In our house, Christmas 2007 will forever be remembered as the year we took an obnoxious amount of photos of our daughter. Of the 400 or so images we captured, most of them are of different relatives and friends holding Allison while her eyes are closed. And as much as I want to bore everyone with shot after similar shot, I decided to discard all of those and select a few of my other favorites.
Toby perched at his second-floor window, watching Jerry load
suitcases in the car -- meaning that we must be leaving.
Forever. And it's time to COMPLETELY FREAK OUT.
He was relieved to discover that he was coming with us.
And he showed his gratitude by being a guard dog to Alli.
I had just enough time to either wipe the spit off her chin or
grab the camera and take a picture. Yeah, I'm a good mom.
Me with my new haircut that I am completely loving.
I could write an entire book describing the events in this picture, but
I'll just say that a few days before Christmas, we celebrated with my
step-siblings, who got my stepdad a gadget that chills a bottle of wine
in about six minutes. We now call that night "Drunken Christmas."
Miss Allison wrapped up in her Christmas tree blanket.
Allison on Christmas morning with some of her new toys from Santa.
Me playing with my new toy -- the flash -- resulting in an
awesome buttery color of gooey picturey goodness. Ahh.
More flash experimentation on my parents' new
fake tree that looks so good it could be real.
One of the million photos of Allison sleeping in her Boppy.
She discovered that bath time is way more fun at grandma and
grandpa's house thanks to a gigantic mirror in the right spot.
I swear Toby poses sometimes.
My mom showed me a new trick: tossing a baby
on your lap is an instant soothing technique.
A few days after Christmas, we drove back to Pennsylvania and
celebrated with Jerry's family where Allison was also passed around.
More buttery picturey goodness.
Madeline loved tug-of-war as much as Toby.
Because I never showed this, here's our inaugural baby backpack
event -- decorating the tree. I laugh every time when I look at this
picture because she's totally passed out with her mouth open.
I think she had a wonderful first Christmas.