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Sunday, December 26, 2010

I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas


Ryder awoke to Christmas morning and little did he know what was in store for him once we came down the stairs! Santa had eaten his chocolate whoopie pie cookie that we had left for him, and look what he left for Ryder in his very own chair! I couldn't wait to see Ryders' expression when he saw the gifts from santa.

Oh boy! talk about one excited little boy when he saw the presents santa had left behind, and he still clung onto Lovey as he ran over to see what was in his chair. He didn't even see all of the ones under the tree that had been added since the last time he'd been downstairs. His stocking was a hit this year too and he was almost more excited about pulling everything out one by one than he was about opening any gifts!

Ryder loves his Tag jr reading system from his Grammy and Grampa that he got for his birthday and now he has his very own story of baby jesus too! Ryder loves books of all kinds and so we can never go wrong with books. Santa really knows his Ryder!


Time to play with some of the toys that santa brought. First things first, lets go bowling!

We let Ryder eat a few jelly beans and "chock it" candies that were in his stocking as a special treat since it was Christmas morning. He was very sweet and shared with Scot and I though, even though he shared the flavors of jelly belly beans he didn't like. ha! I was still happy to get some Ryder snuggles in before he opened more presents from us.

All morning Ryder kept running to the tree and grabbing presents to open but I kept telling him he had to wait until Nana and PawPaw got here to open them since not all of the gifts were for him. I'm not sure if he really understood that concept, but he was a good boy and he listened when we told him to put it back under the tree. We decided to let him go ahead and open the gifts from his Aunt Sandi and Uncle Tobey, and from Aunt Teresa and Uncle Wayne that they had sent for Ryder. It makes it really hard living out of state from most of Scots' family, but we do get to talk to them often and it is so sweet that they always think of Ryder for every occasion. We got to talk on the phone to Grammy and Grampa (Scots parents) too and that made Ryder smile when he heard his Grammy's voice.
I made this collage to show what a difference a year makes! Ryder wore his same Christmas Jammies and we used the same Santa cookies plate this year as we did last year. When I showed Scot the picture collage he couldn't really see much of a difference, but when I look at the picture of Ryder at a year old on the left, I see his round baby face and chubby cheeks, and sweet baby hair. His jammies were big on him so we rolled up the arm sleeves and pant legs. He didn't know what Christmas was and didn't care much about the gifts except for the bow and looking at the Christmas tree lights on the tree. When I look at the picture on the right of him this past Christmas I see a very active little boy who understands that at Christmas he gets to open "Ryders peasants" and loves playing with all of his toys from Santa, and he looks so big to me now! I can only imagine what next years picture will look like!



After posing by the tree for me I was so happy that I got a cute picture of both Ryder and Tucker! I rewarded them both with treats afterwards and told Scot I would quit acting like a crazy papparazi now that I was happy I got at least one cute picture of Ryder by the tree. Lately it seems really hard to get any smiling pictures of Ryder because he is so busy he won't sit down long. I know that a perfect picture doesn't matter to capture Christmas, but maybe thats the OCD I have ha!



There was plenty of time to play with more of Ryders new toys and Scot was really excited about the Cars racetrack that Ryder got. He was like a kid all over again and I loved seeing the two of them play together. He is so happy to have a little boy to play with all of the toys that he once played with and loved. Ryder is a very lucky boy to have such a good daddy and it makes my heart smile to know what a proud dad he is! Ryders smiles did my soul good and this year Scot and I chose not to exchange gifts since money had been tight, but by seeing how happy Ryder was we both knew we had done the right thing and that was all that mattered.

It wasn't long before we all got cleaned up and my parents and Grannie came over to celebrate Christmas with us. There were also talks of a winter snow shower headed our way which made me excited like a little girl again! I love snow and I love to watch it fall, but I don't ever remember having a White Christmas. Once my family arrived, we unloaded their gifts and took a few pictures. I am so blessed to have the best mom and such a close relationship with her. It was fun to have a picture of us girls, three generations of women, to look back on one day. I have dreams of having my own daughter one day too!
I think it's safe to say that one of Ryder's favorite things to do was open "Ryders peasants" as he kept saying over and over again! Once he was dressed in his letter "R" rudolph the red nose reindeer shirt I thought that I would test my luck and see about getting one more picture by the tree. And guess what! He let me take one and he looked precious too! I know that I will probably never again get that lucky, but I was so happy with my sweet pictures, which made up for having to cancel our photo sessions because of last week.


One of Ryders very favorite gifts was the train table from Nana and Pawpaw (aka Santa) and he has played and played and played with it! It not only attaches to the Thomas trainset he has, but came with a helicoptor and airplane set too, and also a construction set and boat. This boy is spoiled! Pawpaw and Daddy helped put it all together for him too so that he could play with it as soon as he woke up from his nap. He also played with one of the opened boxes that was laying beside the front door and it entertained him for a few minutes as we were getting the Christmas meal ready. I served a few appetizers as we waited to eat the main meal, and it was hard to keep Ryder from it all! I was happy to use my Grandmama's relish platter and served crackers with cheese, and a relish tray because my stepdad loves it so much. I wish my Grandmama was still alive to be with us and to see Ryder, but I am very fortunate to still have my Grannie and to be part of our get togethers now that I am all grown.















The snow did fall throughout the day as promised, and it made me so happy to have a White Christmas. If Scots parents could have joined us, it would have been the perfect Christmas! We ate and played and ate and played for pretty much the remainder of the day and then when it was time for my family to leave, I hugged Ryder tightly and thanked God for such blessings that he had bestowed upon us. I know that times get busy, and I don't thank him enough for all that he has given. The snow fall was really the icing on the cake to end our Christmas. We ended the night watching more Christmas movies before tucking Ryder to bed and telling him how much we loved him. I know he will be one happy boy when he wakes up and will be ready to play with all of his new toys! From my family to yours, Merry Christmas!!















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