Saturday, December 26, 2009

Abby's First Christmas

Baby's First Christmas
The Johnson Family :)

It was this time last year, Christmas Day, that Jim and I found out we would be welcoming a baby into this world. That was the best gift I could have ever asked for. Here we are a year later, celebrating our first Christmas together as a family, with our new bundle of joy.

Kisses from Daddy...

Mommy with Abby

Our first Christmas with baby Abby was wonderful. On Christmas Eve, we took Abby to the children's service at church. She seemed to enjoy the children's choir and loved the candlelight part of the service. Sometimes she would get upset when the organ became really loud, but for the most part she sat on Daddy's or my lap and just looked all around. Santa visited Olive Avenue later that night, leaving tons of presents for a baby that would have no idea what this holiday was all about!
Santa made it!

On Christmas morning, Abby woke us up around 8, ready to go! I fed her while Jim made us waffles with his new waffle maker. Then, Abby opened a few presents from her Daddy and Santa. Daddy loves to spoil his little girl... more clothes, books, and toys! Abby's favorite thing of all was the wrapping paper.... the way it crunched, crinkled, and of course.... it went straight to her mouth. Hmmm... guess we didn't need so many toys?! After a while, Abby went down for a nap (with lots of presents still unopened) and Jim and I were able to exchange our gifts. Jim loved his new dovetail jig tool, even though he intercepted it in the mail weeks ago. Abby gave him some personalized golf balls with her picture on them... very cute! I absolutely LOVED my gift... the Canon Rebel. This camera will capture many laughs and smiles for years to come!!

Yum... that wrapping paper must taste good!

Abby liked her gifts too, especially watching the butterfly crawl around!

After Abby woke up from her nap, we headed to Valrico to continue celebrating this special day with some dear friends of ours. The Brancas have been kind enough to invite us into their home the past two Christmases. Since it's just us here in Sarasota, it's nice to have another family to reach out to. They always go all out, which isn't necessary, but well enjoyed! We shared a wonderful meal, played with Abby and MORE new toys, and enjoyed being a part of the family for the day!

The Branca Family loves little Abby!

Sue finally has a girl in the house!

Our first Christmas with Abigail was a special one. Abby is such an amazing addition to our lives and I can't even imagine what life would be like without her anymore. Jim and I are truly blessed to have some a wonderful, happy baby to make us smile every day. We look forward to continuing the holidays with our parents visiting us. Abby is so excited to see you Gramma and Grandad, Nana and PopPop!!!! :)

1 comment:

Sue said...

We were so thrilled to have had all of you here for Christmas. We know what it's like to be away from family during the holidays and "thank you" for celebrating with us and making our day so special. We're all still talking about how great it was to have a baby in the house for Christmas. We forgot how much fun baby toys are! :) The boys all loved playing with Abby and spoiling her and can't wait to get the chance to do it again soon. We wish the Johnson Family a Blessed 2010.
Love, The Branca Family