Thursday, December 31, 2009

Not so little!

We went to visit Will and Rory after Christmas to see what Santa brought everyone and look how big she is now compared to this next picture that was taken Columbus Day weekend. Pretty soon, Ella will be able to sit by herself for these pictures, but I think Will will still want to hold her anyway :o)

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Bundled up for a walk!

Yeah, yeah- to those experienced baby Bjorn users, we realized halfway around the neighborhood that her arms were supposed to be somewhere else so that she didn't look like Frankenstein. Live and learn, I guess.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A very Neilan Christmas!

Unfortunately (or fortunately- you can be the judge) we didn't take as many pictures at Neilan Christmas, but it was memorable as always.

Here she is with her pop in another pretty Christmas dress. On a site note, my Aunt Sue asked how many Christmas outfits she has and the answer is 5.

We played a new game this year where each person held a little trinket and we went around the room telling a story and adding to it each person had to include their trinket. It was really funny, and we had Santa somehow in the Caribbean drunk, missing Christmas only to find out he had an illegitimate son that was birthed by a surrogate elephant. Ella enjoyed listening to everyone talk and was adding her own parts- unfortunately we still aren't quite she what her part of the story was- it may have had a very different ending.

Then we played the reject swap game which is always great fun. Grandma got probably the only gift that will get used which was a 42 piece 3-d puzzle.

Nate got the gift most likely to inflict bodily harm which was a chair massager that is a little too intense when used in the traditional way. Nate found that it was less painful to lay on the ground with the massager placed on top of him.

Here are my parents wondering how they "got" such an interesting and creative son-in-law!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Congratulations Julie and Baer!!!

Baer proposed to Julie today and she said YES!!!! I don't want to spoil her fun and say how it happened so you'll have to call her. Her cell number is..... just kidding. I figured since it was up on facebook already that it was ok to make a grand announcement on the blog.

Congratulations you two, we couldn't be more excited!

And yes when you get home I will be waiting on your doorstep with bridal magazines.

On the first day of Christmas....

Not to worry- there won't be 12 days of Christmas posts, but the festivities this year were spread over about 4 days, and we really were able to enjoy all the time we spent with all our families without worrying about what time we were supposed to be somewhere or leave somewhere. It was really a perfect first Christmas for Ella.

Here we are Christmas morning at the Harris'.

Ella was all smiles and laughs for papa all weekend!

She probably would have fit in this stocking that they had for her. It had twinkle lights on it and everything.

Daddy opened her gifts for her and this puppy "skipit" was her favorite for the day!

Auntie Kate bought her this Christmas dress...

And her first pair of "high heeled" shoes!

Ella meeting Santa (again).

and my favorite picture from the day...

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Stay tuned...

Check back for details of Ella's Christmas on Monday.

I'm not sure if I've ever been surrounded by this much fleece. I which I was!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Thursday, December 24, 2009

I waited in line for this?

We took Ella to see Santa and of course it was quite the ordeal. First of all, I would have thought that by now most people would have been to see Santa- what kid could possible wait until the week of Christmas to see Santa? Well an almost 2 hour wait in line now tells me that all people with babies wait until December 22 to see Santa. Secondly, it was pet night. Of course it was. Not only were we waiting for 2 hours but there were periods of time when one dog would start barking and then of course they would all start barking, then the babies would start crying. At times it was so loud that Nate and I couldn't even talk to each other. Ella of course was totally entertained by the whole ordeal and despite being exhausted (it was 9 pm by the time we got to Santa) she was smiling and babbling. I think she liked seeing all the dogs.

I was far more entertained by the dog owners. This woman sitting on the floor was there with 4 of this yappy little dogs that were the instigators to all the barking. She even had her hair up in the same bows that the dogs were wearing. It was just so ridiculous of a scene. I felt kind of bad for her husband who has somehow been trapped into joining her for this. He was just standing there trying to not look like he was part of it. It would have been more believable if he wasn't holding one of the leashes. I'm glad they were behind us in line, I can just imagine how long it would take for them to take that picture! "princess wasn't looking in that one. Heaven wasn't looking in that one. Can you take another picture?" Actually now that I think about it, I bet she was going to have them all individually done!

By the time Ella was done talking and smiling at the dogs, we got to Santa and she was pretty unimpressed. The man who gave us our pictures at the end was like "Next year you'll remember that Tuesdays are pet night, won't you?"

Yes, I think we will.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Send your own ElfYourself eCards

Dancing Penguins

Nate got this dancing penguin from his work christmas swap (yup). Ella really likes it, but everytime she tried to reach for it she rolls over. We sent this to Nate at work from the cell phone. She did this like 15 times and then fell asleep!

Watching the video again makes me maybe think she is trying to get away from the penguin...

mmmmm baby food!

Ellas first bite of baby cereal.

I think I like it.

I think I'm done now.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Since we got such a nice new camera, for my birthday Nate got me a book of how to edit and enhance the pictures. Each chapter has a little assignment and I have been playing around with them while Ella is napping. I haven't been too carefully doing things, just trying to learn the processes for when I really want to fix something, but I kind of liked how this one came out...

Monday, December 21, 2009

Dedicated to Tradition

For the past 4 years, my mom, Julie, Aunt Sue and I have gone to see a Christmas show. With Thanksgiving and Christmas both falling on weekends this year, and the trip to Chicago in between, it was difficult to squeeze it in. We got tickets much later than usual, and for much later in the season. We knew the weather forecast all week, but our moms assured us that they were still coming, and they did... all was well Saturday for our annual shopping and dinner excursion. They said the snow was coming, and finally after we all went to bed it certainly did!

The parking ban and state of emergency declaration didn't cancel the show, so we figured we better find another way into town. Thank goodness for the silent participants in this weekend or else we never would have made it. Baer had to bring Julie and Aunt Sue to South Station so they could take the train, and Nate spent at least an hour shoveling mom and I out so we could drive to the T. Thanks guys!

Once we made it into town, the show was excellent, and tradition lives on!

Bedtime Stories

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Thank You!

Thanks Pat and Tif for such a great weekend!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Early Christmas

Since we were all together, we celebrated an Early Christmas.

And Christmas would not be complete without since sports watching with her Uncles!

Here is our family shot.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Look Who's Talking

Sorry, but despite the title, this post does not involve a voice-over by Bruce Willis. (Nor does it involve a voice-over by Dolph Lundgren playing a scientist named Dr. Dolph Lundgren who turns into a dog that fights crime with his brains and his brawn, and also with the ability to smell crime-- before it happens. Should I be writing this down?)

Ella has been trying her hardest to talk lately. Listen in as she gives her mom and dad an earful this morning about something she clearly considers very important.

Note, also, how much this diatribe wears her out. This picture was taken about two minutes later:

Is this ok Mom?

Wednesday, December 16, 2009


Their baby Morgan was a little concerned about who this little thing was that we all were carrying around all weekend.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Windy City

We took Ella to Chicago for the weekend so she could meet her Uncle Pat and Aunt Tif and of course Morgan and Dreyfus. She was a champ on the flight over, sleeping most of the way and being passed around and held on the plane. She was totally unfazed by take of and landing which was great!

Here she is with Auntie Tif. She was very serious the first day trying to take everything in about her new surroundings.

And with Uncle Pat.

I think they liked her!!!

Sunday, December 13, 2009


I think Nate and Chris were more into playing with the toys than the kids were!

Ella and Thomas got off to a rough start Saturday morning when somehow a block accidentally hit her in the head. But by Sunday morning she seemed to have gotten over it and was smiling huge at whatever he did and trying to get his attention whenever he wasn't looking at her.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Matching Outfits

Ella and Acadia both got the same outfit from our friend Jane which of course inspired a photoshoot.

This is the closest to all of them smiling that we got, pretty good!

Dads and their daughters somehow was turned into an interesting dance routine!

Here are moms and the kids.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Oh Christmas Tree, oh Christmas Tree!

We went to visit Amy and Chris and kids in Maine for the weekend, and decided while we were there to cut down our Christmas tree! Since living in MA, I haven;t been able to find anywhere closeby that allows you to cut your own tree, so I have not done this since living with my parents, and was excited to do it the right way. I always would feel sad buying a tree at home depot- it just doesn't give you that same Christmas feeling as doing it yourself! The first tree farm we went to was totally overgrown and had trees so huge they would only fit in hotel lobbies, but at our second stop, we were able to find a nice "condo sized" tree.

Here are the 3 men with Amy and Chris' "house sized" tree.