I adore this picture of Gracie. It shows just how much she has grown and changed since her tiny 5.6 pound body in April. She is so beautiful and incredibly energetic and curious. This picture was taken on Dec. 17, just a few days before she turned 11 months. Can't believe we will be celebrating her 1st. birthday in a few weeks!
As for the rest of the pictures... they are all out of order. In fact, if you scroll to the bottom of this post and work up, the pictures will be more chronological. We spent several days in east TX with Billy's parents right before Christmas. I blogged in more detail about that trip on our family blog: www.followthefeet.blogspot.com. And then we came home and had Christmas as a family in San Antonio on Christmas morning. Christmas afternoon we welcomed a Burmese refugee family in our home that Billy has been working with for 2 years now. They have 4 beautiful children and we had a fabulous Christmas evening with them. That's where the pictures start - Christmas evening with Rolen and his family:
From left to right: Rolen Sah, Samoowah, Dahlaymoo, Shelly, Clay and Tyler
Tyler (such a cutie!) wanted his picture taken with Gracie. He and his brothers are AWESOME kids! So well behaved and polite. They even washed their own dishes after they ate dinner!
Christmas morning... Libby helped Gracie open all her presents.
Libby is such a great big sister. She took time to explain each gift to Gracie rather than opening and playing with her own presents.
Gracie - about to open her goodies!
As soon as the girls arrived in the living room (where all the presents are) Libby grabbed a few of Gracie's new toys that weren't wrapped and started showing Gracie how to play with them. Libby wasn't even thinking about herself and her own gifts. I was so impressed! Here Libby is showing Gracie the pretend lipstick in her new purse.
Every Christmas I like to take pictures of the girls before they see their presents. I like the excitement in their early morning eyes!
First thing Christmas morning! Good morning Gracie Lu!
Gracie's presents (the bows and the wrapped presents and the purse were new, but the rest were Libby's toys that were so brand new looking we just "re-gifted" to Gracie. I laugh about the Nutramigen on display, but truly that stuff is so expensive that it was part of her Christmas gifts!
Our Christmas morning set-up! Taken Christmas Eve while the girls were sleeping.
The Christmas tree with the gifts for the Burmese.
Gracie's new walker given to her by her sweet Puma and Larry!
Christmas Eve day. Love that smile!
Gracie's first trip to Longview. She enjoyed her Papa Boots very much. Here we were driving through Santa's Wonderland of Lights.
Gracie and Grammy enjoying a cuddle.
Libby, Gracie and Brooke in their Christmas red.
Grammy gave her granddaughters matching pjs. SO CUTE!
Gracie received plenty of attention and playtime.
Grammy and the girls.
Grammy, Papa Boots and Gracie (Libby was the photographer)
Aunt Wendy and Gracie. Gracie loves her Aunt Wendy!
Pictures of the girls in Christmas dresses a few days before our trip to Longview.
Gracie's first Christmas dress - it was Libby's first too!