Monday, December 12, 2011

The "Cracker," Santa, and More Festivities

The holidays are such a fun, albeit hectic, time of year. I'm so enjoying having a three year old who is old enough to understand Christmas (at least a little).
 This Friday, I got to take her to see the Nutcracker at the Fox. It was super-fun to get all dressed up and go see the show in such a beautiful place, I just love the Fox and don't get many opportunities to go. This was a short showing (about an hour) that they put on just for kids. Jayci absolutely loved it, seriously loved it way more than I thought she would. Here's how things went during the show: "What's happening mommy? Now what's happening? What's going to happen next? What's that? Where did those rats go? What's happening now?" I really should have looked up the story of the Nutcracker before we went, because I was a little fuzzy on the details and may have been making things up left and right - and ended up telling her periodically to "just watch the princesses dance." Mention of princesses usually stop all the questions, at least for a little while.  We went with several friends and got lunch at a fun southern place afterwards. And can I just tell you how many souffles I chose from the menu? Four. I had four souffles for lunch.
Also, Jayci has been asking me every day if we can go back and see "the cracker." And can I also mention just how much Trouble (notice the capital "T") these two are together? On Sunday, they almost burnt the church down at the community dinner we went to. I yelled until Adam came and put the fire out. The story of our lives.
These next few pictures totally crack me up. The joys of trying to get four 3-yr-old girls together for a nice picture.

 On Saturday, we had the opportunity to go to a special Christmas party that Choa puts on for heart babies. Choa always does things right, so the party was great. And I even got to meet a sweet fellow heart-mom that I met through this blog. What a fun treat! Jayci was a little scared of Santa, so I failed at getting a picture of both kiddos sitting in his lap. Caden, however, let me take just about the cutest santa picture ever. Ever.

Also, I'd really like to thank you guys again for all your sweet encouragement and help. Navigating having a heart baby is not something I ever thought we would have to do, and it has been a blessing to have other heart mamas help me on this journey. I'm just soaking up every moment of the holiday season with our sweet little miracle. Also, I'm not biased at all when I say that I'm pretty sure he's the cutest little man ever!

Jayci is showing some worrisome signs of no longer loving having her picture taken. Which saddens my heart. However, she asked me to take her picture while she gave "baby brother a sweet kiss" the other day. I happily obliged.


  1. Wow- that IS a great Santa pic! Way to go Caden! (and momma)

  2. Becca! I love the pictures. As always, Caden just brings a huge smile to my face. Stories like his are one of the main reasons I love being a PCICU nurse.


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