Well, I hope this finds everyone having a happy new year. I am posting this today because I am a little behind. We enjoyed our holiday and we are enjoying cleaning up and out after the fact as well trying to begin to make room for Ellie Beth.
The day after Christmas we took the kids to Kiddie Kandids to get our annual Christmas pictures done. I have found that we can get in and out in less than an hour if I go the day after Christmas instead of trying to get in to get them done before the holidays. Here are our shots from this year.
The Sunday before Christmas we had a children's program at church Michal Kate and Noah both were a part of it. It was an uplifting experience to watch our kids remind us why we celebrate this joyous season. Though the much laughter was caused by Noah, our performer, for playing his imaginary guitar and looking through his imaginary camera all while singing with the rest of the kids! He was the talk of the church. We had our friends, Matt and Tracy, in town this weekend so they were able to capture a rare family photo of us by our tree.
On our anniversary the 5 of us went out to eat and to the mall in Texarkana. We took this moment to get our annual picture with Santa. Michal Kate really seemed to enjoy it this year. Noah didn't fuss though he didn't speak either. Jack screamed until they turned on the dancing Santa just in time to get a non-crying picture.
Christmas Eve is when my family has always celbrated Christmas together so we all met at mom's that morning and enjoyed the whole day together. Here are pictures of the family that were taken throughout the day.
Papa and Gram
Tracy, Jeff, and CarsonJason, Suzanne, Allyson, Austin, and Aidan
Our annual picture in front of mom's treeThe traditional picture of the grandkids on the stairs (age order) Allyson 10, Austin 8, Carson 8, Michal Kate 4, Aidan 4, Noah 3, and Jack 1. This year Tracy found them all matching shirts to wear on Christmas Eve!
Christmas morning under Gram's tree.
On New Year's Eve we ventured back to Dallas to get to a level 2 sonogram appointment with a parinatologist in Dallas. Richard and I both really liked this doctor and were pleased to recieve yet another great report on Ellie Beth. She is growing beautifully and is perfect! She weighs about 1.8 lbs and is about 14 inches long right now. Both the sonographer and the doctor were able to get some good shots of Ellie Beth unlike the original 20 week sonogram. Here she is at 24 weeks.
The profile with her head on the right of the screen trying to put a hand and her foot in her mouth at the same time.
The three white stripes near the arrow are what identify her as a girl.
If you look straight in the middle this is her hand making a guns sign! The sonographer thought this was funny.
For dinner that evening we all ventured to Tracy and Jeff's to eat together. We had a great time. Tracy had bought some confetti poppers that we let the kids pop in the garage.
Here is a shot of Gram with the grandkids who were there.
The five of us at Tracy's, though interesting I know!
Richard and I (and Ellie Beth poking out)
A princess in a tree skirt?!
Tracy, Jeff, and Carson (Carson is putting confetti on his daddy's head)
Jeff and Tracy
Gram and Papa
Sorry this is such a long post. I will try to stay more caught up from here on. I hope you all have a safe, happy and blessed 2009!
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