2011 was one of the BEST years yet! I've put together a little timeline of the most memorable things from each month this past year:
January- Auburn Defeats Oregon to win the NCAA Football National Championship!!! WAAAR EAGLE!
February- Our first born, Lila Elizabeth, turned one, and we celebrated with a big party at my parent's house in Suwanee, Georgia. We also found out that we were having another baby girl (Alli!).
March- 20 weeks pregnant (halfway to meeting our Allison Neal!).
April- Celebrated my 27th birthday and Easter with my family in town to visit.
May- Last trip to Atlanta before baby Alli was born, visited with lots and lots of family.
June- A lot of nesting, cleaning, swimming, taking Lila to gymnastics class and getting ready for baby Alli.
July- Allison Neal Gentry was born on July 13, 2011 at 1:01pm!
August- We survived our first month with a newborn and a toddler, got out of the house more, and reunited with playgroup friends.
September- football season started back with a divided house. One week Lila would wear Auburn and Alli would wear Alabama and the next they would switch. Lila also started the toddler class at St. Christopher's MDO
October- Celebrated Alli's first Halloween and took Lila trick-or-treating for the first time. They were the cutest little strawberries.
November- Celebrated Alli's first Thanksgiving with the Braseltons and Disibios here in Texas.
December- Celebrated Alli's first Christmas and our first Christmas in Texas. Santa was really good to the girls and we had a great time lounging around the house watching them play with their new toys.
I hope that 2012 will be just as wonderful as 2011 has been! Have a Happy New Year!!
Christmas Day was such a wonderful, lazy day filled with excitement, eating, and present-opening. Lila caught a bad cold several days before and was still not feeling very well, so we weren't sure how she'd react to all her new presents. She didn't know what to expect when she first came out of her room and saw what Santa had put in her living room, but she warmed up pretty quickly to all her new toys. We heard a lot of "wow"s and "oh cool"s as she would discover something new that Santa had brought. Even Alli had a great time going through her stocking and playing with the rattles and musical toys that Santa brought for her.
playing in her new playhouse
sitting together in their Pottery Barn chairs
We spent the ENTIRE day playing with toys and unwrapping the many gifts that their great-grandparents, grandparents, and aunts and uncles had sent for the girls. It took us 10 hours (not exaggerating) to go through everything, because the present-opening kept getting halted due to meals and naps. For dinner, we had a delicious ham as well as green bean casserole, Sister Schubert rolls, and sweet potato casserole. Both girls got tubbies and ended the day the same way they started, playing with their new things and watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.
It was such a wonderful Christmas and one that we are sure not to forget. It was Alli's first Christmas and our first Christmas in Texas. We missed being with our extended families, but our girls made this year so much fun and special.
relaxing after a busy day of presents and playtime