That night, we celebrated with my parents (Granddad and Grams) and my brother. We had dinner, drank cocktails and opened gifts. It was so much fun.
See 'n Say...one of my favorite childhood toys! I think I liked it more thay Tyler did!Go Bucks! Beat LSU!Ty's new stocking...thanks Grams and Granddad!On Christmas Eve, both Mike's and my families came over and we hosted a dinner and cocktails. Tyler got tired at the end of the night, so I had to open most of his gifts myself, but he did open up a very special gift from my parents, his very first sled. Both our families ooed and aahed as he sat and smiled away in his sled. He loved it! Now all we need is a little snow and we can really try it out.
All those toys...and our son prefers a plastic cup! Practicing for flipcup perhaps?!LL Bean infant sled from Grams and Granddad! On Christmas morning, we had Tyler open a few gifts left for him by "Santa", but believe it or not we still haven't gotten through all the gifts because his attention span is pretty short and his interest in eating the paper gets in the way of allowing him to truly enjoy the actual gift. After visiting with family for lunch...we headed up North to Cleveland to see Mike's Grandma Neida and Aunt Weeze. We had a lovely meal with them and did gifts again! Ty got some great clothes and toys...now we have to figure out where we're going to put all this stuff!!!
Lookin hot Daddy! Early morning fun!
Can you tell he's teething:)
Tyler with Great Grandma Neida On December 26th, we got in the car again and headed west to the Sandusky area to spend a few days with my Dad's family. We always get together in a hotel, since our family is so huge, so this year it was at the Bellvue Hotel and Suites in little Bellvue, OH. It wasn't exactly the Hyatt (understatement of the year!) and had NO ESPN (the nerve)...but we got a laugh (and cry) out of it and it was quite an adventure to say the least. We only see some of that side of my family once a year so it was fun to see how the kids have grown and share our new addition with the already huge crew! We had 2 dinners with the fam and headed home late on the 27th. It was interesting how much more difficult traveling with a baby is (oh the stuff we have to bring and the deviation from his routine creates some challenges!)...and we're exhausted...but blessed to be able to share such a special first with everyone we really love! Happy Holidays!
Tyler, Granddad and Great Aunt Gretchen (a very special person in my life and someone I really look up to)Tyler flirting with my cousins, Jennifer and JessicaOur family picture with Brutus at Chet and Matt's Pub during dinner with the fam. GO BUCKS!
My cousin Kevin and Ty hanging at the beautiful BellvueGrams and Granddad stealing a few more minutes with Ty before we got on the road home