just a little snow

A few pictures and videos from our first time this year playing in snow that was actually falling! We missed the big storm over Christmas and by the time we got home there was just a few inches of snow left. Matt and Greta did play, but Eloise didn’t get a chance.

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ducks!

I have been telling Greta that the ducks fly south to CeCe and Granddaddy’s house for the winter, so we had to stop and see the ducks, which of course means feeding the ducks. The ducks at this pond are a little odd looking. There were also oodles of seagulls and other birds fighting for our bread. We went right before heading to the airport to head home and my dad joined us. He was the protector of Greta. In one picture you can see him shooing the ducks away. Greta thinks that the ducks should eat out of her hands and we always have to explain that you must throw the bread.

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lights!

There is this great park right down the street from my parents’ house that goes crazy with the Christmas lights. A trip to Tallahassee wouldn’t be complete without it. Greta enjoyed it much more this time, since she was a whole 2 years older.

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random Christmas pictures

Greta tried out her new rake at my parents house. They have A LOT of leaves, so that kept her busy for a long while.

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Greta enjoyed playing ball with Granddaddy.

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Eloise developed quite a bit of separation/stranger anxiety and was especially upset with my dad. Here is her typical reaction to being given to him. (This was supposed to be a nice picture of my dad and his granddaughter sitting in front of the fire.)

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The Christmas tree and the girls with the tree.

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Matt, Dad, and Greta made a yummy dessert while we were in FL.

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There was of course book reading and an ipad demonstration.

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And Eloise did warm up a little bit to my dad.

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We went over a high school friend’s parents’ house and got to pick an orange and two lemons from their trees. We brought the lemons home with us and I’m going to make something yummy with them.

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Boy this post is getting long. Anyone tired of pictures yet? Still oodles more to come. Here are several with my mom (apparently we only took pictures with my mom and Eloise).

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A bunch of random pictures.

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Saying goodbye to Aunt Lina.

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playing in the backyard.

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Saying goodbye to my parents’ dog (who is now in the hospital, hope he gets better soon).

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more Christmas…

After everyone took a rest and showered we got ready to go to mass. We took a few pictures before heading out.

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For a little flashback here is Greta in the same dress for her first Christmas. Greta was about 7 months old, whereas Eloise is 10 months old.

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And here is Greta this year.

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Neither child was particularly interested in taking pictures, so there aren’t many ok ones with both of them, but here is what we got.

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And the whole family.

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Each girl with her godmother.

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Eloise with Daddy.

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My parents and the girls.

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And lastly, the whole family.

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Christmas morning

The girls got up at their usual early hour of 6 on Christmas morning. We were instructed to wake everyone up so that they could see them open their gifts, so that is what we did. The girls had stockings filled by Santa, plus oodles of gifts from my parents and sisters.

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Both girls loved getting new toys and Eloise was more excited about the toys than I expected. She definitely enjoyed the wrapping paper, but seem to take to a few of her gifts. We had a lovely breakfast after opening gifts of breakfast casserole and baked french toast. We made both the night before and just had to put them in the oven in the morning. After breakfast most of the family took a rest, but not Greta!