Time to decorate. Elle was a good helper for about 10 minutes. She redecorates our tree daily as well. All "Elle approved" ornaments are at the bottom of the tree and the pretty ones are at the top. I think our tree is a little top heavy this year!
Looking for the perfect spot for her "peanut" ornament. We always call her our peanut..fitting
Found it! It has since moved about 10 times.
We headed to Irvine park for the Christmas light display. You can walk or drive through. Elle is so in love with Christmas lights that I thought she would enjoy walking through. She did and screamed when we left! I am a little nervous about January...we won't have anything to look at when driving home from daycare! Seriously, the girl is a hawk for "Frosty and Santa"!!!
The first weekend in December, I braved the 3 hour trip to Oconto Falls by myself to meet up with my ladies, their kids and a few moms! I planned 4 hours for our trip, an hour stop to play and eat at McDonald's. Well our 1 hour stop turned into 2 hours.....making our overall trip 5 hours. Why 2 hours? Elle is shy (she didn't get that from me!) and won't play in play areas when there are LOUD, older children. When we got there, there was only 1 girl and her dad, perfect. Well, more kids, loud kids, came in before Elle was done eating. So she couldn't even eat. Finally the kids left, Elle ate and then wanted to play. We have now been at McDonald's from 1 1/2 hours - time for me to go potty. 3 of us in a stall at McDonald's. Not something I want to do anytime again soon! Get to the car and change 2 poopie diapers (one a blow out, thank you Elise). Now I still have to nurse Elise! Seriously...but I wanted Elle to eat and play so that she slept the rest of the way and SHE DID!!!
5 hours later, we arrived to a house full of girls! Thank you for hosting Cheryl! Elle and Cami (who are only 4 weeks apart) played with Grandma Cheryl's barn.
Baby Audrey (3months old) (left) and Baby Kate (6months old) (right) were talking!
Adele was in heaven snuggling Elise!
Liza got in a snuggle with Elle!
Silly cowgirl, riding the plastic horse! It was so great to see all of my ladies and kids! At one point there were 3 of us nursing kids. Beth's moms comment was the best - 10 years ago we were nursing hangovers and now onto children! Ha. Its the truth!
Back home... some nights both girls scream at the same time. How do you handle it? Well, Dave gets his radio head phones that he wears while cutting the grass. Nice.
St. Nick stopped by the Rueber house. We must have to good girls this year. When I was a kid, we always put our shoes by the back door. Elle got so many treats, St. Nick put them in a bag!
What was in the bag? A Rudolph nose that lights up (picture isn't showing it)...
new playdough tools, "lipstick" (strawberry lip gloss), a coloring book, and fun socks!
Elise got new pacifiers and pacifier clips....not nearly as exciting as Elle's!
December 9th was a big day for Elise. Not only did she turn 2 months old, but she was baptized. And of course our first snow storm came that morning! (a foot of snow by the end of the storm) I was a wreck all morning, everyone.had.to.travel! I wanted everyone to be safe, but I wanted everyone there too! I am happy to report that everyone made it here and home safely. It just took everyone a little longer! Thank you to all of our family for braving the weather! We have now crossed this weekend off for the Wamboldt family - 2 years ago, it was Amy's baby shower where 20+ inches of snow fell! Not a good weekend for our family.
With Gramma in the hosptial, we had the iPad so that Gramma and Grampa could be a part of the day. I don't typically bring it to church and allow Elle to play with it! I was very emotional right before the baptism began. I was so glad that everyone made it and that Maureen has "portable" wi-fi so that Gramma and Grampa could witness this special day in Elise's life!
Elise was excellent, not a peep and she slept through the whole thing!
Elle was tired and played with all of the toys...again I don't let her play with my phone during church. I had it out because of the weather
Love this! Kisses for Aiden!
Elise woke up after the service and was a happy girl!
Our little family!
Elise's God parents Adam & Amy and Jeff & Sue
Papa Bill, Sue and the kids!
Papa Coach and Grandma Maureen.
Playing before lunch was ready. Elle was screaming because she had to watch the Viking game....
(I actually have no clue why she is screaming, but I do when I have to watch the Vikings!)
So this is what it was doing ALL day of the baptism. We headed outside after dinner to play!
Teaching Elle how to make a snow angel.
Helping daddy shovel...
Hmm...maybe I should use my wheelbarrow?
Too much snow, it got stuck!
Elise May is 2months old already! Where has the time gone????
Elise is now smiling lots (still trying to catch it on camera!). She is also sleeping through the night!! Horray!
Monday was a snow day for schools in the area. As you can tell, the snow was past Elle's knees!
She's going down.....
and she couldn't get up...
Reagan was out playing too!
Back inside, we needed to warm up with some hot chocolate!
Sister snuggles are the best. Lets just hope they always like each other this much and will continue to sit this close... sometimes! :)
If you are just finding this new blog link, please continue to read. There is a thanksgiving entry below! Look at that...two updates in one day! That's a record....okay just me panicking because I am so behind! :)
With one week until Christmas, it is operation wrap at this house! I am going to enjoy my last days of leave....gulp! I cringe just thinking about doing ALL of this and working. But I have to remember, I am not the first working mother of two. It HAS been done before! :) It will just take some adjusting!