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27
Dec
08

a first christmas and a surprise

Christmas morning started out with presents.  We decided to start the tradition of 3 presents to each child like the wise men gave to Jesus.  One present is a need, one is a want, and one is a gift for spiritual growth.  Rilyn’s want was a bike this year and Ella’s was a microphone!  (We are taking advantage of Asher not knowing what is going on so he didn’t get presents from us this year.)

Ella Montana?          From Christmas Day 2008
Rilyn rounding the corner and seeing her bike under the tree!!   From Christmas Day 2008

Then we had a birthday cake for Jesus for breakfast!

From Christmas Day 2008

James surprised me with my very own laptop!  I’ve never had my own laptop so this is a pretty big deal for me!  After presents, we drove to my parents house.  Asher celebrated his first Christmas this year.  He, unfortunately, slept through Christmas at our house (morning nap)and my parent’s house(afternoon nap).  But I still commemorated the event with pictures after he woke up.

From Christmas Day 2008

After we all opened our presents under the tree at my parents house, my parents surprised us…

From Christmas Day 2008

In late spring, my parents are taking the whole family to California for a 5 day vacation!!! For those who don’t know, I was raised in southern California for 16 years. It has always been my dream since Rilyn was born to take my family to Disneyland and show my children where I grew up! I am beyond excited!!!!!
More pics from Christmas:

From Christmas Day 2008

Ella got a Sleeping Beauty wig from Asher!

From Christmas Day 2008

sisters sharing crooked smiles

From Christmas Day 2008
From Christmas Day 2008
23
Dec
08

home again, for a moment

We just got back from Christmas #1 with James’ parents in Fort Worth.  We had a great time!!  But, there is really nothing like coming back to your home-especially when your husband forgot to turn the heater on before you left for 5 days so your house is at a very comfortable 62 degrees.   After I thawed out, I downloaded a couple of cute pics from our trip before I have to start wrapping Christmas presents for Christmas #2 (our family)and #3(my family)…Merry Christmas!!

From December 2008

You must look stylish while driving around in Dallas/Fort Worth.

From December 2008

Asher agrees.

From December 2008

According to Paquette family tradition, it is customary to make your son try the lemon in your water several times while laughing as he makes pitiful faces.

From December 2008

Here is Rilyn showing us a good time at the bowling alley. Woohoo!

From December 2008

Wrapping paper-it’s whats for dinner.

13
Dec
08

he’s not so scary after all

Apparently he is actually quite boring to some, but to babies he is quite interesting…(what is that white curly thing?)

From December 2008

Some just think he is sweet.

From December 2008

Today’s Santa meet and greet was really quite uneventful. Asher was a pro and Ella acted like she sits on big men who wear red suits and have long, white, curly beard’s laps all the time. Yawn. Rilyn told Santa she wanted a pink dress and Ella looked at him blankly when he asked her what she wanted for Christmas as if she was thinking, “You don’t buy me presents, grandma does, so why are you asking?” Here are some more pics to document the magical 5 minutes.

From December 2008

From December 2008
apparently it was bright in the room     From December 2008
From December 2008

What do you want from Santa this year?             From December 2008
12
Dec
08

merry multiplication

Today I hosted the 2nd annual Austin Stone Community Church neighborhood Christmas party.  Last year, we had 7 kids (4 families) in our neighborhood that went to the Stone.  It was so manageable that we could take a picture like this:

Halle, Cole, Rilyn, Ellie, Ella, Malachi, and Anna        From December 2007

This year, however, we had 21 kids(from 9 families)!!! And yes, we all live within 5 minutes walking distance from each other and we all go to The Austin Stone. Crazy, I know. I guess we could be considered a commune of sorts. Anyway, we had a great party! We had lunch, crafts, decorated cookies, heard the Christmas story, and had a book exchange. Sadly, we could not get all 21 kids into one shot this year so this is the best I got of the Christmas party chaos.

Christmas book exchange game               From December 2008

Amidst all of this fun(remember 21 children) there was, however, one casualty at my house. (Warning! This picture is graphic.)

From December 2008

 

10
Dec
08

scary Santa

My girls and Santa don’t really get along.  I guess maybe because we don’t emphasize him at Christmas time.  The other day, Rilyn’s hairdresser asked what Santa was going to get her for Christmas and Rilyn asked her, “Who’s Santa?”  The hairdresser looked at me a little shocked.  I was too.  But, I think she would of recognized his name if she would of said, “Santa Claus.”  (She is really into ‘last names’ right now.  She told me that Jesus’ last name is “God” the other day.)

Hey, nothing is wrong with the fake man, I always take my kids’ picture with him each year so I do give him a little props.   I just rather talk about baby Jesus.  So, now we are in countdown for Santa pictures…3 days left.  Will Asher continue the ‘Paquette pout’ with the big guy?  I’ll be sure to post!

From December 2005
From December 2006
From December 2007
01
Dec
08

halo from the ‘hood

You know those darling, handmade ornaments you look forward to getting at Christmas when your child enters preschool?  Well, in 2005, Rilyn was 18 months old and in a Mother’s Day Out program.  I couldn’t wait to open that white paper bag with Christmas stickers all over it when she brought it home.  I just knew it was going to be the sweetest, cutest, Christmas ornament ever!  (That is truly one of the things I looked forward to when I found out I was pregnant with my first child-homemade gifts from my children.)   As I pulled out the ornament, though, I didn’t quite feel the “oooooh awwwww” that I thought I would.  Here’s what I got.

“You don’t want to mess with me!”

Not exactly the best picture of my daughter who yes, had a hair growth issue. So, it’s not how I would picture angels looking in heaven, but it’s my girl, and as I pulled out the ornament this year to decorate our tree, I will forever cherish my “halo from the ‘hood.”

12
Nov
08

it’s coming…

I love, love, love receiving Christmas cards, more specifically the ones with family photos. To all my friends and family: I expect cards this year(and I don’t mean store bought Christmas cards that you just sign your name in-no slackers!)  I’m already in the process of thinking what to do this year.  Hmmm…
I’m pretty sure I won’t be doing this though.

From November 2008

Yes, I will claim them as my family.

01
Jan
08

Happy New Year!

We had such a great Christmas this year. All of our pictures are up in ‘December 2007’ link now. Here are some of my favorites.

Oma Paquette, Rilyn, and Ella

Rilyn gave us a ‘scarf’ she made at preschool for Christmas this year, (the girls are wearing the princess dresses we gave them for Christmas).

Ella using her new nurse equipment to give a check-up to Grandpa Erickson.

11
Dec
07

Candy

Rilyn (and Ella) made this gingerbread house at Grandma’s this past week. Ella had more fun licking the frosting off the roof and eating the candy though.

Rilyn also went to the dentist on Monday, the night before though, she was eating chewy candy (daddy gave her). I told her that she was going to have to brush her teeth really good to get all of that sticky sugar out. She told me, “Don’t worry mommy, from now on I will only eat healthy candy.” Oh, ok Rilyn. 😉

08
Dec
07

Ella loves Santa




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