i hope you all had a wonderful christmas and new years eve. i apologize for not posting for a while. every weekend in december was a busy one! the weekend after aubrey's baptism was my niece's baby shower. she is having a boy and is due in march! then, of course, the weekend after that was christmas, and before i knew it, it's almost 3 weeks since my last post!
christmas eve, we went to 3 different houses to celebrate! first we went to keith's father's house. we opened our presents and spent some time there. i got some good-smelling candles from bath & body works (kitchen spice & moonlight pomegranate) and a giftcard to michael's (which i already used, obviously! i love my crafts!). aubrey got quite a few toys and outfits. after that, we went to my sister's house for presents and dinner. i finally got some cushions for my rocking chair! it is much more comfy to sit in now. after we left there, we went to keith's stepmother's brother's house. we played rock band (i even sang! nothing too hard, just the ramones & another song that i can't remember right now). we got home around 11 and aubrey slept through til 6am when i woke her up to open presents.
santa was very good to us this year! after presents, we packed up the car, picked up keith's sister christina, and started on our 4 hour journey up to maine. we stopped at a gas station to fill up before hitting the highway and they were giving away free iced coffee (i know, i know, iced coffee at a gas station? but it is REALLY GOOD coffee. better than dunkin's, in my opinion!) so i pretended like i had a car full of people that wanted coffee when i went in and got more than just one :)
when we walked into keith's mother's house she was sitting at her dining room table. when she saw us, she got up and ran over to us and gave us hugs and started crying. i'm so glad that we could surprise her like that. she grabbed aubrey right away and brought her over to open presents. she got her that recordable 'twas the night before christmas' book that hallmark put out this year, which is great because now aubrey will be able to recognize her grandma's voice even though we don't see her often. we stayed until about 10am on sunday and then came back home.
a few (of many!) christmas pictures:
aubrey and the build-a-bear santa brought for her. matching outfits!
we had a nice new years eve, too. i gave aubrey a bath in the new inflatable rubber duckie tub i got her! she's getting too big for her new tub (did i mention, she is now 17.5 lb and 26.5" long!?
aubrey must've known it was a special occasion, because she just did not want to sleep! finally around 10pm we decided to go over to keith's dad's to bring in the new year.
this week is going to be a pretty busy one, as well. aubrey's little cousin peyton is coming up to visit from georgia! we haven't met her yet and we are so excited to see her and keith's brother and wife. i will definitely be posting pictures! we are also in the process of rearranging and cleaning our apartment top to bottom, so expect pictures from that soon too!
i wish you all a year that is full of laughter, fun and of course, love! after getting married and being blessed with a beautiful, healthy little girl, i know 2009 will be a tough year to follow, but i am excited to see what 2010 holds for me & my family!