Sunday, January 1, 2012

So long 2011

My dad's family got all together for the first time in 10 years. My parents rented a beach house in Surfside to hold all of us.
Christmas morning
Brenda the baby whisperer
I love this picture
Pappaw (Sceaux, France) and Grammy
Mammaw (Denver) and her youngest boys
Dave and Brenda (from Shanghai, China)
Josh and his new fiance, Kayleigh (Chicago)
Abby, Andrew (Kentucky) and Megan
Tim and Deb (Denver)
On 12/28, we went to Papa's house to celebrate Christmas with the Nelson family. We exchanged gifts and played the gift game.
This was Grammy's white elephant gift: a book and a pair of funny "reading glasses".
Brianna loves holding Anna Belle.
Brady and Anna Belle take baths together sometimes; they're quite sweet together.
We went to the Bowers for Brianna's "Acorn Fair." She set up games, snacks, acorn planting, etc. for the kids. Afterwards, the kids played in the backyard for awhile.
After Brianna's "Acorn Fair", we came back to our house, so the cousins could jump on the trampoline together.
We have really enjoyed playing on the trampoline as a family. Anna Belle's always tickled to be with her big brother. After jumping, Brady likes to be read to. I have not been good about reading to Brady, so I'm glad to find his interest sparked on his own.
After a good jump, we watched Zookeeper with the kids and then Water for Elephants (I just finished the book). As midnight approached, Bailey got more antsy about all the fireworks. He peed by our bedroom door. Taylor let him outside while he cleaned up the mess. Taylor found the back door bloody and Bailey gone. In his fit, Bailey broke through a fence board on the gate. His face and paw still look a little rough this morning.

THEN, Taylor crawls in the bed we've been cleaning all day (we rotated the mattress, fluffed the pillows in the dryer, washed all the pillow protectors, cases, sheets, etc.), and finds that Brady had wet his pants, in our bed . We're blessed to have a very patient Daddy.

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