Monday, December 29, 2008

Christmas Day

Christmas Day was fantastic.

Our tree.

My favorite ornaments!

Ella posing with one of her favorite ornaments. It's a little pink angel with her name on it.

Ella's Christmas decorations in her room.

We woke up Christmas morning at our house and Ella got to open her much overflowing stocking.

Thank you Dollar Tree for sponsoring this part of our Christmas Day.

Even though Jones is not treated like our "baby" anymore like he once was, we still get him a stocking every year. His favorite toy is a white rope. It lasts about a year before he finally tears it to shreds. This is his old rope that went in the trash moments later.

And of course, the shiny new one he gets every year.

After that, we got ready and headed over to my parent's house to spend Christmas Day with my grandparents and open presents. Of course, Santa must fill a stocking for Ella at Grandma's too.

New lip gloss!

She is becoming a very good sharer.

Ella raked in the gifts again. Remember, she is still the only grandbaby on both sides of the family! So all the spoiling energy goes ALL to her.

My dad handed every gift to Ella and she took the present to the appropriate person. And she even helped open every single present.

Ella is really into My Little Pony. Probably because I really was when I was little. A few months ago, my mom found all of my old My Little Ponies AND my old castle that goes with them. Ella LOVES to play with all of them. So I think her favorite Christmas gift was this My Little Pony remote control scooter that my uncle gave her.

My mom found the most adorable doll play set! It comes with a swing, pack-n-play, stoller, activity mat, diaper bag, and of course the doll. It is SO cute.

Maybe a smidge too small.

Of course, we had to go for a nice long drive that afternoon and this time she got to take her new doll.

Yes, this would be Ella's entourage.

Ella & my Grandma Angel! They have a very sweet relationship!

Ella and the grandparents.

Ella and her Great Grandparents.

More Christmases to come.

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Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve was a fabulous night. We have a tradition where we eat a HUGE Christmas Eve dinner and then Christmas day we get to relax all day, open presents, play games and eat all the left overs.

This year, Christmas Eve was spent at my parent's house with Heath's mom and sisters. I love that my family and my in laws get along so well that we get to spend holidays together!

We had a fabulous dinner.

Heath and his sweet sisters.

Heath's sisters couldn't spend Christmas Day with us, so Ella got her present from them that night! I couldn't be more excited about it!!

Her face says it all.

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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!!! I SO hope that you have had a wonderful day. We have had a great day with family. Ella has had so much fun!

I know this day is bittersweet for so many of my close friends. If you are one of those friends, I want you to know that I am praying for you today and you have not been forgotten. I can only imagine how hard days like this can be. "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13
Love y'all!!!

Here are more of the Christmas pictures that Amber took for us!! I am in AWE of her talent. These pictures are so precious to me.

Happy Birthday, Jesus!!! We are so thankful! I love you all very much!

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