Was Evan's 2nd Christmas as much fun as the 1st? Absolutely! He was so cute his first Christmas, but of course, he was more aware of what was going on his second Christmas. We enjoyed showing him everything and continuing to make Christmas traditions for him. Eddie and I also enjoyed getting into the Christmas spirit this year by going to see the Nutcracker ballet and can't wait until Evan is old enough to go with us!
THE LIGHTING OF THE GREAT TREE CELEBRATION
We decided to take Evan to see a little Charlotte Christmas tradition this year at South Park Mall. There is a large amphitheater set up near the mall where various concerts and events are held throughout the year. At Christmas, a large tree is lit up with lights and a huge Christmas concert takes place. Of course, Santa makes an appearance, and there are even some Christmas fireworks! We ate dinner before going to the celebration and only arrived a few minutes before the tree was lit, but it was a nice tradition and put us all in the Christmas spirit. It was actually rainy and a little cold that night too!
Daddy and Evan in front of the Great Tree!
Mommy and Evan watch the fireworks with the Great Tree behind them!
CHRISTMAS TREE SHOPPING
Mommy and Evan find the perfect tree!
Daddy and Evan point to the tree they want!
CHRISTMAS PHOTO SESSION
Evan tries on his Christmas outfit! It was a cute little green longall with tools embroidered on it and a stocking that buttoned on over the tools.
Talking to Santa!
A Family Photo with Santa! (this was a great opportunity at Uncle Paul and Aunt Jessica's country club)
A Christmas Photo of Evan and his cousins, Emma and Lanny, in front of a cozy fire!
A Special Christmas concert!
DECORATING THE TREE
Helping Mommy decorate the tree!
Christmas Kisses - Who needs mistletoe?
Our lovely traditional tree!
A picture with Mommy in front of the tree! He had to have the candy cane to take this picture!
A Family picture in front of the tree!
So we started our tradition of waking up at home on Christmas morning, and it was wonderful! Evan got to see all the presents "Santa" had brought him under his tree and in his stocking! After opening the presents at home, we packed up the car and headed to Grandma's!
Just woke up!
Still sleepy as he comes into the living room to see what Santa brought. He woke up real quick when he saw all the goodies! So cute in his Christmas pj's!
His new 4-wheeler was the first thing he spotted!
Going for a Christmas ride!
Daddy shows Evan how to drive!
Opening the first wrapped present!
What is it, Mommy?
A "Little People" airport and road for imaginative play!
And last but certainly not least, dumping his stocking out on the floor and seeing all his candy and toys!
TO GRANDMA'S HOUSE WE GO...AND NANA'S AND PAPA'S!
Evan got his favorite present at Grandma's house...a real soccer ball and goal!
Showing cousin Lilly how to play putt-putt!
Playing outside with his new soccer ball and goal before it started raining!
Eating breakfast at the kiddie table at Nana & Papa's!
Eating lunch with Emma and Lanny at the kiddie table!
Sweet cousin Reade's 1st Christmas!
Emma and Evan share a special seat at Nana & Papa's!
Aunt Sherry watches Emma open her present!
Evan has a chat with Elmo!
Evan and Lanny both got Wonder Pets flyboats from Nana and Papa! They both love that show!
Lanny got his first pair of roller skates and a special Elmo helmet and pads!
Sweet Reade gets his first Elmo!
Big Sister Emma gives Baby Reade some sweet love!
Sunday, September 27, 2009
In Fall of 2008, Mommy decided to take Evan to see Sesame Street Live in Charlotte while Daddy was out of town for work. She thought it would be a fun adventure for the two of them. He may have been a little young, but he was so well-behaved, and he looked so cute sitting in his chair and dancing to the music. The title of the show was "When Elmo Grows Up" and was all about what the characters wanted to be when they grew up. Elmo could not make up his mind what he wanted to be and just wanted to be EVERYTHING! Mommy's favorite part was when Bert and Ernie wanted to be "forest rangers" since that is so close to Evan's Daddy's profession!