Saturday, December 31, 2011

At Our House Since Christmas...

we went for bike rides in only jackets. When is it ever over 50 degrees in December?

We babysat this cutie for a few hours

Ian and I put together his caterpillar puzzle.

Ian spelled words on his word slammer.

Annaliese smiled really big, making her 'scrunchie' face.

Peek-a-boo behind the blinds.

Had some upset moments

Ian successfully made not one, but two peanut butter and honey sandwiches on his own.

Dressed up like a cowboy and rode on Bullseye.

Collins Christmas

Monday brought a slower pace to life and no car rides over 12 minutes.  We ate breakfast with my parents and then headed to spend time with Darrin's family.  Annaliese wouldn't let go of her baby doll and Ian had fun playing memory with Grandpa on the Kindle Fire.  Later that evening, when all the aunts, uncles, and cousin were there, we opened presents.  

Ian waiting to pass out presents

Annaliese excited for the ball in her stocking. Both she and Ian got one and they have been thrown around our  house a lot since we've been home.

Another thing that's gotten a lot of use- the aprons that were in the kids' stockings.  They put them on, then use the towels that were in the pockets to 'clean' their toy kitchen and table.

Ian opening the motorcycles from his great aunt Deb and great uncle Pat

Annaliese's barn with animals from them.

Playing peek-a-boo with the towel.
 And then the battery died in our camera. But Santa knew what he was doing when he gave one to Ian for Christmas, so we borrowed it.
Annaliese and her cash register

She immediately started coloring when she opened all the art supplies from both sets of aunts and uncles.

Ian asked for a drum, but he's even more excited about the harmonica, which has been played a lot more than the drum.

And this has nothing to do with opening presents, but is too cute not to share. On the way back to Omaha, Annaliese would hold her doll up to the window and say, "See. See." over and over.  LOVED IT!

It was a whirlwind time for Christmas this year with it on a weekend, but the kids really loved all their gifts.  Now back home, they've ALL been played with and I'm sure you'll see them popping up in more pictures through 2012.

Warnecke Christmas

Christmas at Great Billie's was a typical Christmas; tons of food to snack on, lots of family to visit and play with, many games of Foosball, everyone's stocking hung by the chimney, a visit from Santa Claus, and LOTS and LOTS of presents.

Stockings for all Great Billie's grandkids, spouses/significant others, and great-grandkids
Annaliese and Makenna play peek-a-boo
Dining with Layton for lunch
There always seems to be someone wrestling in the basement- it has a lot of floor space

Intense game of Foosball
The look of amazement on Annaliese's face as Santa Claus walked in
Ian passing out presents from Santa
Annaliese wouldn't sit on his lap, but she was comfortable enough to go and get presents from the big man
Before Santa came, Annaliese was pushing around a baby in the stroller.  Then she decided to load all her presents in it.

The baby doll she's holding was from Santa, and she has taken it with her everywhere.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Doerscher Christmas

After we opened gifts at our house, cleaned up, and ate breakfast, we loaded up the car and headed to Davenport for Christmas with my dad's side of the family.  We usually do just extended family at that time, but this year, because of scheduling, we had to open presents from my parents and sister there as well.  

Annaliese and Ian with their large grill from Aunt Cara and Uncle Shawn

Annaliese with her pots and pans. They've already been put to use in the play kitchen.

Ian excited for the police car that goes with his rescue squad set.

Christmas book from grandma and grandpa- both the regular and the greats.  We got two books, perfect for two kids who love to read, because now they won't fight over it!

Guess Who from Cara and Shawn.  After only 4 or 5 games, I was surprised at how well Ian was asking the questions and understanding my responses to know which tiles to knock down.  As someone who grew up playing the game, love the addition of the pets side, much harder than the people to narrow down options.
Oliver and the wooden blocks we gave him.

CLOTHES!  Most likely Annaliese's favorite gift, she carried them around with her and wanted to change into them.

My sister and I attempting to put together Oliver's present.

Oliver's firehouse car ramp is all together and the kids had a blast sending the cars Ian got down the slide.  

It was great sharing the Christmas with our extended family.  I gave my parents a photo album with pictures of my dad and his siblings when they were little and everyone enjoyed looking through them and sharing stories, and I so enjoyed hearing them.   Thanks again, everyone for the gifts, the kids (and Darrin and I) love them and have already played with most of them!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Advent Calendar Dec. 23 and Our Christmas

The tag for the 23 read, "Open your Christmas pajamas."  Before we did that, though, the kids and I enjoyed a day home together. We finished frosting the sugar cookies (Annaliese only cared about eating them), played lots of Disneyland Adventures (so much so that I had trouble walking the next few days thanks to the Matterhorn), and finally drove to see the lights, though Ian fell asleep before we even made it through the first neighborhood.  Before the kids went to bed that night we opened up our new pajamas.

Annaliese enjoying her cookie

Frosting cookies can be messy!

About the only cool thing we saw looking at lights. 

Ian walked into our room Christmas Eve morning (which was actually our Christmas) around 6 and told us he had to go to the bathroom.  He has never done this, knowing he can always just go on his own.  He stood around for awhile, even with Darrin telling him to go several times.  We both knew what he really wanted- to go look at the presents. He never got up the courage to ask, so he used the restroom like he asked and returned to his room.  He went back to the bathroom again around 7:15, this time without asking, and ran quickly to our room when finished to tell us, "Santa came already! And the stockings are so full he had to set them on the floor!" 

The excitement that I always waited to see finally showed this year.  He ran down the stairs as fast as he could and started digging through all the presents.  Luckily he complied and waited for the obligatory shot of all of us in front of the tree with our new pajamas.  He was a bit disappointed after opening the first gift, because every other gift he found was for Annaliese (his was hiding in the back).  She, on the other hand, could have cared less about opening the presents.  Most of the time we would have to start one for her, and then when she got a glimpse of what was inside, she'd tear into the package.  Ian still has to learn that Santa doesn't bring everything on the list; we've told him several times this season Santa only brings three presents because that's how many the Wise Men brought Jesus.  Telling him that again didn't help to squelch his disappointment, but then he opened the dress-up box from Mommy and Daddy, and Santa's list was forgotten.  Annaliese was so enthralled with her second gift that her last gift, the dollhouse, didn't even get opened until the dress-up box had been completely checked out, and the opening of it took a lot of coaxing.  And then when the dollhouse was opened, it was the only thing she and Ian played with until we left for Davenport.

Annual Christmas picture of all of us in new pj's.

Ian super excited to find fruit snacks in his stocking.
Annaliese tearing into her first gift from Santa, with her books from us around her.

Ian super excited about getting his camera, with a note inside to share with Mommy and Daddy

Ian crawling under the tree to get my present he hid in back.

The writing on my present.  Darrin told him to write, "To Mom" so Ian wrote mom two times. Love that!

Opening the dress-up box

Annaliese couldn't get out of her pj's fast enough to put on her dress-up shoes.  She didn't care much about the pretty dresses in the box, though.

Ian modeling his cowboy outfit. That vest went with him on our entire trip to Iowa and, for the most part, he only took it off to eat and sleep.

And his pirate outfit (hat to come later)

Annaliese super excited to open her dollhouse