Dec 29

Charlotte’s first Christmas

As you can imagine, this was our best Christmas of all for one very special reason- miss Charlotte, of course! It really is so special to share the magic of the holiday with a baby. We are so grateful for a happy, healthy child!

We had lots of places to be and lots of people to meet this year…and our Christmas celebrations aren’t even over yet! Eric has a big family, so our festivities usually last for a few weeks. Charlotte is a lucky girl to have so many people who love her! We spent last weekend in Missouri with the Rinehart side. She met over 100 people in the 3 days we spent there! And boy was she was a trooper. We spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with both sides of my family. And we will see more of Eric’s side in January!

This is a very picture-heavy post, so prepare yourself.

santas little helper

cousinsrinehart christmasCharley got to meet her all of her Rinehart side of the family. She is one of 16 GREAT grandchildren- Wow!

She even helped me wrap presents this year 🙂

wrapping presents
Charlotte got to meet two very important ladies too; One is her Aunt Sally! She just returned to KS and is here to stay after being away for way too long for her Army duties. But boy, do we appreciate her service! Jaime and Sally are two of my best friends whom I’ve known since I was 4 years old. I feel SO lucky to still call them dear friends and to have them around to watch Charley grow up.

Sally and Jaime visitingShe also got to meet her Aunt Michaela and Uncle Dave! They live in San Fransisco and are visiting for the holiday. Michaela and I have been friends…since birth, so I was excited to introduce them to one another! It’s so hard to believe we’re at this stage of life. After 27 years, we’re really more like family, so it felt so special to have her meet our little one!



We spent Christmas Eve at our house this year…which was perfect. We went to Christmas Eve candlelight mass at our church. And as usual, it was amazing. I love our church so much! Candlelight serviceCandle with CharlotteFamily Picture

The best present under the tree you ask??

Charlotte under the tree wonderment Her new stocking cap is ADORABLE on her itty bitty head!

Stocking cap Smiling in stocking cap
Just two of our favorite ornaments this year! shoe ornament   Ornament with Charlotteornament Mom showing gift

Meeting cousin Shannan at the Bradbury Christmas!


This is one of my favorite pictures from this Christmas! Just look at the delight on both of their faces 🙂

great grandma and Charlotte

Four generations

four generations Opening her stocking on Christmas morningC with stocking2  Grandpa putting Charley down for her nap…C and Grandpa This girl LOVES her exersaucer! Thanks to my good friend, Erin for letting us borrow it!Big smile! big smile in bouncer Big Smile closer  Big eyes

Mistletoes…Charlotte made this adorable art project at daycare! That’s another huge blessing we have to be thankful for this year- an AMAZING daycare. I thank God every day that I drop her off for helping me find such a great group of people to take care of our little girl. They love her and she loves being there! That makes going to work so much easier.Misteltoes

These adorable stockings were made by my good friend Kelsey’s Mom, Connie. So talented!! We love them!mantleJust a bit of our house this holiday season

hutch and chairs

cards   IMG_8156  IMG_8158 IMG_8157 IMG_8155Eric got me this beautiful KitchenAid mixer! I was pretty shocked. I’ve always said that when I have a kitchen big enough to put it on the counter, I wanted one. I was definitely not expecting it this year though!! I’ve already used it several times, and I’m pretty much obsessed. Thanks, Eric!!! IMG_8159 Eric took “no shave November” one month too long. He and a friend from work didn’t shave their beards until December 23! We had some fun in the trimming process. Who doesn’t love a mustache with twirlies at the end? mustache

Hope you all had a very merry Christmas!


  1. mom

    I love your posts…it’s like scrapbooking all your pictures and memories!!!!

  2. Amy

    You keep saying the posts arent going to be all about Charley, but they are, and I LOVE IT!!! Keep the pictures of that sweet baby coming!! Oh, and I love seeing pics of you and Eric and your home too. I’m not going to lie, I wish that I got to meet Charley, but it will happen soon enough. Great pic of her and Shanny anyway!!

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