around 9am marni, pepere, daddy, bella and i began the festivities. i made a german apple puff pancake and pepere cooked bacon... it was a yummy breakfast. then we headed over to the family room to start opening gifts. i helped bella open her stocking first which was filled with foam bath toys~ they immediately became great objects for teething! then we tried to begin opening other gifts~ but just as everyone told us, she was much more interested in the bows and tissue paper than the actual toys... so i was glad that jason & i didn't go all out this year... we did get her this "little hippo car/toy" which she LOVES... marni & pepere gave bella her first cd player w/ lots of great cds since she loves music so much... and they also gave her a stroller for her dolls which plays music and she LOVES, along with some other goodies. afterwards we all cleaned up a bit and enjoyed relaxing. then around 3pm jane & jim (marni's sister & brother in-law who also live in decatur) joined us for a steak dinner at our home... then a little later our neighbors eric, karen & dylan blue joined us for coffee & dessert. dylan was born one day after bella and they have known eachother since they were first born. they had lots of fun playing and we adults enjoyed eric & karen's company too! it was a wonderful christmas!
bella with her hippo car
greeting aunt jane
bella is wearing one of mommy's favorite outfits that she bought before bella was born
playing with her buddy dylan
wondering why dylan is eating in her highchair and hoping he'll share some of his snacks!!