December 25, 2008

All I Want For Christmas...

Today we celebrated Stella's second first Christmas at my parents' home in Georgia, a beautiful 65-degree Christmas afternoon that made "Let It Snow" playing on the radio feel a bit out of place. My Grandfather from South Carolina met Stella for the first time, as did my Aunt and Uncle from Chattanooga, and like the star she is, Stella loved every minute of attention.

We started the day with a private Stella-Markana-Chip present exchange, and Stella was kind enough to pose with one of the books I made for her.

I swear her face isn't stuck like this.

Stella also surprised us all by receiving an unexpected present, or presents - her two front teeth! (Yeah, I know. My Dad started singing the song the minute we found them.)

We hope everyone had a great day with those dearest to them. Happy Holidays!

December 20, 2008

Stella's First Christmas

We traveled to Union City (Markana's parents' house) yesterday and officially began our Christmas season. Stella was all over it (see more pictures @ Picasa), and tore into her presents like a pro. Then she ate wrapping paper like a pro.

All was going well until THIS happened:


Ok, I can live with it. It's not a Braves shirt or a Ga. Tech hat, but when in Rome... I can definitely support the team of Markana's parents (sorry Shelia), Byron's soon-to-be alma mater, and our good friends Jim, Amanda and Sam. Very important to them, so very important to us.

Plus, she'll have something to wear while watching Phil Fulmer coach their bowl game this year.

Oh, wait...

December 17, 2008

Happy Holidays

We were successful this year in putting up a tree, but are failing miserably at sending out a Christmas card, so I thought I would share this family image.

I want to wish all of those that I love safe travels, joyous reunions, warm bellies and peaceful nights.

Chip, Markana and Stella