Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas 2007

We were awakened this morning by a gleeful squeal from our oldest daughter. She came bounding into our room shouting "Santa came!!" We quickly jumped out of bed to try and catch some video of she and Blake walking into the living room full of gifts. I had to practically hold down Arabella as she was so excited to go get her Brother Bear and show him what Santa had left. We had a picture perfect morning of opening gifts. Everyone has been steadily entertained by all of their new toys and gadgets - and Mommy has kept busy trying to keep up with all the boxes and wrapping that had taken over our living room. The day could only be more perfect if our family was here to enjoy it with us. We miss you and love you.

Monday, December 24, 2007

A Weekend of Firsts...








We had Olivia's first weekend at Mount Shasta, Blakey's first time to ski and Mommy, Blakey and Arabella's first time to ice skate. I am happy to report that all went very well. We stayed at the Mount Shasta resort which has these really fantastic Chalets right on the lake. They are really neat little cabins complete with kitchens and bedrooms. The kids actually thought they were neater than the ice skating or skiing put together. Ice skating was really neat as it was an outdoor rink right up on the mountain. Santa even showed up with Mrs Clause and skated for a bit. I was a bit tentative about trying it as it was my first time ever and I suffered a broken toe on Friday night (a small incident with the kids and tripping), but it was a lot of fun...no spills or anything. I actually thought it was pretty easy probably because I have rollerbladed. Arabella kept looking for the Ice Skater Princesses, but she had to settle for Mommy. Blakey was hilarious on the skis. I think he is going to be Daddy's little buddy on the slopes in the coming years. As for Livvy, she was just the same as always, smiling and taking it all in. The kids are pretty wound up for Santa to come tonight. Tomorrow should be tons of fun.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Get In...


This is a very old picture of my baby boy (he was 3 months old), but one of my favs from the past, and I have a Blakey story to share. He & I were in Arabella's room the other night cleaning up before bed time. He came across one of her mini photo albums and pulled out a picture of me when I was 8 month pregnant with Arabella after my baby shower with my Mom touching my large belly. He immediately pointed at my Mom and said, "GiGi". I said, "Yes, and that is Mommy when I was pregnant with Arabella. See - there is a baby in my belly. That was your big sissy." "Sis?" he replied. "Yes, she was in Mommy's belly, you were in Mommy's belly and so was Livvy. Remember, Livvy was in my belly and then she came out?" His reply was to pat my belly and say "Baby?" I said, "No, no baby right now." He then looked at me with those big blue eyes, then back at my belly - lifted my shirt up and said, "Get in" and proceeded to put his head under my shirt in an effort to climb back in. It was so sweet and sincere. I think I would let my little Blakey back in until the end of time if I could. I love him so much.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Like Father, Like Son


This was one of those moments that turned Mommy to mush. Blakey wore his first tie to a Christmas party last Friday night. As I watched Daddy dressing up his Big Boy, my eyes welled with tears. It was the sweetest thing. I could see flashes of my son as a man in that moment next to his father. What lucky little boy to have such a wonderful man as his role model.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Tis the Season...

Tis the season for parties, and we had a family one to attend last night. We managed to get everyone into a family photo in front of our own tree before we left and got some smiles out of it. We are finally winding up all the parties for the year, and I can say although it has been fun, I am glad. I am ready to stay at home and snuggle with the kids.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

If You Cover Your Face...


If you cover your face and close your eyes, Santa won't be able to see you...or so it was for our 2 year old son, Blake. I have to hand it to him though - he did not cry at all. He eventually took his hands off of his eyes in exchange for 2 candy canes and even muttered out "MeMo" (for Nemo) as his gift of choice. We better hope Santa comes up with some Nemo...

Monday, December 3, 2007

M.I.A.

We have had a whirlwind month of November in the Buxa household - so much so that I have not even had a moment to post anything on here. I am not sure that December will be any calmer, but we are all alive and well. We visited San Francisco for a long weekend at the beginning of the month and then journeyed to Texas for Thanksgiving. The kids were great on the plane - Olivia passed her "how to be a good baby while flying" test. She was wonderful - which puts our mind at ease that we will have a smooth flight with the 3 of them to Hawaii in February. Our babies are just growing into bigger little people everyday. Arabella suddenly knows no stranger, Blakey is talking up a storm and little Livvy Brynn has joined in on the chatfest. We are going to have a chatty household for the next few years. Life is good.