Saturday, December 31, 2011

So This is Christmas

As I sit curled up with my family on New Year's Eve, enjoying a movie marathon and a margarita, I can't help but look back on the past two weeks. We've played host to Grammy, Poppy, and Aunt B, who we haven't seen in over a year. Although we would love to see her more often, the best thing about this visit is that it feels no different. It's as if about 14 months passed in a moment and we are together, like we'd always been. It was the exact same feeling when two of my best friends and I went to dinner with Aunt B. I can't think of a better way to describe family than when years apart creates zero change.

That being said, what a fantastic Christmas! It was a joy to see Nathan lay out those delicious cookies baked fresh for Santa, to watch Owen's face light up when he began to understand what presents were, and to be together to witness it all. We attended Christmas Eve Mass, we spent time with my family in Hope, we shopped 'til we dropped, and we cherished every giggle along the way. Here is a small sample of the joy we felt this Christmas: (Psst, you can click here to see even more!)

May God fill you with joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit, you have hope.

- Romans 15:13

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Happy Christmas!

"And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store? What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more?"

-Dr. Seuss

Friday, December 23, 2011

Birthday Fun

I know it's two days before Christmas and today's hustle and bustle (read: pajama-thon) should keep me from the computer, but I felt I should sneak in an update before I flood the place with holiday photos. So Jonathan turned 29 on Wednesday and Aunt B made it to Nashville with Grammy and Poppy. It was a fantastic day filled with pirate cupcakes, balloons galore, and some much-needed home cooking. As for Christmas, I think we're ready. We have cookie dough in the fridge to bake and presents in the closet to wrap, but thankfully we can do that in the comfort of our cozy pajamas. I promise we changed into clean ones at some point this afternoon. We have had a fun start to the merry season and it'll only get better. Owen is loving his first Christmas, mostly because it involves a lot of this:

Merry Christmas Eve Eve, y'all!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Boys Only

These shots were taken during a boys-over-the-age of-one trip to fly airplanes and drive sweet Monster trucks. While we were visiting the grandparents in Conway last weekend, Jonathan and Nathan just had to find some wide-open spaces and take Poppy's newest toys for a test drive. Look closely at the photo below and you'll see the giant plane sailing through the sky. Since Nathan was looking so cute (and ridiculously grown-up *tear*), I thought I'd stick a few pictures here to tide you over. You're welcome. :) Happy Saturday, y'all.

Sorry, Santa

Dear Santa,
About that Christmas list? You know the one with the race cars, the airplanes, the video games, and loads of other heavily-commercialized toys? And the other, smaller list with bath duckies and puff puffs? Please disregard. We got a new car seat that came in big box. So we're pretty much all set.

The Bauer Boys


Sunday, December 11, 2011

The Christmas Pig

Near the end of every fall semester, Nathan's preschool puts on a Christmas program. This year was no different. The only change, really, was that he was dressed as a pig. :) The children acted out the nativity and it was great! Although Nathan can't seem to find an oinker in our nativity scenes, he was still thrilled to rock the show. His pig-ear sweatband, pipe-cleaner tail and toilet paper roll nose (which he wore as a necklace) made for the best singing pig I've ever seen. The preschoolers, all dressed as animals, sang "Away in the Manager" and I could hear Nathan's voice, loud and clear. I could even see the sideways glances he passed around when a classmate began to speed things up or sing off-key. Singing is serious business when it comes to little gray pigs.

As for the rest of the Bauers, we have had a wonderful beginning of December (minus baby's first ear infection!) We're all constantly channeling the holiday spirit, from decking our halls with Christmas sparkle to becoming Christmas ninjas in hiding/wrapping presents while going undetected. Believe me, that last part is getting harder every year. We're counting down the days until our Aunt B joins us from Maine and then we'll all count down the days until our favorite holiday, together. Have a lovely Sunday!