So I definitely overextended myself this season, hence the late post :(. I literally had my photos done in October but had zero time to get them posted. Anyway, this was one of the best years ever, watching Kayla and Cameron find their elf every day and seeing their excitement as they shredded presents open on Christmas morning. Opening presents usually takes a good hour and a half but this was finally the year they couldn’t open fast enough! I just want the innocence and wonder to last forever. This year Kayla asked Santa for baby dolls (as if she doesn’t have 10 already) and Cameron for cars (as if he doesn’t have 100 already). Lets just say they were very happy campers come Christmas day. I definitely need to clean out their rooms and get rid of all the toys they don’t play with anymore so we can make some space. Of all the dolls Kayla has and got, Violet (an old doll) remains her favorite. Her new nickname is “V.I.” She took all the accessories from the new dolls and uses them to dress up and dote on Violet. She’s even in the slide show above because Kayla insisted she be part of the photo shoot. I suppose she is part of the family at this point, she joins us at the dinner table and all. I think Cameron’s favorite new toy was given to him by his great Uncles. He loves this set of rescue vehicles where he can mix and match parts. He also loved his Spiderman quad from his Nonna but that would still be at her house until we can drive it around to our side!
Kayla is thriving in kindergarten and reading like crazy! She surprises us every day with the words she reads when we’re out and about. She’s also super creative and loves drawing and crafting. I love seeing the way she approaches projects, my lil lefty, it’s never how I would think but always turns out amazing. Her new favorite movie is Return of Mary Poppins. She has seen it 9 times at this point and is working on memorizing all the songs. Cameron is full of energy and leaves a mess wherever he goes. He’s constantly moving from one toy to the next. He’s also started testing us a bit like the time he decided to take off running down the street whilst I dropped Kayla off at school. He even crossed and alley and gave me a heart attack. How do you get a 2-year-old to understand death? He nods and says, “OK” but definitely continues to think he is invincible. I have a feeling he’s going to keep us on our toes for quite a while. He’s lucky he’s so darn cute and charming. Cams favorite movie is The Grinch, both the new animated version and the old live-action version.
We’ve had an amazing holiday season and I’ve enjoyed every extra second I’ve gotten with these kiddos. I’m looking forward to a wonderful New Year’s Eve dinner with some fam and then a quiet ringing in of the actual New Year. Cheers to an amazing 2019!!!
This is a throwback to that time I forgot to post our Thanksgiving update. Our thanksgiving was wonderful although we were missing two very important men at our table. Uncle Jason who is currently stationed in Iraq and Uncle Bunny who moved and started his career in Nebraska. Cameron was indeed in “feast mode”, as is the norm for him. He loves to eat and will try anything once. Kayla stuck to turkey, a tiny bit of macaroni, maybe tasted some marshmallows on top of the sweet potatoes and smelled a roll. World’s pickiest eater.
It was also our first Thanksgiving without my grandmother, or as the kids called her, “doo-doo”. Her presence was very much missed but her macaroni and cheese and cheese potatoes live on in our hearts and tummies forever. I know she was there in spirit, with her glass of wine, sampling all the food before the guests arrived and telling inappropriate jokes. We miss you grandma and will never forget your overwhelmingly loving heart, sense of humor and stubborn will 😉 Salut!