Santa, Cookies, and All Things Merry 2011


Each Christmas gets more and more exciting with my son. This is the first year that Little Lewie understood the concept of Santa Claus, knew how to unwrap gifts on his own, and vocalized passionately about how much he loved his presents. Even more, we were able to do some fun things together and start, hopefully, some long-lasting Christmas traditions...

The day before Christmas Eve, we went to Christmas Village and saw Santa Claus.  Lewie didn't know how to answer when Santa asked him what he wanted for Christmas.  Finally, as a last ditch effort, he said "toys."

Lewie was able to meet Rudolf too!

Still thinking about the Santa Claus question...

We practically had Christmas Village to ourselves...mostly because this was the last day.

Posing in front of the Christmas house...

One of the decorations Lewie used as a punching bag over and over.  Thankfully, no one saw him.
 Last year he was afraid of these things.  This year he's doing Karate chops.

Making Christmas cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve.

"This is hard work Mommy.  When do I get to eat them?"

"Just a little taste..."  Actually, I had to keep telling him not to eat the dough. 
If it was up to him, he'd eat it all.

Using our moon cookie-cutter.

Lewie's picture of me.

Lewie's artistic picture of our cookies.  I swear he's better at photography than me.

All dressed up for Christmas Eve with the fam.

Milk and cookies for Santa.

Santa's Note.  (He left some cookie behind for proof that he ate them.)

Presents after Santa's visit.  (We had a real tree this year!)

Christmas morning.  He couldn't wait to try out his Smart Cycle.  (It's like he has his own stationary bike at home!)

"Here I go!!"

Intrigued by his Santa presents...

Just being Lewie...

More gifts to open on my mom's side of the house...

Christmas Day picture in front of my mom's tree.

Visiting my best friend Mary Ann who came up from New Jersey. 
(She's on the left, and her sister-in-law is in the middle.)

Eating pizza at the kiddy table.

Little Lewie and the kids playing...

This Christmas was definitely one for the records.  It was nice spending quality time with our family and friends and nice to watch the magic unfold before Lewie's eyes.  I was really proud of our little boy.  He accepted all of his gifts graciously with a big "Thank you" and hugs for everyone.  In fact, he loved his gifts so much, he wanted time to play with each one.  Therefore, we "spaced out" the gift giving, so he wasn't bombarded all at once. 

The most memorable part of the weekend was when my mom gave him her gift on Christmas Eve--a Little People Wheelies Stand n' Play Rampway.  One of his friends had this toy, so he knew what it was right away.  He yelled, "Thank you, thank you, thank you.  Oh thank you very much."  It was one of those moments that I didn't get to capture on film, but I'll never forget.


  1. Great pictures! YOu gotta love little people they simply deliver hours upon hours of fun! Happy New Year!

  2. Merry Christmas! Lewie couldn't look sweeter than in his cute Christmas outfit! We had a lot of fun this year too - so different than last year for sure! His reaction to your mom's gift is priceless!

  3. Seriously, Lil Lewie is gifted with the camera. I can't believe how good his shots are! It looks like you had such a great Christmas! I remember how scared he was of those last year. I am SO glad to hear he has progressed to karate chopping them ;) And Mooooom, the cookie DOUGH is the best part!

  4. how cute are those pictures! What a precious Christmas for all of you and LOVE that y'all met Rudolph, I've never met Rudolph and I'm in my 30's!! Happy New Year to you and your beautiful family :)

  5. It sounds like you had a great Christmas! Each year gets better and better :) This year was so much fun with Scotty! Can't wait to see what next year will bring!


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