Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Oh my, the holiday break is coming to a close and we’ve done so much in our time off that I don’t know where to begin! We had a great Christmas celebrated with all of our families. We did the annual get together with the Ritchie’s at Aunt Judy’s house, which was a lot of fun and everyone is doing great! Then we hosted the Wilson family at our home on Christmas Eve and it was so wonderful to have everyone here together (even if it was a tight squeeze in our house). The girls were with their other parents for these occasions, so it was nice to get them home on the 26th and see them open all of their gifts!


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The girls were so busy with crafting this week, since they got so many gifts that involved making things. We also painted the changing table for the nursery, and some shelves and rearranged things a bit.

We got the girls the Michael Jackson dance game for the Wii and had fun playing it!


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...doing the Thriller routine..




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I love how serious Mark's face is here, and I think Charlie was hoping to join in the fun...


I did some laundry in preparation of baby’s arrival, and became totally overwhelmed with gratitude at the generosity we’ve been shown from our friends. Mark’s sister has a very good friend who had a baby boy last summer and she graciously gave us two large boxes of clothes and things. To say that she has set us up for the first 6 months of clothing would be a serious understatement! There is so much, in fact, that little Enzo probably won’t get to wear half of it. I just can’t think of an adequate way to say “thank you” but we’ll do our best! It really is getting close and we are so excited to have him in our arms soon! I have to say that at 33 weeks, I have reached a point where I no longer want to be in front of the camera lens, as it only reminds me that I am getting “pregnant in the face” (as my friend Karen put it) and it’s not very flattering. But I do love my growing belly and the fact that he is getting stronger and stronger each day. He has started to keep me up a little at night now, no longer sleeping peacefully while I am. I think that he’s just getting me ready for when he arrives and sleep is something that doesn’t come easily to any of us.

The dogs have definitely enjoyed having us all at home, mainly because it means they’ve been inside the majority of the time and usually snuggled up to somebody who will pet them and give them loves. Oh, and let them sit on the couch…


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a tisket a tasket, Charlie in a basket!




extreme Rudy close-up!


Happy New Year!


We hosted our annual New Year’s Eve bash again this year. We themed it “Live from Our House… it’s Saturday Night!!!” and asked everyone to come dressed as their favorite SNL character. There was great participation again, our friends never seem to disappoint!


Andi & Tony were the Spartan Cheerleaders...



...and entertained us all with a few routines!



George came as one of the Blues Brothers, looking quite sharp!



...um, Mr. Christmas?



Leroy was the other Blues Brothers (total coincidence) and Eddie was a "Wild and Crazy guy"!



Perry came as Pete Schweddy, with a tray of Schweddy Balls...



I didn't catch who Mike & Sophia were, and I missed their routine in the kitchen (Mark said it was really good) but does it matter? Look how freaking adorable they are!! I wanted to steal that dress off Sophia right there on the spot!



Alex & Drew



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There was a little too much chaos for Rudy, he took refuge at people's feet for a bit, then retreated to the cold outside...poor guy...


The kids almost outnumbered the adults this year, which was great! They were very loud and crazy, but had a ton of fun. I like that we can provide an atmosphere for families to celebrate the holiday together, even if it means grumpy kids the next day who sleep in until 11am, and then have their eating schedule all messed up throughout the day because of it (it’s 9pm right now and Claire is just now hungry for dinner…oops).


Ethan



Waiting for the countdown, don't worry those are all non-alcoholic sparkling beverages...



Me.. feeling huge... : )


And then the clock struck 12 and we all hipped and hoorayed!


Sombra, Andi & Tony (and Ebin's head)



Eddie & George



Perry & Amber!



Leroy & Sombra!



Andi & Tony!


It was so much fun to have everyone here to celebrate the end of the decade, and we wish nothing but greatness in the year 2011! Did you make any resolutions?


Happy New Year from the Ritchie's!



xoxo



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