Camden loved playing with his great grandmother and the musical toys he received earlier that day. Every time he wasn't looking, she and I would turn them off hoping he would forget about them and the noise they made!
I've always loved the magic that accompanies snow globes. Everything is in miniature and the swirling 'snow' around it all...just magic to me. I hope that Camden is as captivated as I was with this Elf on the Shelf globe....
Last night we hosted the annual Christmas dinner and White Elephant gift exchange we do with our friends and their family. Little guy here couldn't get enough of his Papa. When I was around, he wanted nothing to do with me. ME! The one who rolls around on the floor with him playing non-stop choo-choo trains with him!!! It was all about being with his Papa. Hmmfph. Coal in his stockings for sure....
This is Camden's Uncle Tippy's stuffed teddy bear he had when he was a little baby. It has been cuddled by both of Camden's cousins while napping here. Camden has decided that he likes napping with it as well. And just carrying it around to nuzzle every once and awhile. We named it Quiet Bear because it didn't make any sound unlike Teddy Ruxpin that was so popular back then. Quiet Bear has been waiting for the second generation to discover him since Uncle Tippy quit sleeping with it about 5 years ago.
This is little Whosits, Camden's baby brother or sister. This baby is already 7 pounds and Mama still has few more weeks to go. Karma is a wonderful thing to me. Mama weighed 8 pounds 15 ounces when she was born 21 days late!
Mama and Uncle Tippy received a Holly Bell ornament every Christmas while they were growing up. Once they moved out and had Christmas trees of their own, they were each given all of their Holly Bells to put on their own tree. Camden didn't realize that the Bells made noise and was tickled that they did. Also, after seeing the Polar Express movie, Holly Bells have a new meaning for the little ones.
Each year I have the little ones make a hand print ornament (by PearTree; available at Babies R Us) for our Christmas Tree. Just press their little hands into the dough and let it set up for a couple of days and voila!, good to go. I write their names and the year on the back of it so each of them know which one is theirs.
This is the second year that this little stocking has been out for Camden. Last year, he was still a little baby and the season meant nothing to him. This year, everything about Christmas is new! and amazing! and fun! So he was very happy to see a Teddy Bear and a Choo-Choo on his stocking.
Mama didn't want me to give him any leftover chocolate from my baking. But then, Papa and Mama decided that a 'little' chocolate would be ok. And I think that it was ok with Camden as well. What do you think?
I can no longer keep track of all the words that Camden says now. I used to write them all down on a piece of paper but that piece of paper got all filled up. He says everything as a question though. And now both Papa and I when speaking to each other, mimic the question-like speaking.
The family went to the new Discovery Center we have here in town. It's much like San Francisco's Exploriatorium. The children can play on and find out about so many things. Here, Camden and his friend Jake, sit in a mini helicopter. Camden loves 'hoppers'!!
Camden and his Mama and Daddy spent the Thanksgiving holidays in Costa Rica....he didn't crawl yet and didn't have any teeth yet. Boy, a year's difference! (and now Mama is pregnant with baby number 2!)
Camden has now entered the stage when he recognizes the camera and knows to smile. His older cousin is so used to my camera and me crawling around the floor to get a good shot. And now my baby grandson has become 'camera aware' as well. Yippee!!!