Thursday, December 27, 2012

Christmas 2012

We had a fantastic Christmas! John had to work Christmas Eve so I read LeAnne The Christmas Story and Twas the Night Before Christmas then tucked her into bed around 7:30pm.  She got up at 5:30am on Christmas morning.  I came down first so I could take a video of her to show daddy later. She was very excited to see Santa had been to our house. He left her a stocking filled with goodies, a scooter and a Furreal Friends Bouncy My Happy-To-See-Me Pup.  The plan was she would do Santa presents and then we would watch a movie. Well of course LeAnne didn't want to watch a movie so I was left to find something else to keep her busy until Daddy got home 9am.  She played with her stuff from Santa, and we spent time downstairs laying on the bed talking about how she wants to decorate her new big girl room. It looks like we'll be painting a rainbow room. :-)  She was doing really well, asking to open presents but not losing her mind.  It was mama who broke weak and let her open one present before I went to take a shower.  It just didn't seem right for her to have nothing to play with on Christmas morning.  I let her open her Lego Hello Kitty house from Auntie Katie because it has  lots of pieces and decals for her to work on. She had a lot fun putting together and designing her house.  Then Daddy surprised us by getting off work early so he was home by 8am.  Opening presents was lots of fun! LeAnne filled the couch with all her new toys and clothes! What I loved the most about the experience is how she was appreciative for EVERYTHING she got!  She also enjoyed seeing what Daddy and I got. She even enjoyed opening a few gifts for Christian. Once the mess was picked up enough to find out living room Daddy headed off to bed to get a nap before we headed down to my sisters house for Christmas dinner.  LeAnne had a blast playing with her new toys while daddy napped.It was a beautiful drive down to my sisters. We already had about 2 inches of snow and it was snowing as we drove to dinner.   Christmas dinner was very nice and it is always lots of fun to watch the kids play. I can't believe how much my nieces boys are growing up. They're not babies anymore rather two year old little boys. Seeing the boys play makes me excited to experience having a boy of my own.  I am thinking it will be neat to have a girl and a boy and my hope is because they will be the opposite sex and 5 1/2 years apart they won't be as competitive for anything other than our time. My brother and I are 4 years apart and had little sibling rivalry and a very good relationship.  My favorite part of this Christmas listening to LeAnne be so thankful and all her cute statements about how excited she was. When I asked her how her Christmas was she gave me two thumbs up and said it was SUPER!!  

Look at all the candy canes Santa left us

Playing new games on her Leap Pad

Daddy excited about his model helicopter

One of her new Lalaloopsy dolls

LeAnne, Bella and her new puppy Peach

Working on her Lego Hello Kitty doll house

Clothes Daddy & I got for Christian

LeAnne in new dress and a new Lalaloopsy and her horse

Adorable Onsie Daddy got for Christian

Our Pretty girl

Toy box Daddy got for Christian

Now what to play with :-)

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Leonard Family Update

I really must improve on my frequency of blogging. Our family blog is where I come to record the happenings in our life to share with family and friends and to save for later scrap book journal.  So now here I am thinking what has happen since my last blog entry on Halloween...

In November John's brother and his family came to visit from Redmond, Oregon over the Thanksgiving weekend.  It was a lot of fun hanging out with them.  All of our kids has a lot of fun playing together. They're oldest, Emma, is 6 and they're son, Cash, is 4.  The Friday that they got here we went out for dinner then watched Dayton's annual Christmas Kickoff parade. Then we watched the fireworks.  It was during the fireworks show I got a phone call from Amanda with big news.  Her boyfriend has just proposed to her.  OMG! Our little girl is engaged!  Just yesterday she was 7 years old telling me to sit with her until she was asleep and I would know she was asleep when she started snoring. Now here she is 20 years old, about to start an accounting certificate program and engaged. She is telling us it will be a long engagement because they want to get better jobs ad move our of his mom's place before they get married.  

On December 4th we went to Klickers in Walla Walla to get our Christmas tree.  It was a quick trip because it was raining.  LeAnne enjoyed helping me put the ornaments on the tree this year. She chose her favorite and I loved telling her stories about different ornaments.  

This pregnancy has been very different from my first. The morning sickness in the first trimester was terrible! I had to drink lots of water to keep from being hungry and dehydrated.  I never knew what I was going to be able to eat from moment to moment.  All meat was disgusting!!!   On top of the morning sickness I got the flu which left me throwing up so much I was in tears.  Then I got a cold that would not go away. I was never so happy to say goodbye to my first trimester.  In my second trimester I soon was able to eat chicken followed by ham but no other meat.  My poor husband is eating a lot of chicken.  I am carrying this baby a lot different, and have a lot of headaches.  On 12/12/12 John, LeAnne & and I eagerly went to my 21 week ultrasound appointment.  It was adorable to have LeAnne at my head watching the ultrasound and too cute when she said they're is the baby's heartbeat. Little one was being a turkey during the ultrasound, very active which made the ultrasound technicians job interesting.  After seeing the important anatomy she told us "It's a little man"!  Were having a boy! I was in shock and the first words out of LeAnne's mouth was "but I wanted a sister". Seeing our boy move around inside and hearing he is developing wonderfully was awesome!! After our appointment we enjoyed spreading the news to family and friends! Then came the fun looking at boys clothes and figuring out how to design his nursery.  I was excited when John said "you decorated LeAnne's nursery now its my turn to decorate Christian's nursery". It looks like he will have a Disney Cars nursery with some tools and some WSU cougar decor too. LeAnne is warming up to the idea of having a brother. She has asked if she can give Lucky the horse to her brother and can be heard calling Christian "My boy". I loved having a little brother and I am very excited for her to have a little brother.    I am feeling Christian move around a lot and LOVE it! 

On 12/13/12 Dixie elementary kids sang beautifully for their Christmas program.  LeAnne was right up front being very animated. We got many compliments about her performance afterwards.  It was precious! 

Sitting on Santa's lap at Christmas program

LeAnne and I were thrilled when we woke up to snow falling from the sky on Christmas Eve!  We had fun building snowmen, making snow angles, and having a snow ball fight.