Friday, December 05, 2008


We have several Christmas traditions. I hope to blog about them at some point. One of our favorites is letting the kids pick out their own ornament each year. The kids love having the freedom to pick whatever they choose. I love it because we have a tangible record of what captivated their interest in previous years. For example, Anna Kate has a Dora and Boots ornament from her Dora Days. Of course she has a princess ornament, as well. She also has a Bride and Groom ornament from the year that our dear friends, Kevin and Becky, got married. Anna Kate was their flower girl in their January wedding. She picked a bride and groom because that is what she was thinking about and anticipating that Christmas.
This year was Jake's first opportunity to really show his style. His first Christmas he was just 3 months old. I chose a picture frame ornament and put his picture in it. Last year we were in Pennsylvania and we made salt dough ornaments with our names painted on them. So this year was his big debut. What did he choose? Why, a big orange fish with a purple hat and big, red lips, of course. And he wasn't wishy-washy about it. He wanted that fish and no other ornament would do. I think it's quite funny.

Anna Kate chose a little ballerina set with toe-shoes, a tutu and a tiara, which perfectly suits her little dancing-self. She spins everywhere she goes.

Max chose his 3rd Darth Vader in a row. We now have a Darth Vader with his hands on his hips, a Darth Vader with one hand up in the air and a teeny-tiny Darth Vader that came in a set. He's a devoted fan.

We (wisely) took their pictures with their ornaments as soon as we got home from the store. Approximately 3 minutes after the pictures were taken Jake dropped his fish and broke the big, red lips right off. So sad.

It's a bit more tricky to get Jake to pose by his ornament.

And a close-up of the now lip-less fish...


Blogger Laura said...

too cute! jake looks just like chad.

we miss you guys. we need a big reunion with us and jamie and d sometime. love ya!

December 5, 2008 at 8:08 AM  
Blogger Jamie Butts said...

I agree, Laura. We need a big reunion! Did you get my e-mail, Laura, by the way? I guess Jake looks less like Wyatt than I thought, too. Maybe just when they were both little.
Erin!!! I miss you! I'm sorry about the phone tag, or lack thereof this week... e-mail tag, whatever. I missed you at Thanksgiving. It was so fun last year. Jake's huge. Such a fun kid, too. Love his hair and smiles and that fish... it's hilarious.
How did Chad do on Black Friday? Bet he slept hard after that!

December 5, 2008 at 12:34 PM  
Blogger Mandy said...

That's so funny - somebody else wrote just what I was going to write...Jake looks just like Chad, amazing!

December 5, 2008 at 1:39 PM  
Anonymous brigitte said...

Hey I like the ornament tradition! May have to incorporate that one!

December 5, 2008 at 10:49 PM  

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