HO! ho! HO!

Santa payed a little visit to the Ng house. He was a little skimpy on the presents this year...something about Charlotte being too young and not really getting it.

Unfortunately, we made the mistake of flying home from Michigan Christmas day so we were all a little cranky and tired from the flight. It wasn't quite the same since we didn't wake up in our house to find presents under the tree. Charlotte still seemed to enjoy herself though. She got the hang of ripping open the wrapping paper quickly. This year Santa brought her a doll house, a sports pack with a football, basketball, and soccer ball, slippers, and some stocking goodies. I think her favorite was the doll house. She likes to walk around with the little people and animals and clank them together. She also likes to flip the bed upside down and carry the people in it.



Home for the Holidays

This year we were pleasantly surprised when Kayu and I found out that we could both take some time off during the week of Christmas. We took a trip to the Midwest as a family of three for the first time. Ms. Charlotte soaked up all of the attention and waddled around from person to person. We made sugar cookies to ring in the holidays and got to visit with some great friends...the McGuire's and the Szumko's. We even had time to stroll around Ann Arbor and take in some of our favorite hang outs like Bubble Island. We ended our trip with an early Christmas celebration with the Williams clan with a mouth watering spread and lots of presents to unwrap.





Trouble Maker

These days I feel like I am being scolded by the little monster. She sticks out her pointer finger and says some gibberish. I have a slight inclination that she learned this at day care. I have a feeling that she is the bully at school and her teachers point their finger at her to tell her "no".


Whitney and Brittany

Whenever we would go to Toys R Us when I was a little girl, I would longingly stare at these two baby doll twins that I hoped would some day be mine. They were pink and purple (mine and my sister's favorite colors) and they had these awesome bottles that accompanied them that made drinking, crying, and laughing sounds. One Christmas, sitting under the tree to my shock and amazement were the beloved twin baby dolls. I decided to name them Whitney and Brittany. Well when we went home this week, my mom brought them up from the basement and there was a new little girl (or terror) to love them...Charlotte. It was fun to watch my little baby adore them like I used to.



Santa comes to town

We stopped by the Children's village today to see the one and only Santa Claus (and Mrs. Claus was even there to join him). They even had hot chocolate with marshmallows to sweeten the deal. We waited patiently in line, unsure if Charlotte was going to sit with the jolly good fellow by herself. As we got closer she tensed up and leaned in close to my shoulder. There was no way she was going to sit with those strangers. So Mrs. Claus and Santa were kind enough to scoot over so I could shimmy my way in between them.

I would like to point out that Santa's beard is the real deal. No artificial beard.


Tubby Time

So I absolutely adore this picture. Mostly because we have pictures when I was little of me playing in the bathtub and my childhood cat Sparky was right there with me.


15 Months Old

My baby is not longer a baby anymore! Here are some fun things she is doing these days...

* She holds her shoes and socks up to her feet to try putting them on
* She also tries putting her hat on her head. When you do it for her, she automatically rips it off
* She loves getting her teeth brushed. Probably because of the berry flavored toothpaste. When you set her on the counter and grab her toothbrush she grabs the toothpaste
* She says "night night" before bed time and reaches out for kisses
* She loves riding around on her tricycle and KaiLan car. She just learned how to get on and off of it by herself
* She throws her stuffed animals out of her crib in the mornings if we don't get her quickly enough
* She is showing signs of becoming a vegetarian. She has been anti-meat lately
* When she is fussy, food is the ultimate answer
* When she wants you to do something, she grabs your hand to let you know she wants you to do it



The Joys of Christmas

Christmas is all about spreading the holiday cheer. And this year Shutterfly is helping to do that by offering fifty free Christmas cards to those who share the 2010 holiday collection. Shutterfly is a great place to upload your pictures and use them to make great gifts. In the past I have made photobooks on shutterfly for relatives. It is a great way for them to relive past memories. I have also made calendars (http://www.shutterfly.com/calendars) on there to enjoy the photos throughout the entire year. We also made a canvas piece of art (http://www.shutterfly.com/home-decor/canvas-wall-art) with our engagement picture. It will be a timeless piece that we will always have.
This year I can't wait to use their holiday photo cards (http://www.shutterfly.com/cards-stationery). They have so many styles and designs to chose from that it might be hard to pick just one. In particular I like the "Send Holiday Cheer" card and the "Golly Holly Jolly" card. They are simple but yet playful at the same time. I also like that you can choose just one photo or numerous photos to put on your card and personalize it however you would like. Keep your eye in the mail for an adorable Shutterfly card starring Charlotte!