Saturday, December 31, 2016

New Year's Eve

With so many of the Camp family members in town, we gathered for a celebration at Grandma's house.  Amy requested a Thanksgiving dinner (since she was in India and her attempt to recreate the traditional foods didn't quite work out), and it was fun to have the traditional foods again.  Why do we only eat that menu once a year?  Oh, yeah, because it is a lot of work to create it.  But so delicious!

Travis is not a fan of pictures...

Robyn had the idea to get us all on What'sApp so we could text and call Amy overseas for free.  Mom is funny and shared this message.

We rang in the New Year about 8 o'clock and then headed home. 

Cece loved the sparkling juices.  She drank her glass and both of her sister's glasses.

At home, snuggled up, and ready for bed.  Happy New Year!

Friday, December 30, 2016

December 26 - 30

Snow at Christmastime = perfect sledding opportunities.  The girls wore their new hats and mittens from Aunt Jonette and broke in their new sleds.  

10 minutes of preparation. 2 big sisters helping the 'baby' (who is not a baby anymore!). Approximately 6.128743 minutes of sledding. 1 face plant. Totally worth it. 

My favorite picture -- Cece's face was so squished!

We always get as much Amy time as we can when she comes to the States to visit.  Currently she is living in New Delhi, India.

Found this random fact and took a screen shot to show Amy, since one of her favorite foods has always been Cheerios.

More Lego fun.

This is what happens when the baby decides she wants to wash herself, and she dumps half of the bottle into the water.  And then big sister decides to run the jets.

We had a great visit with Albert and Kanisha, playing at University Mall and exchanging Christmas presents.

Ellie loved these trees and spent almost the whole time climbing back and forth.

Lynlee's favorite present were these super soft and comfy, "baby" Star Wars pajamas.

Looking all fancy for her NAET appointment.

Ellie has claimed this little nook for her dolls and plays there almost every day.

Sunday, December 25, 2016


I snuck downstairs and took pictures of Santa's presents late, late on Christmas Eve.  Santa tries really hard to only bring 3 presents (a main present, a book, and the stocking with a movie and some candy) and he is getting better at being close to that mark.  He managed to have 5 presents this year.  Maybe he will hit that 3 present ideal next year.

The sleds were from mom and dad, but were too big to wrap.  Because they were left out, we had a hard time convincing the girls they were not from Santa as well.

I love having Christmas on Sunday.  We got all ready in our Christmas dresses and enjoyed going to church.

 Then we came home and got ready to go downstairs for presents.  I was trying to get pictures on my phone (to text to birth parents) and on the real camera, so it was a fun mix.

They loved the American Girl Dolls that Santa brought, and we all thought it was pretty cool that Cece's doll has hearing aids (that look pretty close to her cochlear implants).

Ellie, especially, was over the moon excited.  She had been asking Santa for an AG doll for months.

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After the Santa presents were played with, we had a good time unwrapping presents.  We also try to stick to the 3 present idea, and Mommy got pretty close this year.  The girls got some new clothes, including outfits that matched their dolls, and some legos (for the big girls) and playdough sets (for Cece), and some more books.  There are always too many presents because we have so many people who love these girls and spoil them!

A note on Cece's hair:  we did her up all pretty for church, but it was still wet.  She laid down with her head on Lynlee's lap during the program at church, and Lynlee played with her hair.  It was a really sweet moment between them, that led to this awesome, frizzy hair style.

 Santa brought them sticker earrings, and some clip-on earrings.  Lynlee has been begging to get her ears pierced, but we are telling her she needs to wait until she's 12.  Santa thought this would be a fun compromise.

One of my very favorite moments was when Ellie read her doll a story.

After getting some food, Ellie immediately built her new legos.

The sleds work great, even indoors! 

Christmas is so magical, for so many reasons.  What a wonderful day to celebrate Jesus' birth, and the joy of giving to those we love.


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