Last few Christmas pictures

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Oliver's first Christmas

His favorite part was just all the one on one attention.

Looking serious...

Checking out the new rattles

Attacked by a sock monkey (thanks Uncle Matt and Holly)

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Open presents!

Charlotte was very into "open presents!" (and a bit bossy about it too). She unwrapped both her and her brothers gifts. A few of Grandpa John's too.

New cars from Aunt Carri... one of her favorites this year

New puzzle

Reading a card from Great Grandma and Grandpa

Showing Oli her car wash

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So much for the cute picture of the matching PJs

Getting a picture of the two of them together is not easy

especially on Oli
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Christmas Day

Santa was very generous this year

Oli and the new sign for his and Charlotte's room.

Opening blocks... each new toy had to be played with before moving on to the next present. It took over four hours to get through everything, even then we rushed her through the last few cause it was nap time.

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Cookies for Santa

On Christmas Eve, Charlotte and I baked cookies for Santa.

All done

The ones Charlotte picked out for Santa (and a carrot for the Reindeer)

What we found Christmas morning, Charlotte quickly volunteered to finish the cookies for Santa. No such interest in the carrot.

Later in the day, we told Charlotte she had to eat some orange before she could have another cookie. Her response, "Charlotte cookie! Reindeer orange!" Apparently since we don't have a dog, the reindeer are good candidates for pawning off unwanted fruit and veggies on.
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Ho ho ho!

Charlotte got to catch up with Santa on Saturday at Frying Pan Park. It was freezing, hence her pink nose.

Charlotte's loving the Christmas season so far. Jingle Bells is a giant hit as is the chocolate in the advent calendar every night.
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Charlotte's 2nd Birthday

Charlotte celebrated her second birthday yesterday in style.

After breakfast, she rocked out to the Beatles

And taught her doll to dance too

Then we went to her party at the At Play Cafe where appropriately, Charlotte got to play.

Daddy helping during the art project. The kids painted caterpillars.

Oli just checking everything out.

Flirting with Grandma and Grandpa

And his new girlfriend, Reese.

The amazing cake that Aunt Carri made for Charlotte (sorry about the odd angle...)

Singing Happy Birthday

Eating "Happy Birthday CAKE!"

After the party (and nap time) Charlotte got to open all those new birthday presents with Grandpa and Grandma Findley

Playing with her new kitchen

After dinner she had a second round of birthday cake

Overall, it was an excellent day. Thanks to everyone who joined us and especially the Grandpa John for giving Charlotte the party at At Play and Aunt Carri for making the cake. Charlotte's a lucky little girl to have everyone celebrate with her.

A final slide show with all the photos (some blatantly stolen from Grandpa John)


Charlotte Eats Cheerios

When Charlotte saw us taping Oli this morning, she wanted to be filmed too. Hence the thrilling footage of her eating cheerios, counting, and various other musings.

WDW Videos

We didn't get a whole lot of video on the trip, but here are a few clips:

Oliver Smiles

It's hard to capture them, but here are a few of Oli's smiles.


Chunky Monkey

I'll do Oli's 2 month pictures soon (it happened to be the day Charlotte got sick at WDW, so haven't gotten a chance yet). But I snapped these pictures today which really show how fast he's growing.

Here's the day he came home from the hospital for comparison...

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Checking out his big sis

Just in the last few days he's really started to coo, smile, and even giggle a lot more often. Haven't been able to capture it on film yet, but here's a half smirk.

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