Thursday, December 30, 2010

Top 10 of 2010

There are SO many pictures that I love, and even more that I like. Creating this list was a challenge for sure, but without further ado...
My 10 favorite Will pictures of 2010. Enjoy!
1. January 2010 (3 months)
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2. March 2010 (5 months)
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3. April 2010 (7 months)
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4. May 2010 (7 months)
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5. June 2010 (8 months)
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6. June 2010 (8 months)
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7. July 2010 (9 months)
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8. August 2010 (10 months)
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9. August 2010 (10 months)
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10. December 2010 (14 months)
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Sunday, December 26, 2010

The Christmas Post

Every Christmas Eve, there's Chinese food. Cue all 'Fa ra ra ra ra' jokes. It was a tradition started by my grandfather, and it dates as far back as I can remember. Fried rice and sweet and sour chicken are as much a part of my Christmas as the grinch, Frosty, and The Christmas Song.

I want it to be the same for Will.
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Looking at lights isn't necessarily a tradition, but this house is only a few streets away from my Mom's, so after dinner we had to stop. Will was in awe.
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Nothing says 'MERRY CHRISTMAS!' quite like this sign. Um....?

Christmas Eve 2010 from Carrie Harmsen on Vimeo.



Another tradition: Little Monkey will always spend Christmas Eve night in his bed. Well, maybe not always. If Mike wanted to surprise us with a trip to Bora Bora one year, I certainly wouldn't be opposed.
But for now, Daddy will read Will this special Christmas book and he will be tucked into his own bed.
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When Mike was a little kid, he had recurring nightmares of a tiger who would circle his house at night. Sometimes even coming inside his room to verbally berate him.

Unfortunately for him, Santa knew nothing of this twisted tale until yesterday afternoon. And on Christmas Eve night, Mike's worst nightmare came true.
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Hello, Mike. You're a bastard.

He swears this tiger watches him as he walks around the room. A wife with a twisted sense of humor might have some fun with this. But certainly not me.

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Will was very interested in what was under the tree, but couldn't be bothered to unwrap anything on his own.
Thanks, Aunt Becky, for an awesome book that Will adores...
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....and a too-cute Celtics shirt that Mommy and Daddy adore!
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Thanks, Auntie Kelly, for an ADORABLE chair. Turns out, it actually IS a rocking chair. Mike found the rocking blades still tucked in the box. Oops.
Photobucket Thanks, Grandma, for boatloads of goodies: sweaters, shoes, pants, and an HD television for Will's playroom!!
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And thanks for reading me this story, like, a billion times yesterday.

To the family members who gave Will $$, his college fund thanks you (as do his parents).

Last but certainly not least, Will thanks Jennifer and Ryan for making him a big cousin. We can't wait!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

A Christmas Errand

Yesterday was like a little bonus day before the holidays. An appetizer, if you will. Mike took the day off so he could attend one of Will's gym classes before the semester ends. After, we drove down the road to Downtown Fredericksburg to pick up our Christmas Day meat.

First, we did something we haven't done in awhile: Ate out. At an actual restaurant.
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And the shirt doesn't lie. Nice while we were ordering and naughty while we were waiting for our food. We're talking full on tantrum. Crying. Screaming. Staring. Then the food arrived and he had a french fry and, like magic, our little problem was solved.

There is NOTHING cuter than a quaint Downtown street decorated for Christmas and I was SO excited to take pictures. Are they over-Photoshopped? Perhaps. But tell me you like them anyway and consider it my Christmas present.
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Finally: The Meat! A prime rib is such a splurge, but SO worth it once a year.
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I fell in love with this storefront. It was so colorful and cheerful, I asked Mike to take our picture in front of it.
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This series of pictures so accurately depicts life with Will right now - no time to sit. Must. Move. Constantly.
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I still can't believe it was only a month ago we braved a 3 hour flight with this boy.

Love these two. SOOO excited to spend Christmas with them!
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Merry Christmas!
Love,
Us

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Party animal

Last weekend we went to my mom's for a Christmas party.

Here are the littlest guests. Oddly enough, they were both due on November 18, 2009.
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Will is not a shy boy. In fact, I feel like I rarely saw him. He made the rounds the entire night, sometimes using the leg of a stranger to steady himself as he walked amongst the giants.
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I'm trying to soak up every magical second of these last few days before Christmas. I love this time of year. I'm already sad thinking about next week when the tree and the presents will be just a memory.
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Friday, December 17, 2010

Winter Wonderland

File this post under - Things I'll Always Remember: First time playing in snow.

About 3 inches fell yesterday. And laugh all you want Northerners, but it was certainly enough to close local schools for a couple of days.

The unofficial title of this picture: What the hell is going on out here?
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10 minutes to get ready. 5 minutes of play. Worth every second.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

It's cold

Like, REALLY cold. So cold I find myself asking Mike, "Can we move to (insert warm place here)?" about two months earlier than I usually do. Little Monkey already has a runny nose, so I've been limiting our outings to necessary-errands-only.

But we're not going stir crazy. At least, not yet.
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I wish I could press the Pause button and enjoy this month for just a little while longer. I'm loving having the house decorated for Christmas. I imagine how magical a big tree sitting in your living room sporting twinkly lights and dangly objects must be to a one year old. He loves it. And I love watching him love it.
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Dancing with the snowman. And a basting brush.

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Stealing his favorite ornament.
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The reason why bulbs of two of my six window candles are permanently dead.

After months of "Where's your nose?" and "Where's your tummy?" Will finally knows the answer. Although, he really loves finding MY tummy. He lifts up my shirt and wants to rub his face on it. It's the same thing he does with his soft, squishy stuffed animals. Guess I know what my New Year's resolution is.

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Poor Ellie. Before Will came along we used to take her to the groomer's for her $50 haircuts. She also paid the occasional visit to doggy daycare. And I would call during my lunchbreak and say things like, "I brought her sweater - the Gap one with the stripes - just incase you think she's chilly." Oh, how things have changed.

Yesterday we gave Ellie a bath. She hates it, but can't even muster a fight. She's so utterly pathetic.
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Chewie and Will were totally taunting her.
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So for now we're huddled up in the house (with snow in tomorrow's forecast). Counting down the days to Xmas!