So this morning we bundled Miss Raya all up (first time in her snowsuit actually leaving the house! haha) and we were off down the road!
|I'm sooo excited Mama...this will be fun!|
|"This frickin' blows"|
Once we got there Daddy led Raya "over the river and through the woods" (actually it was a pond, but you get the idea :-P) to find that perfect tree!
|So stinkin' cute!|
You may remember last year's trip to the tree farm....we had Miss Raya pose with a tree just her size!
So this year I wanted to do the same thing....you know Mama's always thinking about those cute photo-ops! Well, Miss Raya thought this was pretty much the worst idea ever and she succeeded in making this year's tree pic a doozy...
|"This is humiliating Mama!"|
At this point I decided I better find the perfect tree and FAST! ....b/c the little diva had officially decided she wanted to be a scrooge! :-) Well people, then I saw it....that perfect tree...all 7 feet of it...
Totally lovely right?!
Miss Raya approved....although at this point she approved of whatever got us out of there the fastest!
Time to pose with Daddy too!
|"....I'll close my eyes and think 'there's no place like home, there's no place like home'..."|
|You better not expect ME to carry that back to the car Daddy!|
Unfortunately though I turned away for 1 second and look back to find that Raya had fallen face first in the snow! When I picked her up she had snow stuck to her face and candy cane juice all over her face....with a sad tiny peice of broken cane still clutched in her sticky fist
But then Daddy used snow to clean her up and she was all better!
....but she still thought the whole experience was overrated
Mama had fun though!!!!! :-)
When we got home we decorated the tree....Miss Raya, no surprise, loved the lights!
Isn't our tree beautiful?! :-) ....unfortunately the true beauty of all the lights cannot be captured on film :-P
So LAST year at this time Raya had just recently learned to sit unassisted. I had so much fun taking pics of her in front of the Christmas tree b/c I'd just plop her there and snap away. Ahhhhh, those were the days....
|I'm realizing now that the pretty glitter "balls" on the tree in this picture are not on our current tree!|
I knew I was missing something! haha...better go in the basement and find them :-)
|Looks like she's having all the fun you'd have during Christmas in prison or something :-P|
Aren't her holiday jeans cute? :-)
So all in all another memorable Christmas tree experience! :-) If you want to re-live last years Christmas tree extravaganza journal entry you can read it here: http://rayamarie.livejournal.com/34712.html She's grown so much in one year!!! Can't wait to take Brielle along on next year's tree hunt....although we'll have to find a new tree farm to visit since we won't be living here anymore!
And to end, this morning I also attempted to get pictures for this year's Christmas card. Lee and I decided we weren't really up for doing a family photo...with the dogs and Raya and us it's just nearly impossible to get a good one of everyone, and the thought of trying made us tired :-P So I decided to do a little photoshoot with Raya and hope that I could come up with something salvageable! Well I'm not going to share the actual Christmas card I ordered b/c I want people who recieve it to be a little surprised (but I will say my total was almost $70, but once I entered my glorious coupon code for writing that blog entry about Shutterfly my bill was $0!!) ....but here are some of the "reject" photos from our card attempt....
As expected she was whiny and uncooperative ...honestly, doesn't it look like she wants to punch me in this one?!
....and she didn't like my other outfit options any better either! :-P
So keep your expectations for this year's holiday card low haha....she maintained throughout our photo session that this was pretty much the low point of her short little life thus far :-P
Merry Christmas!! :-)
...and now later Mommy and Daddy get to attend Lee's work Xmas party while Miss Raya plays at Erin's house for the night! Raya hasn't seen those twin boys forever, (and now Erin's new baby!), so I hope she behaves herself!!!!