Bramell, Party of Five: December 2008

Friday, December 19, 2008

Yes, I forced her to sit in front of the Christmas tree!

I hate to disappoint our blog readers, but this may be the closest thing you get to a Christmas card from us this year. I'd like to be one of those Moms who is really on top of things, getting cute outfits and picture cards to send out. Not so much. (see post below regarding child who won't cooperate with camera). And really, I'm ok with that. I did take Becca to the doctor this morning because she has an ear infection. See, we're good parents.

We are going attempt some nice family holiday pics this weekend on the downtown square since the weather's supposed to be nice.

This is our model child. She knows how to sit still for pictures!

Becca was afraid to stand by the Christmas tree, so I told her to sit in her chair. I think she just does not like getting pictures made, because she just LOVES the Christmas tree. She even tells it "night night" and "bye bye" at the appropriate times. Totally cute! And that blue ornament over her shoulder is one they made for us at Mothers Day Out--I'm going to hang it on the tree till she's 30 and embarrassed.

Branson trip--December 2008

We made our annual December trek to Branson a few weekends ago. I won't say that we had a horrible time.....but let's just say it wasn't the best time ever. Wow. There was quite a bit of crying, cursing and throwing fits and I don't just mean from Becca! While we absolutely love that our child operates on such a strict schedule, this time it proved to be complete torture. I guess we thought it would be ok to keep shopping and eat lunch right on through naptime....duh. She didn't want to sit still, didn't want to eat and definitely didn't want to ride in the stroller.

And how dare we even think of sitting her in Santa's lap! We thought we'd hit the jackpot when the most beautiful Santa was waiting for us in the Bass Pro Shop without a line! Duh, again. Not having it. None of it. We have a nice little picture of a crying Becca clinging to her daddy's neck while he was practically sitting in Santa's lap. We should have just stayed in the condo and napped.

Oh yeah, we all needed a nap since Miss Priss decided that she refuses to sleep anywhere but her own bed. We spent at least 2 exhausting hours each night trying to get her down. I think I'm gonna have a panic attack just rehashing it now....

This is a Becca-sized cubby hole next to the front door of our condo.

This is when we stopped for lunch right at naptime. Nice photos, right before the meltdown. Funny, some lady sitting next to us even commented to us how good Becca was being at the table! Well, we decided her children must have been complete hellions if she thought ours was good!

Here is the newest and youngest Victoria's Secret window model. She sure thought she was funny.

And this concludes our Branson photo shoot. Notice there aren't very many. Sorry I didn't think to grab the camera when Becca was laying on the floor kicking and screaming. Also, no Christmas-themed pics, either. I want to know who really gets their 1 1/2 year old to sit still for pictures? Really? Liar.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Daddy's little helper

Oops! Lee caught me napping with Fergie. She's not getting any less love or attention since Becca came along.

Here is Becca helping her daddy with a minor home improvement project. He was changing our door knob. Look how quickly she figured out how to use a screwdriver!

We'll post some pictures from our Branson trip later. It wore us out! We took Becca to see Santa at the Bass Pro Shop, but she wouldn't let him hold her. And she cried! Oh well...

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