Saturday, December 13, 2008

Arbolito de Navidad...O Christmas Tree!!

We were so excited to take our little JJ along with us this year for a very special Christmas tradition-- picking out our Christmas tree! Of course it was very very cold, so we didn't spend too much time outside, but JJ picked out a pretty tree... with mama and daddy's help! :)

Nos dio tanto gozo llevarle a nuestro pequenio JJ con nosotros este anio para una tradicion Navidenia muy especial-- escoger nuestro arbolito de Navidad! Claro que estaba tan, pero tan frio, asi que no pasamos mucho tiempo afuera, pero JJ pudo escojer un lindo arbolito...con la ayuda de mama y daddy! :)

Here he is trying to decide which one...

Aqui esta tratando de decidir cual escojer para la casita...
...he really only wanted to touch them all!

...realmente solo queria toparles a toditos!
Back home, we put the lights up on our tree while JJ slept, but when he woke up, he was quick to want to help mama with the decorations...especially the round shiny ornaments! (probably because he likes anything that resembles a ball:)
Devuelta en la casa, pusimos las luces en el arbolito mientras JJ dormia, pero cuando se desperto, rapidamente quiso ayudarle a mama con las decoraciones...especialmente los bombillos brillantes! (probablemente porque le gusta cualesquier cosa que se parece a una pelota:)
We put the ornament up, and then he quickly changed his mind, wanting it back in his hand!
Colocamos el bombillo en el arbol, e inmediatamente JJ cambio de parecer, queriendo el bombillo devuelta en su manito!
The final product-- JJ's first Christmas tree! It makes the house smell oh so good, and JJ loves to watch the lights come on every day! We can't wait for abuelitos and tio Andres and tia Natalia to get here to celebrate Christmas with us and to show them our Christmas tree!
El producto final-- el primer arbolito de Navidad de JJ! Le da un rico olor a la casa, y a JJ le encanta ver como se prenden las luces cada dia! No podemos esperar que vengan los abuelitos y tios para celebrar la Navidad y para enseniarles nuestro arbolito!
F E L I Z N A V I D A D ! !

Friday, December 5, 2008

North Carolinaaaaaaaa!!!

We recently had the blessing to be able to take our little JJ to North Carolina to visit with his abuelitos, grandparents, aunts, uncle and cousins. Unfortunately, we will not be able to be in NC during the actual holidays, so we were glad to be able to make this quick, last-minute trip. These times always fly by, seem so short, and are filled with so much joy and so many smiles...
JJ laughed so hard with his abuelita, who sang to him, chased him around and simply gave him much amor! :)Having a fun conversation with Tia Natalia...Showing off his walking skills with Abuelito...Waiting for his Cheerios from Abuelita..."Mira Abuelita, no hands!!!" :)JJ was sad to say goodbye, but enjoyed a last lunch with Abuelito at his workplace...A huge blessing is having both of our families so close that we are able to visit with both on one trip. JJ loves Valenzuela-time and Greene-time...double the fun...double the love! :)

Reading a book with Grandpa Chick, who also gave him his first Skittle!Sleeping sweetly with GramsUncle Josh waking with two sweet babies..."Learning"...or eating...numbers with aunt GingerAunt Val with sweet, 3-month-old, Lily...One of the highlights of our trip...playing basketball with PatrickDaddy loving the fall outdoors with little JJJ loves his cousin Lily (just a reminder of how big our little boy is getting!)Trying to get a nice Christmas portrait of the cousins. I think they were all overly stimulated by everyone trying to make them smile...I think they forgot how to smile altogether at the end...but they were still cute together! :) Hopefully we'll be back soon! Family time is sooo precious to us.