First up: High School Friends. Some of my closest girlfriends came over to visit and get the kids all together for the first time. Sam & Ben and Colin are 4 months apart, Colin and Annabelle (our only 2gen girl so far) are 1 yr apart and Carter is 3months behind her.
Back Row left to right: Nicole, Julie with Annabelle, Kristeen with Carter, Me with Colin,
Front: Erin with Ben and Sam
The kids exchanged some gifts, here Annabananabelle enjoys a taste of "Peek-a-Who?" while the big boys look on.
Carter slept through much of the party. What a baby!
Colin and Ben attempt to mend fences over some Pirates Booty. When asked if Ben wanted to see Colin he said "No, no, Colin push!" He was a little wary but there were no further incidents!
Colin the Enforcer and Long-Suffering Sam
Ben helps feed Annabelle. Such a sweet moment.
Carter opens those baby blues.
Read to me Mama!
The next day we celebrated Christmas with some of our favorite Buffalonians. Amy was accommodating enough to drive out to my sisters house (about a 2.25 hr drive one way) so we could spend the day together. As an added bonus Kristeen, Brain and Carter joined us later that evening. (Backstory: Kristeen, Brian, Amy Sean and I all went to college together at Canisius College in Buffalo.) Here are the pictures from that day:
Thomas chatting with Sean while Otis the dog solicits attention.
Thomas and I
Lukas, Samantha and Colin. If you were at my baby shower in Syr You may remember the friendship between Sammie and Lukas at my baby shower.
Flashback #1 Here they are 18 months ago...Aww! These two peas in a pod picked up right where they left off and enjoyed each others company once again.
Opening some gifts with Uncle Seany
Colin gets some cool trains!!
Sammie shares some secrets with Colin.
We got Samantha a trunk full of princess dress-up clothes. She dug right in! She almost makes me want a little girl.
When Carter arrived, all Lukas wanted to do was 'hold the baby' and Sammie was equally intrigued.
Here are the boys right before we went 'home' to Grandma and Grandpa's.
Flashback #2: This picture:
reminds me of this one taken 18 months earlier:
I'm not sure why toddlers are so interested in baby hair but it seems to be a trend.