Dec 31, 2011

2011 Year in Review

Whew! I can't believe that another year has gone by already!  We were having so much fun in 2011 that we hardly noticed those calendar pages flipping by.  We started off the year camping out with Mawmaw and Pawpaw.  Stella was our camp cook...
 And Cille was just along for the ride...
 In February we spread the love with homemade Valentines...
 In March all our wishes came true at Walt Disneyworld!

 We also celebrated Stella's 3rd birthday with a princess extravaganza in our backyard...
 In April we hit the beach...

 And it was so much fun that we decided to do it again in May...

 In June Cille celebrated the big 1...
 We all tried to stay cool in that South Louisiana heat...
 In July we took in the sites of New York City...

 In August we got behind our team...
 In September we had a blast at the zoo...
 ...and completely wore ourselves out...
 In October we got 3 new cousins...
 in 2 days!
 We also made time to visit the Pumpkin Patch...
 And dress up for Trick-or-Treating...
 In November we trotted with the turkeys...
 Some of them were a little strange...
 In December we celebrated the birth of our savior!
We made some wonderful memories in 2011.  Every year with these sweet girls just gets better and better!

Dec 30, 2011

Christmas Day

When we arrived at Mawmaw Shirley's there were even more baby boy cousins...
Cille had to check out these new kids...

Reid's first Christmas wore him out...
Cheese with Aunt Lacie...
These girls like their daddy a little bit...
Cille and Aunt Lacie were telling each other "Shhh" so they wouldn't disturb the babies...
Daddy got to hold Tucker for the first time...
Until Cille noticed...
And moved in closer...
And pushed that boy out of her seat...
I got a turn later!
Cille tried to explain to Aunt Alaina how to operate a LeapPad...
Chad and Alaina had very appropriate gifts for the boys...
Two pretty girls...
Cille was excited about opening more presents...
Check out that robe!
Cille was even kind enough to let Mawmaw taste her thumb...
The girls loved all their gifts, but sometimes Cille was more interested in Stella's gift and Stella was more interested in Cille's...
That's when we traded...
The spectators enjoyed all the hubbub...
Dr. Cille, reporting for duty...
We had a marvelous Christmas with our family and are so thankful for our greatest gift- our Savior, Jesus Christ!  

Dec 29, 2011

Christmas Morning

On Christmas Eve night we had our traditional meal of turkey gumbo and potato salad, along with birthday cake and pie for baby Jesus.  We followed that up with our grandparent slumber party and this was the scene in our living room on Christmas morning...
If the tree decorations look a little sparse, it is because we really bit off more than we could chew with that huge tree.  Our tree stand was not big enough to hold it up, and we actually used guide wires to support it for most of the month until Kirk was cool enough to modify one of their stands for us to use.  We didn't get around to decorating the tree until the night before Christmas, so we just slapped some lights and candy canes on it and called it good.

When we finally woke up following our late night, Stella sprinted into the living room, ready for action...
Cille wasn't far behind...
...but headed straight for Grandma Tonie instead of the presents...
Grandma was kind enough to point out the loot...
Here's Stella opening her myrrh gift: a pink sleeping bag...
Aunt Sarah really liked Tripp's new outfit but Cille didn't have time to appreciate it...
When the sleeping bags were finally opened...
...it was time to try them out...
Tripp took his first Christmas in stride, enjoying just watching those crazy girls open things...
Cille was excited about her frankincense gift from Mawmaw and Pawpaw...
Stella loved her RV and boat from Grandpa Crane...
She liked it so much she wanted to pose with it...
Tripp's first Christmas!
Feel the excitement...
Yay!  An outfit like Cille's!
Tripp found his new toys very interesting...
Cille loved her new baby, and especially liked the hair net...
Mawmaw and Grandma Tonie were happy to show off their homemade gifts from Stella and Cille...
When I told Stella we would be using a "glue gun" to attach the jewels to the frames, she was afraid that I was going to shoot her...
Tripp has a new favorite shirt...
Mawmaw and Pawpaw and Grandma Tonie especially liked their photo books from the girls...

Sarah enjoyed opening all of Tripp's gifts for him.  I think next year might be a bit of a letdown for her if he insists on opening his own presents...
Stella was really excited about her new "iPad" from Mawmaw and Pawpaw...(which is really a LeapPad!)
The best part of Cille's baby?  Removable shoes and socks, just like Cille!

Hey, what could this be?
A new car!  Just like The Price is Right!

Looks cozy...
Speaking of cozy, all that excitement wore Tripp out!
A Christmas angel...
Cille thinks that the car can hold two passengers...
Stella disagrees...


Cille finally got around to trying out the slide...



Wheeee!
Check out our new can-can girl!
More Christmas fun followed.  Stay tuned!