Thursday, December 29, 2011

Ho Ho..Reindeer Food..and a Minnie Bike

Christmas in the Ewing house was full of family, food, and great memories.  This Christmas was a lot of fun since Avery is now 2.5 and understands who Santa Claus is, or "HO HO",  as she still calls him sometimes.  My parents and sister came to the house for Christmas Eve and gave us the chance to continue our Christmas Eve traditions.

We threw out reindeer food in the yard.
 That's my dad behind her in his camo.  It keeps him warm:)
 I love how it looks like snow:)
 She 'saw' Santa and Rudolph flying the sky and yelled to them..."Santaaaaaa!!!! Please bring me a Minnie Mouse BIIIIIIIKEE!"
 I finally got to take a picture of our Christmas tree.
 The coveted Minnie Mouse bike.
 Santa came! We said Santa would only bring three gifts (even though a few extra little things got thrown in).  I like the idea of keeping it a three gift minimum because Jesus received three gifts when he  was born...AND....she's going to get so much from family anyway!
 The first look...
 She sees the Minnie bike!
 And she runs like the wind:)
 Opening her stocking.  Look at that hair! She's notorious for some crazy bed head.
 Her Play-Doh masterpiece.  All 20 color variations on one "hill".
 She's so proud of herself! haha.
 Papa obviously didn't get enough for Christmas, so Avery showered him with gifts.
 Always a kid at heart!
 The Armstrong family...minus one...together at Christmas.  Merry Christmas Jacob!
 After eating waaaaay too much food that mom made...we had a little break between families.  That evening, Michael's parents came to the house...and the gifts continued!  This is Avery's new "Bulldog" chair they bought her.  It even has a cup holder for her chocolate milk.  She really liked that part!
 Lip gloss!!!!
 Giving Da a kiss with her sticky lips.
 Mimi bought Avery four different dresses to play in.  The first one was a "married" dress and she LOVED it.  She's holding my "married" flowers and checking herself out in the mirror.
 Admiring her Snow White dress.
 We can't forget Cinderella.
 Group picture!  Cotton just licked my face before the picture.
 Mimi and Da!
 The day after Christmas we went to Michael's grandparents' house.  MaMa and DaDa love their little princess.
 She got a Baby Alive and was holding, shooshing, and kissing her all night while telling her in a whispering voice..."Shhh, it's gonna be ok, baby."
 She arrived as Snow White and left as Belle.  Every new outfit she opened she had to put on instantly. This is her riding Mimi's horse when she was a little girl.

We can definitely say this Christmas was a great one...not because of the good gifts we gave and received, but because of the family we got to spend it with.  It was very important for me to let Avery know we really celebrate Christmas because it was when Jesus was born.  I think she got it when she told me a few weeks ago..."Baby Jesus is in my belly".  Hahaha...ok Avery!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Paige Ewing Photography

Hello friends and family...and strangers who follow my blog;) I wanted to share this video with all of you that shows a behind the scenes look at what's keeping me from blogging more often! Paige Ewing Photography began around this time two years ago...and has succeeded beyond what I imagined. Even though it does take away from my free time to blog more makes money! haha. (Which Michael is more pleased with!) I hope you like the video!
Paige Ewing Photography Behind the Scenes from Edwin Hammond on Vimeo.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Year-End Wrap Up

We had my high school's 10 Year Reunion in Savannah. We already had a small graduating class from Pinewood, 37 when you try to get everyone together 10 years later...the group is even smaller.  It was a blast and those who came were my closest friends from school, anyway!

Avery was a "Halloween Princess" instead of the cute candy corn witch the costume was intended for. She wasn't into the she just was a 'princess' instead:)

Her cousins Bella and Jonathan...look at all those blue eyes!
Her BFF...Alyssa.

Avery was 2.5 in November, and I took her bi-yearly pictures in the mountains at my mom's neighborhood.  She's so grown up!
For four years now, our friends from Georgia College get together and have a "331 Thanksgiving".  It's called that because the address to their house in college was 331 West Montgomery Street.  The group just keeps growing each year with new babies and better halves.
My mom hosted Thanksgiving at her house in Jasper, Ga where she lives in Bent Tree.  It was a beautiful fall day and the food was AWESOME!  It was great having all of us together.  We were just missing my brother, Jacob.
Gymnast in training:)

I have been truly blessed to be a part of a women's bible study every week through 12Stone Church.  These are the cool girls at our Christmas party. We are doing a "Warrior Wives" study and it's been amazing.
Merry Christmas from the Ewings!  This was the front of our Christmas card.  You would have never known Avery drew all over her face 20 minutes before time to leave and thought she was a cat!  That girl keeps me busy:)
Jimmy Kimmel is a late night talk show host who told his viewers to let their kids open a present early for Christmas...but make it a horrible one...and film it.   Here's mine!