Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Santa & Baking!

It has been another whirlwind of a week, but all very fun!!!

Thursday night, Ella and I went to Kristin's annual Santa On The Roof. This was our second time to get to go. Ella was SO EXCITED to see Santa this year!!! She is VERY into Christmas and it's so fun.

Santa on the Roof.

Santa has a gift for each child that is there. When Santa yelled "Ella", Kristin helped Ella catch her present!

Ella was so happy to see Santa!

Maybe a smidge happier this year than last year. What do you think?

I sent this picture in to the Ellen show last year, but it didn't make the cut for her Bad Santa Photos segment.

Ella loves her friend Laney.

Friday, we packed up and stayed at Heath's sister's house for the weekend. It was our annual Christmas baking weekend. Every year we all get together and hibernate in one house and bake dozens upon dozens of breads and cookies. And then split them up and give them away as presents. It's always a lot of fun.

This year, first thing, Heath's mom got to open a surprise Christmas present from Heath's sister!!!

It's the major, deluxe one. Heath's mom is well deserving. She is an incredible cook and baker.

A huge thank you hug!

Breaking it in!

It definitely got a work out.

"More, please!"

In between timers, mixing, and measuring, we did a LOT of this!

Fun times!

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Holly said...

What a wonderful tradition, Janelle! I love that kind of time with family. There is nothing like it.

And Ella looks so lovely in her plaid shirt. I want one just like it! :-)

Praying for you today--enjoy and savor the day, friend!

ashley said...

Those pictures are too cute. :) Ella is adorable and growing more and more each year. Hope you have a great Christmas!

Mindy said...

I love that Santa on the Roof thing. How awesome for sweet Ella.

In HIM -

Amanda said...

I'm so glad Ella liked Santa a little more this year. Also, how cool that Heath's mom got that red mixer!

Danielle (Life with the Hewitt Family) said...

What a fun tradition you have. I would love to start that tradition with my mom, granny, and sisters.

Lindsee said...

Janelle!! I just wanted to let you know that you won one of my plates!! WOO HOO!! Email me your address at lindsee.eddy@gmail.com and I'll get it to you!

I put it on my blog but didn't know when you might see it!! :)

Have a fabulous Tuesday!


Jake said...

Last years Christmas with Santa picture caught me offguard and I laughed SOO loud in my quiet office. HAHAHA! I love it!

miss you guys, I bought a Jesus Calling book and do it by myself every morning!

connorcolesmom said...

LOL I love the pictures - it truly captures her darling personality
And the santa pic from last yr is precious!
But my favorite pic is the one of sweet Ella on the couch snuggling with her daddy - sweet times indeed!
Love ya

Sunni at The Flying Mum said...

I still think it's a shame Ellen didn't put that picture on the show! Such a good one!

And is that summer sausage I see? I love it!

MamaCass said...

What a fun weekend! Heath's mom is so sweet. I can't believe Ellen didn't except the picture of Ella and Laney last year. It is so funny. They both look so grown up this year!

The Sanders House said...

i love the santa on the roof pictures! so fun! ella and laney are so grown up in the picture! a year goes by so fast, because it just seems like yesterday that i as laughing at last years crying pics!
(i will call soon...i promise!...the pacee war has been taking up some time and i don't to have a conversation with screaming in the background!!!!) :)

Helen said...

What a fun tradition!

Kelli said...

I saw the picture on Kristen's blog of the girls from last year and always think that is a million times better than the ones that make it on the Ellen show! You should send it again next year!

What a fun weekend of baking, and I love all the pictures of Ella doing my favorite part.... licking the bowl!

Jill Marie said...

So wish I could have been at Santa on the Roof with ya'll. Ella is precious as always.
Sorry to break it to you....but I tagged you. Go to my blog and see what to do.