The two babies sure have changed a lot since last Christmas, that's for sure! This year they're both walking (a new development for Charlie!), talking, little people instead of the fussy little blobs (adorable blobs, but still blobs) of last year. See for yourself:
Ellie and Charlie (with their dads), Christmas 2012
Charlie and Ellie, Christmas 2013
So, the kids were lots of fun! As soon as everyone was gathered and we were ready for presents, the kids jumped right into the action.
Charlie looks like he's in heaven!
Everyone went to town on their gifts, and we all received some lovely things. Ellie got some great gifts from Great-Gramz, both useful and fun (including a Florida Gators cheerleading dress, which she insisted on putting on immediately), a big ol' bag of fun stuff from Uncle Ronnie, Aunt Stephanie and Charlie, and the be-all, end-all of Elmo gifts: an Elmo Fathead from Aunts Kelley and Phyllis. That is one lucky kid!
Ellie helping to distribute gifts
Sporting her new Gators dress
Checking out one of Charlie's new books
The kids both got new baseball caps
Gramz checking out her new Ellie calendar
Toni opening her gift from Ellie (a two-sided frame with a pic of Ellie on one side and a piece of original Ellie artwork on the other)
Ellie is happy about Lambie, her favorite part of her gift from Uncle Ronnie & Co.
Hugs for Elmo Fathead! (We've already hung the biggest stickers, but still have to figure out where all we want to put the rest!
After exchanging gifts, it was time for dinner (delicious lasagna graciously made by Kelley)...
"Hey guys, didn't somebody say something about dinner?"
That's more like it!
...and general family fun time.
Charlie and Ronnie
Ronnie and Gramz
Charlie laughing at goofy Uncle Eric
Ellie making Auntie Kelley laugh with her "Y"
Gramz and Eric
Ellie laughing at her silly family
Thanks again to the W. Family for making time for an early celebration with us. It was so nice to be with all of you and we can't wait to see you again soon!