Friday, December 17, 2010

A Whole Lot of Christmas Catch Up!! (this is a mother of a post)

Well, Christmas is here in full force and man are we busy celebrating it every way we know how!  I have been packing it in from morning to night for me and my little wonder girl, so as to not miss a thing.  I mean that literally.  The busier we are the less I dwell on who I am missing.  A day doesn't squeak by with out my thoughts leading me down a path to what might have beens or memories of Jeremiah.  Most moments now I can get away with an inconspicous lump in my throat verses the dead give away tears.  Never the less, Miah Jane has taught me how to smile through both. 

Ok deep breath........lots to cover!!

Many of you may have received our Christmas card by now.  I have such a battle with myself this time of year whether or not to send Christmas cards.  The statistics would baffle you in relation to the amount of waste "commercialized" Christmas in general creates.  Well, Paper Culture came to my mental rescue this year.  Not only do they print on 100% post consumer recycled paper, but they also plant a tree in honor of your order!!  AND their designs are soooo chic!  AND they do anything and everything from birth announcements to stationary!!  Starting my girl's knowledge of her carbon footprint early! 
TA DAH!!  Merry Christmas!!

Collier County Parks and Rec host Snow Fest every year for as long as I can remember.  I've never been, but I've got a cute little excuse to go now!  MJ and I met up with the Ritchey's and the Schaps Gang for a morning of fun in the sun and then some.

Leah Peah and Adrey wasted no time getting into the sledding line!
Kara took MJ and Lexi on the carousel single handed!!  I'm not one for spinning around in circles.  BLAH!  Lexi was kinda hoping Miah wasn't either from the looks of this picture. 
Don't you be hogging my Mama girl!
Lexi got her wish.  MJ didn't care for it. 

Our friends the Benge family joined us that morning too!  Lexi was ready for another spin with big brother Devin and buddy Gavin Benge. 

We all headed home for naps after such a fun morning.  We had to rest up for the afternoon, because we had more partying to do.  LEXI LYNN turned TWO!!  WOO HOO!
Snow Fest was just an appeteaser before an afternoon of power wheel races and cupcakes!!
We Wuv You!

Our social calendar just keeps moving right along........once again we met up with our favorite pals (Adrey, Charlie, Devin, & Lexi) to watch the Naples Christmas Parade down on 3rd Street.  A magnificent suggestion made by my precious Cousin Briana.
MJ in her pimped out ride.
These battery powered Christmas lights were such a hit!
Thank you Walmart. 
Oh and thank you Uncle Mike and Anna for my wagon! 
(MJ finally got over her inital fear of it)

It was so cold that night!! 
We actually have had hats and scarves hanging on our coat rack this past week and a half!!
Pretty weird sight in these parts!

This picture is so blurry, because she's clapping her hands like a maniac.
She absolutely LOVED the parade!!  And the pizza at Aurelios afterwards.
The first night of what we all decided to become an annual Christmas ritual.
(many of these pictures above are courtesy of Kara and Leah....believe it or not I need a break from the camera balancing act,whew!)

And I give you the finale.........

Auntie Tanya, Uncle Jordi, MJ, and I met up with two lovely ladies in our lives.......Olivia and her Mama, Mindi Lopez to do Christams Disney style for a weekend.  Man, let me tell you Mickey and his pals know how to throw down Christmas.  If you can't get into the Christmas spirit at Disney World there is no hope for you.
Olivia and MJ taking Toon Town by storm and they mean business.

This final picture speaks volumes!!  She was delirious and only wanted more.

I know that was just a lot of pictures of her on this same slide, but I wanted to be sure to convey how much fun she had over and over and over.  She does so much for my heart on a daily basis, but these specific moments on that slide in freaking Toon Town at Disney moved me.  Moved me so much that it gave me a powerful idea....more about that at a later date.  Let's get through Christmas first.

Magic Kingdom by day........Hollywood Studios by night.........
 Once again these battery powered Christmas lights rocked a lot of worlds.
 This light show rocked our world....unreal dude.

Absolutely insane.  I know.
Let's just say Mickey's carbon footprint is a humdinger.

Oh and we musn't forget these Characters......

She really, really dug Pluto.....anyone else not so much.
 Who are you?  Chip?
 I'm busy eating breakfast dude.  Whatev, d-lister.
 Aaaand nope.  Too goofy for her.
 Well, that sums it up.  My laptop battery is flashing and Miah Jane is over entertaining herself.  We still have another week before Santa gets here...who knows what we'll get into before then.

As the song says.....the world spins madly on.

Merry Christmas!!


  1. Jo, you can always make me smile and cry at the same time! I'm so amazed by you, and what a beautiful little one you have. Thoughts and prayers go out to you for a wonderful holiday season. Looks like you are off to a great start! Loved the pics of BC band in there! Can't believe you were able to break out the cold weather gear in Naples! Enjoy every second of the season with Miah Jane, she's sooooo lucky to have you as a mom. Love and hugs from Cleveland!

  2. Can't wait to experience Disney with you and MJ. By the looks of it, it kicks a lot of ass! Great pictures; Olivia is getting so big and seems so sweet on Miah. Glad you had a magical time there! The Schaps Gang will try their hardest to keep you busy and provide you will little down time. We're at your service! Love you!

  3. What a wonderful December it looks like you're having! And I'm laughing out loud at the D-lister comment! I love the battery powered lights and I'm so wanting some NOW! Miah Jane is so beautiful and clearly so loved. Merry Christmas!

  4. aw, thanks for the sweet message. yes, of course i know you and your story. kelle and i have cried for you and hoped and it looks like all is well. your family is beautiful. what wonderful photos and words. good to know you have a blog so now i can check in:)

    happy holidays,


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