Christmas 2010

Get ready for lots of pictures of just CAMP. I have NO pictures of our little family on Christmas day and none of ME at all! :( Oh well...
Camp definitely surprised me...I thought he'd open one present and not be interested to open more. He opened, played, open, played, and then asked to "open presents" all day long...and even continues to ask each day!

Camp walking out to see what Ho Ho brought him!

the first present of the morning was his t-ball set

then he moved on to his stocking

Ho Ho brought a train table and it's been a huge hit! The train table has been moved to Camp's bedroom and he spends most of his day in there! He'll ask us to "play choo choo trains?" and Adam and I happily oblige. Adam and I have actually enjoyed playing and setting up the train tracks! We tried to attach as many trains together as we could to see how many trains could go up the bridge at once...we were like two little kids!
He also brought a Woody doll that talks and Camp loves it!

Santa brought me a Happy Everything platter with two extra attachments!! He picked them out all by himself and did an excellent job...he even finished his shopping on December 1st!!!!

He also brought me a new pair of Jack Rogers...modeled by Camp!

Santa brought so many cool trains and tracks!

Camp got a Toy Story shaving kit and he's had so much fun pretending to be just like Daddy!

I made my great grandmother's coffee cake and a breakfast casserole for Christmas morning breakfast.

One of Adam's gifts from Santa!

Had to go look in the big mirror!!

Camp had even more presents to open at Yaya & Bop Bop's!! He got an awesome set of lawn equipment including a blower, weed eater, chain saw, lawn mower, gloves, and goggles! Camp's been so cute trying to help Daddy work outside.

Our Christmas dinner ready to go in the oven...cornish hens!

We had a fabulous dinner of cornish hens, wild rice, squash casserole, extremely yummy green bean bundles, and rolls...Yaya is an excellent cook!
For dessert we had coconut cake and candy cane martinis!

We had the perfect Christmas day and were able to do a lot without being too stressed or exhausted!  Bebe, Papa, Chandler, & Nina even came over early Christmas afternoon! Adam and I have had to learn what works the best for holidays...one Christmas Adam and I went to seven different places in one day and after that year, we knew we couldn't do that every Christmas!

And I'm happy to report that 'operation no paci' is still successful!! There was no mention of it last night when he went to bed and not one mention of it yet today. I'll be honest...I had a little meltdown Christmas night when it was time for bed. I knew he wanted it, I knew he'd go to sleep instantly if we gave it to him...but I was strong and didn't give in!! I cried knowing that my baby was really growing up and it was just another milestone that pushed him closer to being a big boy!
We went cold turkey with the whole paci thing...our pediatrician recommended we throw all of the pacis away because usually the parents are the ones that cave and give in. I threw away all of the pacis we had around the house...there was one in Adam's medicine cabinet, one in my jewelry box, several in the kitchen drawers...I'm crossing my fingers I found all of them!! And don't you know that dumpster diving crossed my mind at several times! :) BUT the whole experience was NOT BAD at all!! Really, the hardest part was the anticipation of taking it away...I was almost dreading Christmas! Camp didn't just like his paci...he loved it!! He was seriously addicted to it and I thought I'd be pulling my hair out by now. I just knew that he couldn't keep it forever and I'm sure the longer we waited, the harder it would have been! I'm thankful we did it when we did and he had his new toys to distract him. I think the whole "santa took it and gave it to the babies who need it...you are a big boy now!" phrase helped a lot.

We've been enjoying the continued holiday season and love the fact that Adam's been off of work!!! I can't believe that tomorrow is New Year's Eve!! Where has the time gone?
I'm hoping to do one more blog post before the close of 2010, but if not HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!


yaya said...

Loved all the pics!!! It all seems to go so fast so I appreciate all the reminders...So proud of you for being strong in the paci department! I too have cleaned out the "stash"!! Looking forward to a wonderful 2011!!!

Bebe said...

Love the first picture of Camp coming out to see his presents. Pure joy!
Yes, bad Santa took your paci (nite nite) away at the same age. It's amazing how much a baby can love and depend on it but how quickly they adjust to not having it. Biggest boy and proud of his mama!
Happy New Year!!