We had a great time over the Holidays, and had a fun trip down to Florida, where we really enjoyed the warm weather!
We began our Holiday celebrations with a family Hanukkah party at Aunt P’s house at the beginning of December - it was a lot of fun and Rosie really got the hang of the whole opening presents thing.
She got some great toys, among them an Elmo aqua doodle pad (which has since turned into a regular drawing pad with crayon scribbles all over) and an Elmo DVD from Aunt P for the plane trip to Florida. We flew down to FL on the 18th - and spent the first couple days in Orlando with Aunt P, Uncle Emil (Lime), Bubby, Marisa, Noah, Cory and Ari. Rosie had a great time playing with Daddy and her cousins in the pool.
She really loves the water and loves to splash.
I forgot to bring an extra diaper to the pool to change her into after swimming, so we just put her shorts on, which ended up being too baggy without the padding of the diaper, and she gave us all a laugh with her “crack problem” when Joe put her on his shoulders for the ride back to the room.
After a couple days there, we drove down to see GiGi and Papa in Bonita Springs. We also saw Aunt Emma, cousin Ella, Aunt Jackie, Aunt Rochelle, cousin Stephen, Aunt Renee, cousin Kylie and twin cousins (who are getting SO big) Anthony and Joey.
We tried to get a picture of all the cousins together - but of course you know it was a futile attempt. Actually, everyone was pretty much cooperating except Rosie - she was due for a nap and was NOT in the mood to get her picture taken…
We spent a little time at the beach, just relaxing and playing in the sand
And we went to dinner to celebrate winter solstice and dressed Ella and Rosie up in matching dresses and they were too cute…
and we got a semi-decent photo of the family together
then went back to GiGi and Papa’s for the present exchange and Rosie was excited to open more presents and got some awesome new books and toys and some Elmo slippers that she loves!
Then, we came home on the 23rd and spent a quiet Christmas morning with just mommy, daddy and Rosie…
It was calm, relaxing, and we all stayed in our pajamas all day long…
Then a couple days after X-mas, we had more family and friends over for a big Christmas dinner with turkey and all the trimmings, and there were MORE presents to open, and Rosie was in heaven. She got even more Elmo stuff, including her new favorite little fold out couch with Elmo and other Sesame Street characters on it, and some new cute Elmo pajamas.
New Year’s Eve we spent in Indianapolis, as the band Joe manages was playing a big party at the Hyatt, so we went and brought Rosie, and after we realized that the baby monitor didn’t work to leave Rosie sleeping in the room while we were downstairs, we decided that Rosie would just hang out with us. So, we put her heavy-duty noise cancelling headphones on, and she slept on daddy and mommy (thank god for our slings!) all night and she was the hit of the party. Everybody kept oohing and aahing at how cute she was sound asleep while we carried her around, and mommy and daddy didn’t have to miss the party either!
It was a great night, and a great year, and we are looking forward to an even better 2007!