So here are the last six days chronicled in photographs:
On the 23rd we celebrated Christmas with my mom’s side of the family. We had some major excitement this year - right before we sat down to eat dinner, my 38-week-pregnant-cousin Hope’s water broke! She and Brad, her husband, rushed off to the hospital, and baby Annie was born seven hours later. What a Christmas gift for all of us!
The Santa suit – we definitely got our money’s worth out of it. She wore it three days in a row!
My mom, her mom, and Miss Madeline
Rachel and Charlie got Guitar Hero Rock Band for Christmas! Fun times…
Cousins Becca and Andrew opening presents
Madeline’s first Christmas present from her grandparents – a rocking horse
Rachel being herself
Our little family – it’s fun being “three” now :)
Opening a present with dad
Rachel (my sis), my grandmother, and me
Rachel and Charlie baking for Christmas Eve. We have gone to
The sisters and my granddad, “Pap”
Madeline and her Pap
Madeline and her Uncle Mike
The sons-in-law up to no good
Aunt Sally and Rach – two peas in a pod
Rachel and Charlie
Rach, M, and me
On Christmas Day we started out at home. It was great fun to enjoy the morning just the three of us. We spent the rest of the day with my immediate family at my parents' house.
You know what they say about babies liking the wrapping more than the actual gifts? It's true.
The sisters in our matching Christmas vests and matching Christmas shoes
Dad in his new leather coat. I’m not sure I should I have posted this one….
More Guitar Hero!
The day after Christmas, we traveled to
Daniel’s g’ma opening our gift to her
Madeline working her very first puzzle with her grandpa. I must explain… Madeline started out in her Santa suit AGAIN, but after we decided to build a fire in the fireplace despite the 65 degree weather, all that polyester had to come off. It was about 85 degrees in the living room!
Madeline and her Aunt Emily
The foot stool that Daniel built for Emily for Christmas – more photos to come
Madeline trying out the step stool that Daniel built for his parents
Christmas breakfast with Daniel’s family – his mom and sister Emily
And last, but perhaps most importantly, tonight I got to meet my new cousin for the first time – little Annie. She is a beautiful baby!
And the proud mama
Welcome to the world, baby Annie.