Thursday, December 23, 2010

December 18/19 ~ First round of Christmas!

We have a big extended family and are close with them all so we usually have multiple family Christmases each year. It takes a lot of planning to be able to make sure we can hit them all! It adds a little more stress to the holiday season, but seeing and spending time with our family makes it worth the hassle.

The blizzard a few weekends ago forced us to miss our first family Christmas with my Dad's side of the family and we had to reschedule for after the 1st of the year. But last weekend (12/18 & 12/19) we did my mom's extended family (aunts, uncles, etc) Christmas on Saturday and immediate family (siblings) Christmas on Sunday. It was a great time and we ate a lot of great food!

 Aris pillow pet from Laura - at first she was more interested in the tag on the head

 Getting ready to demolish presents

opening a present from Grandma B - a photo cube!

All our Christmas cookies!

Ari with Uncle Matt & Aunt Mahlory

December - Christmas photo op!

Since we've never had a professional family picture taken, we decided to do one for our Christmas card. We had been referred to an amazing photographer for Ari's 9 month pictures so we booked an appointment with her and couldn't be happier with the results! Her name is Aleah Clements and her photography business is called "Created by Me Photography" - we highly recommend her!