28 December 2006

Christmas Bellas are Ringing

We had a wonderful Christmas here in the Baker household. Bella was as excited about ripping paper as I had hoped and only slightly less excited about the new toys that resulted from the paper ripping. She is especially proud of her new sled.

Sled Girl
This picture, with its shadowed eyesockets and bushy eyebrows, looks a little sinister. "I will use this sled to take over the world!" After opening the sled, she wouldn't get out of it and we had to deliver all remaining presents to her in the sled to open. See Bella Bunny.

I had a great time with my new camera, I took almost 300 pictures and a few of them are even worth posting to flickr. How exciting! Still a lot of stuff to figure out on it. I especially have trouble getting it to focus on the right thing. I have a lot of pictures with the wrapping paper or someone's elbow in focus.

Christmas Dinner went well--It wasn't quite Rachel Ray's 60-minute holiday special (although I did get to do my Rachel Ray impression, which is HI-larious) but seeing as my dad pretty much cooked the whole thing, it was equally easy. We had prime rib, cheesy potatoes, carrots, snap peas, home-made rolls, salad with oranges and pomegranate, and key lime pie for dessert. Our first Christmas dinner, on Friday with Brent's family, included the traditional and much anticipated German ribs and spaetzle.

And now, as usual, I haven't accomplished much on my post-Christmas to do list, but we have at least vacuumed up the bits of paper and food so it is safe to have Bella crawl around without fishing things out of her mouth every 11 seconds. I also mailed my Christmas cards yesterday. (a remnant of my pre-Christmas to do list.) Yay! I had fun designing and crafting them as always, but with free time so limited I think next year we'll need to do the mass produced kind. That will open up my free time for watching romantic Christmas movies (I did get to see The Holiday. And now I will be moving to England.) and playing more World of Warcraft.

Remaining items on the list include undecorating, writing thank you notes, and reassembling my (destroyed) craftrooom. All fairly enjoyable things, so no complaints here. Enjoy your post holiday lists!

05 December 2006

o christmas tree

This weekend saw much merrymaking, including a trip to the tree lot to bring home the Best Christmas Tree Ever. He is so cute and just the right size, with no gappy places or wonky branches. He looks so cheery and festive with his ornaments.

Christmas gnome

Bella participated in the tree decorating, in an aloof kind of way. First she was excited to discover stuff piled onto her coffee table, which is normally bare. But she showed no interest in the tree himself, just acting like there was no big green thing in the corner taking attention away from herself. Nothing to see here, because I AM alpha baby, Mr. pokey needle pants, and don't you forget it. After a while she settled down with daddy to watch Baby Dance. Which is fairly unfestive while there is tree decorating, but she seemed satisfied.

I also FINALLY got to watch the new Pride and Prejudice this weekend! It was so good. Thank you Margaret for putting up with all of my commentary. Even Bella liked watching it (technically she should have been sleeping). She was in her jump up during the first romantic confession scene and decided to do squeals through the whole thing. That's ok, we have Tivo, I said. (rewind rewind) And she squealed louder the second time. PROVING that she loves the movie! Because don't we all want to squeal when Mr. Darcy says, "All these things I am willing to put aside and ask you to end my agony." !!

Not much else is new, except Brent and I have rediscovered the delight of putting alcohol into hot chocolate, and now our evenings are top notch. We are currently using 'dutch cream,' but we've used Bailey's in past years. Any suggestions?