Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas 2009

Christmas 09 all started out with Ellie getting to spend good quality time with both of her Nanas and Papas while Mommy and Daddy were in India! Boy did she get spoiled ...or should I say loved on? :)
Here's the start of our Christmas 2009 photos! I am realizing that a lot of the pics we took in Iowa are on my parent's camera, so more of Iowa to come soon! We had a great time - though way too brief - visiting both of our families!

The above three pictures are from the McCulley family Christmas Eve! It's always a highlight and this year Ellie got to meet her 2nd cousin Bryce (top pic). They are just a few days apart...Ellie is actually older, but Bryce towers over her! She has some catching up to do! We also got to see 2nd cousin Akeelah and lots of other fun family, too! The third picture is actually a 4 generation shot with my Grandma Barb, Dad, Ellie and I! We also got to spend some fun time with Great Grandma Surber! We LOVE it at her house!!! We didn't get any pictures of Fluffy the cat this year. Probably because Fluffy kept running to hide from Ellie who wanted to give her a few more hugs than the cat wanted! ha!

Then there was time in Kentucky with Uncle Josh and Aunt Kristin! Let's just say that Ellie wasn't wanting for any attention! She got to have lots of fun playing with Turbo, Uncle Andrew and Aunt Kristin's dog whom she chased around the house yelling "aaaarrrffff" at! It was quite hilarious! And nothing was more fun than being toted around by Uncle Josh! :) And below is a cute shot of Aunt K-Lo and Ellie decorating Christmas cookies!

We also got a fun family shot by Grandma and Grandpa Johnson's beautiful Christmas tree!

Ellie loving on one of her new dollies from Nana and Papa Johnson

And finally, we actually got the baby AND the dog to somewhat cooperate for our annual family Christmas picture! Success!

It was a memorable and fun Christmas... Can't wait until next year when we will add another little GIRL to the family pic! More on that to come!!! :)

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Snow Day!

As many of you know, Joel and I just returned from a whirlwind of travel! Since December 9th, we've been to Kansas City, overseas to India, then to Iowa and Kentucky to visit our families for Christmas! I have lots of Christmas photos to upload and post, but for now here are a few of our first Kansas snow day... These pics were taken the day before we left to begin all of our travels! Both sets of our parents graciously came to care for Ellie while we were away for 12 days! Joel's parents kicked off the time and the timing of their arrival couldn't have been more perfect! Just minutes after they arrived, the snow started and didn't stop for the next 24 hours! So they made it in the knick of time... Ellie had a great time with both of her "Nanas" and "Papas"... so far NaNa is what she's calling both Grandmas... We'll see if that changes over time, but for now it's seriously her new favorite word and it's so cute!
This is a very classic Ellie face!
Could she be any cuter? :)
Fun with Dad in the snow...
Daddy and Nana Johnson
Papa and Nana Johnson