Sunday, December 28, 2008


We had such a lovely Christmas this year. The girls got more than they could possibly ever want, thanks in large part to their grandparents...on both sides. We've also been spending lots of time with my sister and her family who made the trek to Indiana all the way from the Florida Keys. It's so nice to see them. Annie has twin two-year old boys, so you can just imagine how fun Christmas was having all the kids together...there was never a dull moment! Check out some of the crazyness...

Christmas Eve at my grandma's house. Ella and Eva are playing with their cousins, Gabe and Gavin.

Getting ready for bed on Christmas Eve. The girls put out a sugar cookie, banana and chocolate milk for Santa. The rumor around our house is that Santa gets tired of regular old plain milk.

Christmas morning at our house.

Christmas at my parents' house with gifts piled high!

Me and my girls.

David and Ella posing by the fireplace...I think Eva took this picture!

David surprised me this year with a wonderful favorite actually. I'm still a little shocked at his sneakyness. So, imagine my surprise when I opened my last box on Christmas morning and found a Jodi Ohl original! I checked Jodi's etsy shop often...just to see if the two pieces that were on my Christmas list were still there. I pretty much wrote it off as a lost cause when both pieces were still in Jodi's shop on Christmas Eve. So, I was totally elated when I opened that box!

Here is the piece that hubby got for me. It's called "Burgess Street". Be sure to check out Jodi's work in her etsy shop.

I also got tons of new art supplies...canvases, scrapbook papers, gel medium, watercolor paper...and a gift card that I've already spent and then some. I think I feel my muse starting to return. And my sis and I had a girl's afternoon out and went to the spa for massages today...I totally needed the pampering and enjoyed every minute of it.

So after the excitment of Christmas faded a bit, I realized that my precious little kitty cat had vanished. She's an older indoor cat and never ventures far, but she has been gone for almost 5 days now and we haven't a clue where she could be. We've scoured the neighborhood, hung up flyers and talked to the neighbors, but there's still no sign of her. I can't imagine where she could be. She is just like one of the family...I've had her since I've lived on my own and she was "my" cat. I hope she comes back soon.

We also celebrated a birthday here yesterday. Eva turned two years old...where does the time go? It seems like just yesterday Ella was two and Eva was a newborn. While she's definitely been a handful (much more so than her sister ever was)...we love her so much and enjoy her little personality (most of the time). She's definitely got a mind of her own. I wonder (and worry) what she'll be like as a teenager...we're in for some major trouble with this one.


ArtSnark said...

Looks like a lovely celebratio! You're going to have your hands full when those 2 get older, I bet! Lucky you- art supplies & a SweetLucy original. Thanks for sharing :D
PS Hope your kitty finds the way home soon

Lucy said...

Oh my goodness...all the pictures of the kidlets on Christmas Eve reminds me sooooo much of me, my sisters, and my many cousins running around with our jammies crazy with excitement way back when. I love the part about the Santa can see why he'd get tired of reg old milk after 14 billion houses to visit in one night!

Well I'm sooo happy you love your gift from DH--he is a sneaky one, but obviously a great listener and knows how to take a You have a beautiful family and it looks like you all had a great Christmas with the exception of dear kitty--I'm sorry she went missing. I hope that you find her safe and sound soon.

The look on your wee one is priceles in the last :)

xoxo, Jodi


Alisa, what wonderful pictures from your family Christmas. It is so nice to see the photos and share in your joy. I do hope your sweet cat returns home soon....

Persimmons Gal said...

Such a beautiful little family you are! Sneaky husband you are a lucky girl! That painting is so beautiful and now that Jodi is a cover girl and even better investment! :) Hope you find your kitty soon. Have a happy happy new year! ♥kim

Kathy said...

Oh my how blessed you are with that wonderful family. Your daughters are precious, hear me, precious. That little one does look as if she would be a handful at times, and just as sweet as sugar, other times. How fun! I have been thinking of your kitty, I do hope there is good news soon. She is beautiful, I can't image the worry.
Thanks for sharing your Christmas with us, Happy New Year to you my sweet friend.

PCarriker said...

Alisa your family is just beautiful! How fun to get all of the art supplies and a wonderful painting by Jodi!Still hoping your kitty finds her way home sweetie:-)

Tina said...

Looks like you had a great Christmas! Tell the girls that Santa Drinks Choc. milk here at our house too :) Have a Happy New Year!

Loudlife said...

Adorable family!!! What sweet girls! I had to laugh, your home present to relative's house present ratio was about the same as ours. I keep wondering if she's going to want to just skip our house and move on to the big show at my aunt's in future years.

Your husband rocks! What a great present! A really beautiful joice on your part, too. I love that one!

Keeping my fingers crossed for a quick kitty return...

ElegantSnobbery said...

What a lovely Christmas! You and your girls are just adorable!