks, because she is the "Official Hot Cocoa Taster" (and me a iced vanilla latte, it didn't fit right in my stocking, so I just drank it). St. Nick stocking opening was delayed a bit because Chris was involved in a high-speed chase after he witnessed a hit-and-run accident that morning on his way home from work, and in true cop form, he took off after the assailant - he was bummed that he didn't catch him. Lily patiently waited...and waited.
|Lily patiently waiting with her hands on her hips|
|St. Nick's breakfast, Lily just ate the jimmy's|
|Happy First St. Nick's Liam!|
|Lily shows Liam his gifts|
|she got some Gel Gems ~ she loves them|
|About an hour later they were in a pile of mush on the bench under this window|
A December breakfast - gingerbread pancakes and egg nog!
|she loved it|
Jingle Bus tour downtown...
Before Christmas, we had some things to take care of....
like welcoming Our Floridians...and by Our Floridians, I mean my Uncle Mike and cousin Sasha
|waiting atiently at the airport|
|Ashlyn & Lily holding the welcome sign|
|everyone with the sign|
The night before Christmas eve I was knee-deep in appetizers (I make the appetizers, Billie and Steve make the meal ~ we make out on that deal)...shrimp, deviled eggs, cheese spread, veggies & dip, artichoke dip...but decided "Hey, let's make Christmas cupcakes!" (because we clearly had nothing else to get done)...and then Lily proclaimed "Oh...yeah...they are Rudolph's favorite!"...so we did and it was fun!
|she's a natural baker|
...and after everyone was tucked in their beds with visions of sugarplums dancing in their heads and I had semi-cleaned the kitchen, I started to get everything ready for the next day...baby bag packed, pump ready, presents wrapped with bows straightened and tags made, it was past 1:30 a.m....and then I set out their clothes for Christmas Eve...
...and had to pinch myself...I have a little girl and a little boy...it was going to be a wonderful Christmas, a wonderful first Christmas for Liam!
The next morning before heading off to Billie and Steve's for Christmas Eve, we took care of some final touches before Santa came...
|We sprinkled Grinch Dust...so he couldn't get her presents|
|and set out our cookies - and Rudolph's cupcake, which Lily reminded me of|
|trying to get a pic of the kids with the tree|
|hold it..hold it|
|...and he's down...cue daddy swooping in|
|Nana and her grandchildren|
|our family - Liam's first Christmas|
|what a cutie!|
|Mama and Liam|
|Auntie Billie and Liam|
|Opening 4 o'clock gifts!|
|Parker getting his 4 o'clock gifts|
Lily gave out kisses...
|Parker was loving this!|
|Mason on drums, Lily on maracas and Parker on guitar|
Billie let me take a belly pic...
Lily received lots of baby stuff (hmmm...I wonder why)...my sister called it Lily's baby shower
|some of us slept thru our gift opening|
|modeling a cute hat from Jen, Craig & Parker|
|Liam playing Mason's piano|
Waking up Christmas morning...we had Monkey Bread (which by the way is delicious and has become a new tradition!) and opened presents from Santa, among the favorites, Santa brought Lily a Bitty Baby (that she affectionately named Bitty Baby Lily) and the much anticipated Pillow Pet (she wanted this as bad as Ralphie wanted a Red Ryder BB Gun ~ seriously)...she sleeps with them both every night since Christmas...Liam received the his first pair of Chuck Taylor's (which he will need in every size)
|Christmas morning stretch|
|Lily opening her presents|
|Bitty Baby Lily|
|Liam's first police car|
|Liam in his first pair of Chuck T's|
|Bitty Baby and her Pillow Pet|
After we opened presents we headed over to Chris' Aunt Donna's for lunch, where Lily and Liam were spoiled rotten again...
|Lily opening more presents!|
|Al & Diane|
We ended the night with a nice bath...even Boots joined in...
|The perfect end to Liam's first Christmas!|
The following week we had our final Christmas with my cousins and all the new babies!
|Tiff holding Liam|
|Jonny holding Liam|
|Nana's and babies|
|Lily, Ashlyn and Mason 2010|
|Lily, Ashly & Liam 2009|
|Happy new family - Corrie, Jonathan and Gabriella|
|Mama's and their babies|
|Ashlyn & Lily falling|
|Gabriella models her new hat|
|Lily's cute vest|
|all the kids|
|from left: Gabriella, Aubrey, Ashlyn, Lily, Mason & Liam|