Sunday, January 4, 2009

Our First Christmas with Ellie

The only picture of all 6 kiddos. Here they are showing off their Christmas ornaments. We give each child an ornament every Christmas related to that child's interests for that year. This year we had 2 horse ornaments, a baseball, a dump truck, a Princess, and a "gift from God -2008" for Ellie.

Our children at Mimi's house with the "older" cousins and for now the only cousins in the family. As you can see, the day was just too full of excitement for little Lilly. She became so irritable that it was actually funny then her Aunt Lala held her and in just a few minutes, she was out. Even during the switch-off to cousin Amber's arms and through the annual cousin pictures, Lilly slept! It was Ellie's turn for a nap on the way to my grandmother's house and for the first half of our celebration there.

One of Ellie's favorite gifts from her Aunt Renee- a baby who moves, talks, and makes sucking noises as if she is really drinking the bottle. Thankfully, we did find a switch to turn this doll off! However, Ellie also found the switch to turn her back on. And Lilly got this doll's twin so now it's like we have 8 kids!

Big girl Lilly with her new Princess scooter. Her brothers helped put it together and were so happy for her to have a scooter like they do.

Ellie and Ethan enjoying sitting in an empty box that was their "boat". Ethan is always using his imagination.

Katie and Ellie checking out the goodies in their stocking. I found Christmas candy with scripture verses on the package so each older child read their verse on Christmas morning. We try to downplay the gifts and focus on Jesus' birth each Christmas season. We do well at our house, but it becomes more difficult when we get to the 3 Grandmoms' houses when there are so many gifts!

Lilly with her "BB" as she calls her. She can say Shelby fine now, but Shelby prefers Lilly to still call her "BB" rather than Shelby. They are a sweet pair as are Katie and Ellie!

Fulton getting some sweet hugs from Lilly and Ellie. He is such a sweet big brother- most of the time until one decides to mess with his "stuff".

Holding hands- can you see? A moment where they are "best friends" as Lilly says. However, it can be only a mere moment later when Lilly is not nearly so sweet!

Ellie got to open the first present on Christmas morning. She was so excited!

She loves music so the musical set with lots of instruments and a very big drum was a huge hit!


Rebecca Sibley said...

Thanks for sharing these pictures and captions of Christmas at the Bryant home!! What a joy to see everyone and to know how God has blessed your family! Miss ya!
love, Rebecca

Bobby and Jennifer Barbee and family said...

So glad to see your family all together for Christmas.

Cousin Sheri said...

I have been impatiently waiting for these pictures! Love seeing the delight in Ellie Jean's eyes. Can't wait to see y'all this wknd!

eastandwest said...

So sweet! What a beautiful family! I do have to warn you- we had that same drum set- I think I "accidentally" consigned it. :)

Happy New Year!

The Smith's said...

Noah has the same drum set as Ellie and loves it too. I still think that they are related some how. We may have to look into that some day. I have a friend who is a Doctor in Genetics....maybe he can help us.

Glad you all had a great Christmas. We did as well.