Saturday, December 27, 2008

Holiday Surprise!

What a Christmas!

The kids really loved every minute and ended up with some gifts that were suprise hits! Nathan received a train that he adores, and who knew that my two year old daughter could walk in heels. Her plastic, fancy Snow White heels that is! I surprised Steve with Guitar Hero and he has been obsessively playing for days now. I got a surprise too, but will keep that one to myself! I realized this Christmas that I have always loved this holiday. It brings back such good family memories. No matter how shaky it could have been growing up, Christmas was happy. My parents always went out of their way to make it special. I really want to build those same memories for my two. I found myself looking around at all of my blessings and feeling pretty lucky. Now, if only I could slow down enough to just enjoy it!

Speaking of suprises, we received a huge one on Christmas day. My sister handed my mom a frame and told me to get my camera ready. Well, this photo came next.

After getting the shot, I asked, "What is it?", thinking that they were sending her on a cruise. Or maybe they had a family portrait taken, without me. Which made me mad for 2.5 seconds. Then she turned the photo around to show an ultrasound picture! My sister, Michelle, is 4 months along and is expecting a boy to add to her family of two girls. It was totally unexpected and the room just exploded in laughter, yelling, tears and jumping around. What a moment!

Well, I am now on vacation for 12 days and I have been scrapping a bunch! Here is a layout I just did using the Jan. kit from The Nook! LOVE this kit! Don't forget that there is a design team call--you should check it out because it is an awesome place to design for! This layout is about Steve and I going to Burlington, VT. I hope we continue to make it a tradition! Let's pray that we go back there until we are old and gray!

Whew, sorry for the super post! Guess I had a lot to share! Hope you have a fantastic day!


  1. Stacey, I love those layouts!! They´re just great!!!

  2. Now that is the kind of surprise that beats all surprises! How fun!!! And what adorable photos of your kids and their wonderful new toys.!

  3. AWWWW...that is SO AWESOME about Michelle. Tell her I said CONGRATULATIONS! And that is such a fantastic picture of your mom. Someone should frame it & have Michelle put it in the baby's nursery in a double frame with the ultrasound (did that make sense?).

    And, Ella is ABSOLUTELY adorable. She looks just like you. Is Snow White her favorite princess? That is Giavanna's favorite. She has been Snow White for Halloween twice. :o)

    Anyway, Danielle told me that I could e-mail me through the address on your blog page, but I have not had the chance. Sorry, I forgot about it until Danielle told me. My e-mail is, just so you know it is me e-mailing you. A lot of time, if I do not recognize the address, I will delete the e-mail without realizing it is someone I know.

    I hope that you had a wonderfully MERRY CHRISTMAS & I will try to send that e-mail soon. :o)

  4. sounds like you guys had a super Christmas! Your daughter looks at ease in those heels too darn cute!

  5. Oh, you tease!! I bet I know what your surprise was.... and I'm pink with jealousy! ;) Glad you had such a wonderful holiday!

  6. What a wonderful surprise and you captured a perfect moment. Your LO's are beautiful!

  7. Congrats on being an Aunt again Stacey!
    Beautiful layout!
    Love the clip on the journaling!
    Happy new year!

  8. Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas & what a great suprise - congrats to your family!

    Love the layout

  9. Gorgeous layout, girl!! Glad you had such a wonderful holiday! I love the pics, and now I know why you said our girls were alike with the dress up clothes, lol. Chloe got a set of 6 pairs of dress-up shoes for the holidays, and one of them is the snow white pair, hehea. Congrats on your nephew and I'm very intrigued about your secret surprise!

  10. That is an awesome picture of your mom getting the news!! The next time you're in should let me know, I live only an hour from Burlington and could show you some great scrapbooking stores! LOL No, really though, don't you just LOVE Burlington!!!

  11. Whoever said a picture is worth a thousand words wasn't kidding! That is one of the best candids I have ever seen!


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