Happy Birthday Baby Bean!!!

We let baby bean open one of her presents this morning before Mr. Bean went to work. It's so fun to see how excited she gets now over her presents. Enjoy my nostalgia!

Her original birthday.

Her 1st Birthday.

Today. Her 2nd Birthday.




For you Brother Bean.

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Both

2. Tree--Real or Artificial? Real

3. When do you put Christmas tree up? After Thanksgiving

4. When do you take the tree down? There's no telling. Probably mid January

5. Like egg nog? Gag me.

6. Do you have a nativity scene? No but I'm in the market for one. Any suggestions?

7. Favorite gift received as a child? The 3 story barbie mansion with elevator. Until my brothers used it to shoot my barbies across the room.

8. Hardest person to buy for? Uncle Bruce

9. Easiest person to buy for? Dave, he always wants Craftsman

10. Worst Christmas gift? A miniature calendar for the wrong year.

11. Mail or email a Christmas Card? Mail

12. Favorite Christmas movie? It Came Upon a Midnight Clear and Hobo's Christmas

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? October

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Maybe once

15. Favorite food to eat on Christmas? Dad's homemade cinnamon rolls.

16. Clear or colored tree lights? Twinkling Colored Lights

17. Favorite Christmas Song? It Doesn't Have To Be That Way Music Jim Croce

18. Travel during Christmas or Stay home? This year, stay home

19. Can you name Santa's reindeer? Sleepy, Bashful, Grumpy, Sneezy, oh wait, you said reindeer didn't you? Of course!

20. Angel or Star on Tree top? Previously and Angel, this year a Star

21. Open presents on Christmas Eve or morning? Christmas morning of course

22. Most annoying thing about this time of year? Pressure to buy nice gifts when that's not even the reason for the season.


Baby Bean Turns 2!

As I was reading through blogs today I saw Mrs. Gates blog and thought I would do a post about Baby Bean and her impending Birthday. It's so bizarre to look back and see how much she has changed. This time last year we were about to move into our house and then jet off to AL/NC for Christmas to celebrate her 1st birthday 3 times. This year she will be with us at home for a nice little celebration. She has grown so much this year. She has gone from crawling to walking/running/jumping/hiding. From 6 teeth to 16 teeth. From no distinguishable hair to wispies that float in the breeze. From a few indistinct words to full on sentences/questions/conversations. She has in the last 6 months alone become about 60% potty trained, learned her colors (including gold and silver), learned a few shapes (circle, square, diamond, octagon, triangle), learned to count to 10 and to dress herself including putting her shoes on the right feet. This is crazy!!!! She has even learned to sing Jingle Bells and the bumble bee song. You know, "I'm bringing home a baby bumble bee. Won't my mommy be so proud of me...." I can't imagine what she's going to learn in her 3rd year. What's left? Anyways, she will be 2 in a week and a half so I will leave you all with a few pictures until the actual birthday. Merry Christmas to you all!

The Christmas Tree in Union Station's Grand Hall

Trying on dad's socks and shoes.

Trying on Grandpa's boots.

Getting caught in dad's wallet. That's my girl!

Her true personality shining through. Go figure!


Christmas Time is Here...

Sorry for the delay in post. We have been busy busy with Christmas spirit around here. We have our tree up and decorated and our lights are glowing brightly inside and out. Stockings are hung and we even have a Santa photo to share. Baby Bean isn't exactly happy, but she's not crying either. Enjoy and I'll try to be more in depth soon. :)