Santa = torture

Mackenzie's 1 year pics! (thanks to timmy :) .... and thanks for the "willis studios" logo babe, nice touch.
She had the best birthday ever! She got purses, babydolls, a baby stroller, a tea set and cart, clothes, Bee bop band, Minnie Mouse, and a pink 4 wheeler from all her friends and family.

David didn't know quite what to think of all the pink. This was our conversation:
David: "Mommy, I want some pink stuff too. Can Santa bring me pink stuff?"
Me: "Well, pink stuff is kinda for girls... but, you can play with it too!"
David: "Mommy, I want Santa to bring me a blue purse then."

I am learning that toys are cross- gender having a boy and girl. Toys know no discrimination!
Here they are!

Lastly, the infamous Santa picture. Mackenzie was not a fan, as you can see. Why do we torture our kids and make them see Santa??? David did love him this year though!David told Santa he wanted gum and an apple. Poor kid! We have those in the pantry! It is sweet he doesn't "expect" the world, so he will be easy to please and VERY excited about what is coming!

As far as Santa goes.... it really has never crossed our minds to not do "Santa" with the kids. We both had such great, fun families and it was just a great part of our childhood.
We do explain and emphasize the reason for Christmas. With both of them so young, this year we will make Jesus a birthday cake and celebrate his birth that way with them. Each of our kids also gets 3 gifts each, just like Jesus received 3 gifts from the wise men!
Thats our deal!
The great part about having your own family is that you can do whatever you want! Tim and I have always just made our own decisions and frankly, don't really care what other people think!! You have to decide early on to make a decision and be confident in it. Being a mom has brought me into my own and taught me to not compare my life..... and it's also made me not give a hoot what other people think about me, I hope to raise my kids the same way!

Lastly, everyone says Mackenzie looks like Cindy Lou Who from the Grinch... i can see it!
Also, these were her super cute and EASY party favors I made!!! I got the idea from this blog.

So glad you had a great first birthday, sweetheart!!!


Chad and Kristin Pendley said...

The Santa picture is priceless. Your kiddos are so adorable. I can't believe Mackenzie is one...I'm planning Maddie's 1st b-day now, too! I totally agree with your motto on raising your kids the way you want. Everyone feels it is their need to tell you how to do things, but I just say thanks and if I choose to listen ok, if not then great! You know your kids and family better than anyone! I hope y'all have a very Merry Christmas!!

Meeshin' Around said...

I love that sweet picture of Mackenzie - she looks like a little angel! Merry Christmas!

Sara said...

Happy Birthday sweet girl!! Can't wait to see you tomorrow...pics are adorable! Love the logo Tim!!

Cecilia said...

What sweet pictures! Glad to see she had a great birthday.

Rachel said...

Such awesome pics!!!! And M does kind of look like Cindy Lou Who!!:)

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