We arrived at Gramz's house around lunchtime, so we had some time to visit with Gramz alone before the rest of the clan arrived. Ellie and Gramz hit it off immediately. Gramz's dog was also an Ellie fan.
Gramz getting her first look at Ellie
I think Ellie likes Gramz's fun painted fingernails!
Ellie made a new dog friend!
Toni's reaction when she first saw Ellie!
Ellie cuddling with her Nonnie
I love this picture so much.
We spent the afternoon visiting and were even able to get Ellie down for a little nap. Around dinner time, Eric's siblings showed up and Ellie got to meet her aunts and uncle. Kelley and Phyllis arrived first, then Ronnie and Stephanie. I think it's safe to say everyone loved their new niece!
Ellie and her Aunt Kelley
Saying hello to Uncle Ronnie
Meeting Aunt Stephanie
Ellie, Daddy and Nonnie
We ate a delicious pasta dinner together, thanks to Kelley. Somehow pasta just always tastes better when it comes out of a giant pot in the middle of the table, shared by all these great people. Dinner was followed by a cake in honor of my birthday and Ellie's arrival, and it was also delicious.
Family around the table
Ellie wants that little nude plastic baby.
After dinner Eric and I basically passed off custody of our kid to Aunt Kelley while we sat and visited with everybody. Aunt Kelley seems to have the magic touch and Ellie was soon down for the count.
Sleepy baby in her auntie's arms
Kisses from Uncle Ronnie
Ellie woke up as the evening was winding down and we bid our good-byes to everyone. It was a great day and I was so happy to see Ellie getting to know her dad's side of the family. I know I consider myself very lucky to be a member of that family, and I have no doubt that Ellie will, too.