Smaller cheeks . . . bigger personality. (Christmas 2015 vs 2016)
This elf dress was my favorite.
We went to Bass Pro to meet Santa. She was pretty convinced she didn't want to sit on his lap but she did and after about 30 seconds she calmed down. This is her calm face :).
Her dad wore that sweatshirt as a little boy.
Telling Yoda all about the tree (or actually probably telling me to sit and look at the tree with them).
Top and bottom pictures are the same just different perspectives :).
Dancing with Grandma
I love that she is riding on his back.
I love that her pajamas match Christmas Bear so well!
Presents with Grandma, Grandpa and Uncle Bob!
Airplane from Bob!
She loves rocking chairs and insists that you sit and rock as well.
Linnea loved trying to sit in this little rocking chair.
Now that we have Linnea I get it. I loved the 2 hours we had with just the three of us opening presents and hanging out together. Life is just more fun with her. Oh how I wish those of you longing for babies could get just a small glimpse of the other side. The wait SUCKS but it is totally worth it. So, so very worth it on the other side. Maybe your other side involves medical help, adoption, fostering or some other plan but please don't give up. I'm here if you need to chat! (Stepping off of soap box now . . .)
Just the 3 of us on Christmas morning!
I gave Linnea a baby for Christmas. I LOVED babies as a little girl and I wanted to pick one out for her. I had very specific requirements (eyes must open and close, mouth must be open for a bottle and it needs to be cute . . . harder than you might think but I found one).
Jake got her a dump truck that you can put together and take apart with a screwdriver. She figured it out pretty quick!
This video is about 1:30 but you have to watch it to see Jake's reaction to Linnea. It is so funny!
We had dinner on Christmas night at Jake's parents' house. Linnea had a fever on top of a cold that she had been dealing with for about a week. All she wanted was her mama, fine by me!
Sometimes you just need to lie down on your mama and look at the tree together.
We were supposed to go to Oklahoma on December 26th to see Jake's cousins but Jake and Linnea were both sick so we stayed home. We were super bummed! I really like hanging out with that side of the family and we only see them once a year.
Annie, Stephen and the boys arrived around dinner time on the 26th. We spent the 27-28th with them and had a great time.
Cousins! (Same picture different cameras . . .that happened a few times on this trip.)
She had several presents to open but she kept playing with this plastic bag full of our wrapping paper trash.
Janzen Family 2016
Enjoying the sun!
Sometimes even angels need to shave . . .
What do angels say? Linnea's Grandma Janet taught her that angels say "Glooooooria".
This red nightgown was made for Janet (Linnea's grandma) by Janet's grandma Lillie Johnson (her mom's mom). So Linnea's great great grandma made it 65 years ago.
Jake got his slot car track out and we had lots of fun! Most of the time we could only go around the track 3-4 times before falling off. Nathan sat down, picked up the control and did 35 laps without falling off. The next time he tried and did 63 laps. We were all impressed!
On the 29th we went to Valley Center to hang out with two of my roommates and their kids.
Sometimes Buzz Lightyear needs to use a cash register.
Buzz Lightyear rides on the rollercoaster.
On Friday, December 30th we celebrated Christmas with my side of the family.
An owl from Aunt Lindsay, Uncle Aaron and cousins Avery, Jocelyn and Connor.
Grandma got the big girls pajamas with matching pjs for their bunnies and horse. These pjs were a hit! The girls put them on soon after opening them and wore them all day!
This year was my year to decide what the adults did as far as exchanging gifts. I decided instead of buying a gift (because we all have too much stuff) we would be paired up and spend time together before Christmas. I was paired up with my dad. We went to lunch, played Laser tag, drove indoor go carts and then visited his work. It was a LOT of fun. During our family Christmas we shared pictures of our "dates".
Family picture 2016