Monday, June 15, 2009

Evan's 9th month ~ First Christmas!

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Evan ~ 9 months old
(Mommy loved this cardigan sweater...another great one from Janie and Jack!)


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This was one of the first times Evan paid any attention or loved on his teddy bear!


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In our little apartment, we didn't have a lot of storage space so we had to keep our's and Evan's movies on a shelf on the bookcase, and as soon as Evan started pulling himself up, he headed straight for the movies! He loved pulling them all down onto the floor and making a big mess!


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Evan the choo-choo train conductor!


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Evan drives his "silver bullet"! Fastest thing on four wheels that runs on quarters!  Evan rides his first little quarter ride at the mall after having his picture taken with Santa! We're not sure if he liked it, but he definitely knew to hold on to the steering wheel!



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Evan drives the safari jeep!


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Such a sweet face!


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The only thing better than chewing on your own toys is chewing on someone else's toys! Evan loved Lanny's toys!




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Evan's 1st Christmas


Mommy sat up a little Christmas photo shoot to take some pictures of Evan in his cute little Christmas suit! It was an adorable little red and white "houndstooth" one piece outfit with a little button-on applique of a truck with a Christmas tree in it. The button-on applique could be removed and replaced with a little white polar bear so the outfit could be used after Christmas.

Here are some of the pictures I got at this photo session:

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Evan in his Christmas suit and Christmas bib!


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Without the bib!


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Oh yeah, he's crawling and even pulling up and cruising! Great news for the Christmas tree!




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Here's the cutest present under the tree!


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Playing under the Christmas tree!


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Of course, Evan met Santa!


Since we lived in Charlotte and were so close to the mountains, we took a trip up to the Appalachians to find our Christmas tree! It was a very memorable experience although it was a little cold!

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Daddy and Evan find the perfect tree! Daddy always wants to get one that is too big!



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Mommy and Evan like this one!


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Mommy and Evan hang one of his special ornaments on the tree!


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Daddy shows Evan how to decorate a tree!



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Is that a little elf under the tree?


Another photo session when Nana and Papa came to visit


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Thanks, Nana, for this adorable outfit! Mommy loved my little reindeer booty!


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A picture with Mommy!


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A Family Christmas!


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Christmas with Nana and Papa!


We'll Be Home for Christmas!

For Evan's very first Christmas, we wanted to start a tradition of spending Christmas together as a family and spending Christmas with both Mommy's and Daddy's families too! We planned to have our little Christmas at home before we left to share Christmas with our families. We had a nice little Christmas and let Evan open his presents from "Santa." Although in the future, we planned to stay at home on Christmas Eve so that Evan could experience Christmas morning in his own house, we did plan to make an exception this year. Since Sherry's Granny had recently passed away, her Mom's family wanted to get together one last time at her Granny's house on Christmas Eve. We wanted to share this special memory with the family so we headed to Goldsboro, NC on Christmas Eve. On Christmas Eve, Uncle Paul, Aunt Jessica, Emma & Lanny met us at Nana and Papa's house to share a Christmas meal and open presents together. The kids always have a great time together, and the highlight of this year was that both boys got a ball popper. That was a big hit for about 20 or 30 minutes! Evan just liked chewing on the balls. On Christmas morning, we got up and shared Christmas breakfast with Nana and Papa before heading to Rockingham for Christmas lunch with Eddie's family. Grandma gave Evan his favorite Christmas present...a rocking lion! We decided to get him a lion instead of a horse since his room was decorated in safari animals.

Enjoy the pictures:

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Evan gets a present from Santa!


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He loved the paper the best!


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What a mess one little boy can make!


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Santa brought Evan a walker/ride-on lion, and Evan loved pushing his nose and making him growl and sing!


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Evan gets his first candy cane at Nana and Papa's!


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Evan, Emma & Lanny enjoy the ball popper!


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Evan's favorite present! Look at our big boy standing up!


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Evan goes for his first ride! Mommy had to cover this lion's wild hair because Evan kept getting it in his mouth!


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Christmas with the Reeses!


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Being Great-Grandpa's boy!


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And Grandma's baby!





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