Saturday, December 31, 2011

Let's go fly a kite....

Madeline got a kite for Christmas from Grandpa and we were having such great weather that it provided for the perfect day for them to go fly a kite together.

Helping Grandpa launch the kite
The kite flew like a charm and fluttered its little wings like crazy to stay afloat

Learning that sometimes you need to run fast to help the kite keep flying

Post kite-flying swing

What fun!! Thanks Grandpa!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Christmas was magical!  It was so much fun seeing the excitement and joy in Madeline's eyes as she took it all in.  She got entirely spoiled by all her relatives and had a blast opening and playing with all of her gifts.  She had specifically asked Santa for a bike and a truck...and he delivered!


Christmas morning
 Madeline catches a glimpse of her new bike as she comes down the stairs on Christmas morning!

Trying out the new bike
Santa brought a truck, too!
Checking out her stocking
Helping Grandma open her gift
Monkey love!
"Ooohhh, a big one!"
A girl's got to accessorize!

I think this is my favorite picture from all day.  It just captures her excitement and emotion of the day!!
This flashlight was in her stocking.  She was convinced it was a microphone...
Helping Grandpa with his present

Getting ready for a bike ride

Madeline's rendition of 'Jingle Bells' sung into her new flashlight/microphone!  This went on for a good 10 minutes....she cracked us up!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Eve

Twas the night before Christmas....

So excited
She got to open two gifts before bed

She was so excited for her new baby

Cookies and cocoa before bed.  It was hard to choose which ones to eat and which to leave for Santa!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Moody Garden Lights

Grandma and Grandpa Handl came into town for the Christmas holidays.  We started off our ventures with a trip to Moody Gardens to check out the Rainforest Pyramid and the lights, courtesy of Groupon!

Off to see the Rainforest Pyramid
Off to see all the lights

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas - Take 1

Grandma and Grandpa James were in town last week and, much to her delight, Madeline got to celebrate Christmas a week early!

We started out with a trip to Bass Pro, as Madeline was excited to see Santa again.

She is very taken by this train set and was eager to show it to Grandma and Grandpa!
Yay!!!  We got a smile with Santa.  She even told Santa that she wanted a bike for Christmas.
We celebrated our Christmas morning on Sunday.  Madeline's Elf brought her her very own train set to run around the tree.
Checking out the train with daddy
So much fun to make the train go fast and slow, forward and backward
"Here Grandma, this one is for you!"
She chose the biggest package to open first!
Tearing right into the package
Ohhhh, a pink suitcase!
So excited for her own suitcase.  She rolled it around all day, and exclaimed, "I'm going to the airport!" about 50 times.
"I need help!"
Another big box
Sitting down for our dinner
Thanks for visiting Grandma and Grandpa!  I had so much fun during our special Christmas celebration.