Ellie’s First Christmas

Ellie was so excited for her first Christmas. She had such a great time visiting with family, eating amazing food and taking it all in. Ellie took the opportunity to reflect on the year and all the blessings she has in her life. Sometimes we get so caught up in our dreams and what’s next, it’s important to take a step back and reflect on the incredible fortunes of the present: the love of family, the ability to think and live freely, a warm roof over our heads, plentiful food (and beverage) and the opportunity to experience life in all it’s splendor.

We spent Christmas Eve with the Thompson clan and Christmas day with the Doman fam. Below are some pics and videos. Christmas takes on a whole new meaning with little kids – so much excitement and fun!

Ellie’s present:

Thompson kids open gifts:

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Someecards

My love for some e-cards began long ago. Having a sassy side to my mostly unassuming self, I could always relate to the sarcasm and blunt commentary.  It was no surprise when I discovered the sharp savvy people at some e-cards found a way to make pregnancy and babies hilarious.

Here are some of my faves:

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First step

There’s so much going on and time is flying by so quickly I feel like I cannot update this blog fast enough! First things first, Ellie took her first official step yesterday. She’s been standing up and letting go for a few days now, but a lot of times if you’re close to her she’ll just lean forward to fall on you. Why stand when you can snuggle, right?

Yesterday when we were at Nanna and Papa’s (also known as Terry and Molly Thompson), I stood Ellie up while I was sitting on the ground next to her with a bit too much distance for her to just fall on me. She had to take one little step to get to the point where she could fall on me and she did it! I was so excited and I just wanted her to do it over and over again. She was not there to impress though. Once her mission was accomplished and snuggle was achieved, she called it a day.

In other news, we’ve gotten quite a few compliments on Ellie’s new super warm jacket and I have one word for everyone: Costco. Honestly, it’s the place to go for these things. It’s a super cute bright pink down jacket with removable hood and faux fur lining for $20. I mean, who can’t use a little faux fur in their wardrobe? It’s a staple for every nine month old as far as I’m concerned.

Here are a few recent pics of the Ellie Belly.

As soon as we put them on her head, she wants to rip them off!

As soon as we put them on her head, she wants to rip them off!

What better gift could there be?

What better gift could there be?

Ellie's first experience with Santa - and a perfect one at that.

Ellie’s first experience with Santa – and a perfect one at that.

This is her favorite face lately.

This is her favorite face lately.

Hanging out in my PJ's

Hanging out in my PJ’s

Traveling with mom and dad to Whidbey Island for lunch

Traveling with mom and dad to Whidbey Island for lunch

I'm swimming it in, but isn't it cute?

I’m swimming it in, but isn’t it cute?

So much fun with Uncle Sean on Thanksgiving

So much fun with Uncle Sean on Thanksgiving