Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy new year! (Christmas flashback...)

Ellie would like to thank everyone who spoiled her this Christmas! Here she is opening her very first Mr. Potato Head on Christmas morning. And Brian and I made out pretty well, too, this holiday! Brian is sporting his own Interpol hat below, which he got from our soon-to-be brother-in-law Chris. That's right, Chris and Maggie got engaged!
Ellie got a doggie from Build A Bear from Aunt Jen and Uncle Dan. She also got great zebra shoes, a musical giraffe, tons of toys and wonderful clothes and so much more. Thank you so much for everything!
Here's one of the family shots we took before heading to Christmas Eve mass. Ellie did pretty well during church and made great friends with a woman and her daughter in the pew behind us. Ellie didn't stay awake long enough for much present-opening on Christmas Eve (when we do the bulk of the gift exchange in the Schneider household), but she made up for lost time the next morning. It was fun to see her actually open some of her own gifts this year and recognize things to get excited about. What a change from last Christmas... although I'm sure they'll keep getting better as she gets older and more excited about the holiday.
Oh, and here's one group shot of Ellie playing with cousins when we visited the Lewis family on the morning of Chrismas Eve.

Lots more pictures and stories to come!

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