Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Mommy.....did Santa come?

Zizi's job on Christmas Eve? = Watch for Santa!
Looks like someone was sleeping on the job!
Dahlia slept in our bed on Christmas eve, as our guests arrived a day early (yah!)
So her bedroom became the guest room.
This is Christmas morning.
Dahlia showing Milana how to slide on her bum. (So much faster, girl!)

Excited? Who....me?

Santa wrote Dahlia a letter, like every year.

Now, here is where I should have a million pictures of the kiddies ripping into their prezzies. No, I cannot join in that fun and hold a camera still too. So....I opted for the fun (and mayhem). With the addition of a 22 month old boy (my neices son) the joy and craziness factor augmented
big-time so I just tagged along for the ride.

Dahlia's two kitties. Zizi, of course and her newest - Miette - from the Three Muskateers. Interestingly, it was the only thing Dahlia kept asking for. Other than the 2009 Barbie doll which she said looked like me (yeah...I wish), that's all she wanted. She got a bit more but we did not go crazy this year.

No, really!

Time to get a bit of fresh air. Mom is waiting but maybe I'll tinkle the ivories first........

Are you coming?

Hmmm....Mom say's - good thing I'm cute!

And just to keep it real.......I present our very messy (but funfilled) family room.

....with their little cousin

...and cutie-petutie on her zebra.

...and my model....performing beautifully except for....



See this sweet dress? It was Dahlia's back in 2004 for her first Christmas with us. I don't know how many times I looked at this dress, hanging in her closet, wondering if her little sister would ever get to wear it.

Dahlia - Christmas 2004
(same dress but with a little matching bolero.)

Dahlia - Christmas 2004

Dahlia - Christmas 2004

(ummm.....change of wardrobe.....we had a little accident....)

....but we're havin' fun!

A few favorite sweets I make every year. Wouldn't be Christmas without them.

....but nothing could be sweeter!


Buckeroomama said...

So happy to see and read that you had a wonderful Christmas!

Is that a portrait that you did of Milana that I saw peeking in the background in one of the pictures?

Love Letters To China said...

Such beautiful memories. So glad the kids had a great time on Christmas morning.

I too saw the portrait in the background. Would love to know where you had that made.

Tracychele @ The Week-Ender said...

Those two are just precious! I know the feeling of seeing the younger one in the dress. I kept a ton of my now 14 year old's clothes and I absolutely love seeing the two little ones in them. It takes me back in time, if only for a moment! Time flies. Enjoy those little sweeties. Have a great day!

Our family said...

Oh Wanda, I love walking through your world! You have such an incredible way of including us into your thoughts and your humour! I love it!

Your girls are so beautiful... May your holidays continue on such sweet notes!!!


Marla said...

Gorgeous pictures, Wanda, it looks like your family had a wonderful Christmas! The treats look super yummy, feel free to share the recipes! :)

Wanda said...

Buckeroomama and Love Letter to China,

The artist(of the portrait) is me. I did this painting a few months before we got Dahlia. She was what I envisioned Dahlia would look like but really she resembles Milana more.

You can see some more of my work on my web-site at www.ode2beauty.com

Thanks fo asking!

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Hannah said...

What a wonderful Christmas! Those goodies look so yummy!!

Susie and Gordie said...

Merry Christmas to you all! Love those girls!

Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

So gorgeous photos... your girls are so adorable... such sweet faces... I am sure that they have everyone wrapped around their little fingers... hahaha...
Sorry it has been a while since dropping by... life has been crazy the last few months and due to get even crazier... take care and have a happy 2010...

Donna said...

Cracking up over Dahlia's flying leaps at the bottom of the stairs! Just a blur of excitement! I love the closeup of Milana. Gorgeous. And that red dress is so yummy! I've kept every one of my girls dresses. For some weird reason, I can't give them away like I do all the other clothes.

Okay, what's that delicious looking yummy chocolate ball thingy? :)

Our blog: Double Happiness!

Lisa said...

OH, this recap of your magical day was THE BEST!!

The pre & post photos were priceless and Dahlia's gleeful dash down the stair & around the bend was wondrous...captured beautifully!

I always smile and delight at your posts, but OH GOSH, you got me with this one....I love everything about it ~ sisters....remembrances of Christmas past....acknowledgement of our "best treasures & gifts"...and then when you mentioned the little red dress hanging & waiting for a sister(and shared the lovely pictures)......... happy tears my friend!!

I already knew your holidays would be blessed and seeing the pictures in tandem is just perfect!!

Smiling so big as I wish you a Happy New Year...I KNOW its going to be bright!!

Briana's Mom said...

Looks like you had an amazing Christmas! Love the adorable red dress. LOVE the last picture - adorable! And I love that first picture of your kitty. So cute!

Happy New Year!!!

Valerie said...

Great pictures to put in the Christmas Past Album. So sweet that you saved the dress for sissy. They both wore it beautifully. I agree with your daughter thinking you look like Barbie. Our mothers are always beautiful in the eyes of our children. I don't think my kids are delusional, I have yet to be compared to a barbie doll. I'll settle for the lady at the cafeteria who serves up the peaches. Happy New Year.

Mahmee said...

What fun you all had...and so fabulous looking while doing it too. :-) Zizi, you are the best!
Happy New Year!

Felicia said...

Looks like a magical Christmas. You can see the excitement and wonderment.

Hope you have a very Happy and Blessed 2010!!

Ellie said...

Adorable pictures! Thanks for sharing your beautiful girls Christmas with us :)

Happy 2010

Amy said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Wanda! Sorry I havent gotten back to you..I will! Your girls are live doll babies..really! Love the pics! Brings joy to my heart! xo Amy R

Dita said...

Where to BEGIN! I've been AWOL a bit from the computer but I am hoping to be back in stride soon. I missed coming over to see these beauties and when I got here it felt like I was joining right in on the fun.
I love the shots of the kids coming down the stairs and Kitty looking over....the toys, the wardrobe.......(oh, the WARDROBE...you should have your own Kids' Couture Boutique!), the little piano! Wow.....and everything so meticulously matches the decor...EVEN YOU AND ZiZi!
The girls only get more gorgeous with every passing day.
We do a letter from Santa too and leave him some Cognac (mama uses that to help write the letter!) and cookies and carrots for Rudolph and the other reindeer.
Yep, you DO look like Barbie....no Doubt...but you're much sweeter!
Oh, and you BAKE and make CONFECTIONS? Wanda....is there anything that you can't do?

Looks like an amazing holiday was had by all!

Happy New Year!