Christmas Eve 2009

'Twas the night before Christmas in my parents' house...
And for the sake of posterity, here is the recap!

Snugglin' by the fire with my hunky husband,

After workin hard in the kitchen!
Ava hung out with her Aunt Stacie and Uncle Jesse...

While we got ready for Christmas Eve dinner.

The Ferguson women and our newest addition :)

Toasting all the wonderful things this year has brought our family...Little Miss Ava, a relocation for Stacie and Jesse, jobs for all of us, Jennie's last semester of college, my Dad's retirement, and many other blessings.
The Lord has been very, very good to our family and we are grateful!

Grandpa and Grandma are loving their new titles...

And we're all loving this little girl!

The paparazzi showed up for the final presentation of our big spread!
This picture seriously makes me laugh.  It is SO typical of all of our personalities and roles, right down to me taking this picture of everyone :)

Little Tiggy

And little Ava

About to partake in our yummy meal!  This year was a dramatic departure from our usual meal, we went with lots of appetizers instead.  But it was still just as good :)

Jennie and Dave

Stacie and Jesse

Ryley is always in the middle of the action!

Stacie and Jesse surprised Ava with some new Christmas jammies to wear!

We started to tell her about all the fun that was in store for Christmas morning and she wondered if Aunt Jennie would tell her what Santa was going to bring her :)

But Mommy distracted her and let her chew on my necklace...

And Daddy entertained her until she was good and tired!

Even though she'll never remember a minute from this Christmas, we will never forget it!

Our first Christmas Eve as a family of 3!

As soon as she started to rub those little eyes....

We put her to bed and spent our first Christmas eve, setting up for Christmas morning!
Like kids ourselves, we couldn't wait to for our little girl to wake up and open the presents we bought for her.  If this is any taste of how much fun Christmas will be every year, we are in for many joyful years!!


Faith said...

Love all the pics! I can tell it was a fabulous time with your sweet family!

Ron and Peggy said...

Looks like a great time. I know it was so satisfying to your mom and dad to entertain in their new digs! Ava will be in withdrawal after all these loving aunts, uncles and grandparents.

Erin said...

I just adore all the pictures in black and white! Looks like a fun family time ! Perfect :)

Amber said...

Love your mom's new kitchen! Hate that we missed you guys over Christmas! It was a whirlwind trip for us!!
Looks like you had a great time. Have a happy New Year! Can't wait to hear all about the NYE party at Grace!
xoxo - Amber