Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Georgia Christmas Celebration

After Graduation, as I mentioned before, my mom stayed for a few days. She stayed so that I would have help with Ruthie while Matt was gone to TX for a conference and interview. Matt left on Monday for TX and on Wed we left for GA. We picked up Matt from the airport late on Thurs night/Fri morning at the ATL airport. We spent a few days just visiting family, shopping, opening presents, and enjoying some yummy food.

Here is Ruthie enjoying her first taste of spaghetti. She loved it and just kept eating!

 Here she is in front of my grandparents tree ready to open presents.
 "Look, an ornament!"

 Ruthie and Aunt Hannah Leigh
 Aunt Hannah Leigh, Uncle Seth, and Ruthie

 Ruthie with the great grandparents

 Opening her toy horse

 gloves and glove clips

 Books! Ruthie loves books and especially loves turning the pages!

 "Are there more presents?"
 "I love my sock monkey"- this was a sock monkey that my great grandma Chambliss made me when I was little. My mom found it and cleaned it for Ruthie! How special is that!

 And now for the mommy horse
 Big Bird- this also was mine and my siblings growing up. It is the one that you put a cassette tape in the bottom of it and it talks. We don't have a cassette, but we do have big bird and that is good enough for this Sesame Street loving baby. Aunt Hannah Leigh also send Ruthie her Tickle Me Elmo from when she was a child. Ruthie is has so many new toys now- there are a few not even pictured!
 Here is Ruthie in her Christmas PJs
 Opening her presents from Nana and Papa Greene

 It is a My Pal Violet. It is so cool. Violet plays songs and even says Ruthie's name (after we programed it of course). She loves it and dances to the music when it comes on. So cute!

 Here is Ruthie opening another First Christmas ornament. So cute!
 She loves it!

On Saturday night, we went to the Annual Daniel Dean Christmas party. Daniel was the best man in our wedding. It was great to see some friends and celebrate Christmas as well as Daniel's Birthday! Ruthie really liked the yummy lasagna and ate a whole piece by herself. She is really starting to have an appetite! 
Then that evening we headed to Brunswick for another interview for Matt. It was a whirlwind trip so if we didn't see you that is why. We then headed to Augusta to cut out a very long drive for Monday and that we only had a medium long drive of 9 hours. We stayed with Matt's high school friend Amanda and her husband (Gary) and 14 month old (Lainey). On Monday morning, we went to a breakfast diner with Amanda and Lainey and met up with Mary and Charlene Green (Paul Green's mom and sister, Paul was also in our wedding). Here are some pics from breakfast. 

Ruthie and Lainey

 The kids and the parents

 Mary, Charlene, and the girls

We still have no answer on either job. Just pray for a quick answer from the churches and the right salary and benefits that he will need to sustain our family. We will keep you updated when we know something!

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