Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Day after Christmas celebration :)

The day after Christmas we celebrated with my whole family (minus some of the Pasadena crew...we missed you guys!). It was nice because when we woke up we had the morning at home so Ellison was able to spend a lot of time playing with her new toys!

This picture cracks us up...we did some rearranging of furniture to make an official playroom. We cleaned out this piece of furniture to move into our kitchen. While Connor and I were in the other room we came back to see that Ellison had moved some of her belongings :) She thought we emptied it out for her...don't you love how she lined up her dress up shoes :) Such a girl!

After naps we loaded the kids up and headed to my parents house. We opened gifts then had a nice yummy dinner! We have a tradition with my family that when we open gifts we go around and take turns opening a gift at a time. Even though it takes awhile to get through it all, we really enjoy it because we are able to see what everyone got and sometimes past time stories and things come up during it all. I was a little worried that Ellison would just want to rip into all of her presents however she was amazing. She sat patiently waiting her turn and would assist each of us in opening our gifts.

Daddy and Elic

Brother and sister

We love Uncle GoGo!

Daddy and daughter

Googie and Elic

Mommy with her parents and brother

Nan & Claude with their 2 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren!

Sweet face!

GJ and Poppy with their grandbabies :)

Our family of 4!

Brothers and sisters :)

Ms. Santa

Elic and his Uncle GoGo

Waiting patiently to open gifts!

Ellison got a dance bag with her new ballet shoes!

Showing off her new ballet shoes :)

Dress up clothes!

Elic and his big BOY toy :)

Mommy and son

One tired little fella ;)

Thank you GJ, Poppy, Googie, GUM, Matt, Grace, Uncle GoGo, Nan and Claude for everything! We love you guys so much!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Christmas in Columbia!

All of Connor's family lives in Columbia, TN! So after we had our Christmas morning with our precious littles ones at our house, we loaded up the car and headed to Columbia to visit with his family. Our first stop was at his mom's (MeMac's) house...we had a nice breakfast then opened presents. Ellison of course had tons of fun and got a lot of great things including a dance skirt and leotard to wear when she has her dance classes, a Dora game, Toy Story 2, annual zoo pass (we love this!), puzzles, princess dress up clothes and more! Elic got some play clothes and baby toys! Thank you MeMac, Aunt Sarah, Danny, Uncle Ben and Aunt Heather :)

Our family picture on a WHITE Christmas 2010 :)

Elic, mommy, Ellison, daddy, MeMac, Aunt Sarah, Uncle Ben and Aunt Heather

Waiting patiently to open gifts!

Aunt Sarah got Ellison Toy Story 2!

MeMac and Elic

Sweet boy

Annual Zoo Pass...thank you MeMac! We loved having this last year and are very excited to take Elic to the zoo now!

Ellison showing off her new dance leotard and skirt...thank you Uncle Ben and Aunt Heather!
Showing off some of her Christmas gifts :)

After MeMac's house we went over to Connor's dads house to celebrate with his side of the family. We were so glad to see everyone! During the present opening it was so fun, busy and chaotic! We didn't have time to take many pictures but here are a few! Ellison got Jesse and Bullseye which she LOVES, a pink laptop, playdoh tools, stamp art, clothes, puzzles...thank you Carly, Bo, Little Lee, Liza, Alex, Mama Doris, T-daddy and Jen for everything :)

Playing with her new pink laptop

Mama Doris loving on her great grandson :)

Ellison playing with her cousin Lee (I actually think she is probably saying "No, my computer don't touch :)"
Typical almost 3 year old ;)

To end the Christmas Day celebration we went to Connor's grandparents house to visit with more family on his mom's side. I just realized we didn't take one picture...however we all had a nice time visiting with everyone. Ellison always has a blast playing with her cousins, Reed and Will!
The day was wonderful and we really enjoyed being able to celebrate with everyone! Thank you all for the gifts and most of all for spending time together :)

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Merry Christmas...Santa came!

I am SO behind so here is my attempt at catching up..starting with Christmas morning! We all must have been good this year because Santa definitely made a stop at our house :) Sorry for the picture overload!

Santa came to the Ball Household!

Ellison Christmas morning checking out what Santa brought!

Super excited :)

Loving her piano!

Elic and his goodies...he was a very good boy :)

Elic will be WAY more into next year since he will be a year old

DJ Ellison

Ellison cracked us she unwrapped her presents she would stop and sing a song into her microphone

Finding Nemo

Rocking out with daddy

Daddy and his kiddos

Ellison helping Elic play with his new toys

Mommy and her babies :)

I am going to post a new entry every day til I get caught check back tomorrow :)

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Festivities!

We had a nice first week off from school! We had some fun play dates with our friends, mommy had a girls night with a favorite girlfriend, daddy had a guys night with a buddy and we all went out for pizza with some friends of ours and their kids! Following our pizza dinner we went and looked at Christmas lights all around Franklin. Here are some pictures from our week... 

Looking cute in her Christmas dress...

Sleepy face

Mommy and her bubby

On Christmas Eve, Ellison and I continued our annual holiday tradition of making treats and cookies for Santa! This year we made peppermint sandwhich cookies and pretzel holiday treats! Ellison LOVES to help in the kitchen...

Rolling out the dough

Such a pro

Baking with mommy!

Getting ready to add some peppermint to the chocolate sauce

Stirring the chocolate!

After a big nap, we got dressed in our Christmas best and attended the Christmas Eve service at our church. It was a really nice sermon and made Connor and I realize just how much we are truly thankful for. Most importantly our two precious and HEALTHY children. On Christmas Eve we have a tradition where we ALWAYS read Polar Express and Twas the Night Before Christmas. After story time, Ellison said goodbye to Nomes (our Elf on the Shelf) and we put out a plate of homemade goodies for Santa...
Treats for Santa!

Getting ready to read Twas the Night Before Christmas and Polar Express on Christmas Eve