By the way, New Years Eve traffic was pretty darn trafficLESS despite the masses of people in one of the world's largest cities! Thanks for those that sent the no-traffic-vibes our way. It was a fun and memorable night...I'll do a post on that night, soon! I promise. Things have just been non-stop busy the last couple weeks.
Here are some of my favorite pictures from Christmas 2011 in San Antonio with my beloved family. Keep in mind I took exactly 763 photos during those 7 or 8 days. So much to capture. I'll try to keep it short.
Our 2nd day in San Antonio, I woke Mikey up by sitting Nathaniel on his tummy.
Mommy, Mona, me & Nathaniel on Christmas Eve
Nathaniel's loving mommy & daddy
My brother Danny & his girlfriend Bobbie (+ Makayla in the belly)
L to R: Mikey w/Logan, Ram, Danny w/Aaron, Gilbert w/Nathaniel
Cousins (except for Bobbie) L to R starting at the bottom: Krystle, Raylynn, Amaris, Mona, Bobbie, Mercedes, Niki, me
Grandma was there in spirit
shooting my cousin Ram's bb gun - hilarious!
Christmas day: Mikey & I got my mom a ring with the birthstones of me, my brother and sister...just like my grandma (her mom) had for her 5 kids. My mom loved it.
Nathan loves his grandpa! (my stepdad, Dan)
...and he loves his uncle Mikey :)
getting a kissy from his second cousin, Logan. sooo cute!
These photo booth pics were taken the night mommy & I stayed up chatting till 7 am! We were a little nuts-O by this time. haha
I love me some nakey baby Nathaniel!!! Well, he's got his jeans diaper on.
chicken strip baskets with country gravy @ DQ...nothing better
me and brother
The night I wore a turtle neck sweater out to a club. hahaha
with my cousins, Krystle & Mercedes
I'm bonkers for my grandpa!
loving on my mommy the night before we left
Look at that face! LOL. Waking up uncle Mikey & I
The day we left San Antonio. This picture chokes me up, because I feel like it describes mine and Nathaniel's relationship at this time. What it has to be: hugs, "I love you's", and "I'll see you soon's".
I wish my brother could have been in this picture, but he was 'workin' hard for the money'.
I know the next time we visit San Antonio, Nathaniel might be talking and walking + I'll have a brand new niece!! I can't wait to see these faces again.
I had a wonderful Christmas with my family. 2011 was a blessing for many reasons. Nathaniel being one of them. The times that I've visited my family over the last 9 years has always been something that fulfills my heart as I live far away from them, but this year's 3 visits were even more special for my family with all the love and positivity that Nathaniel has brought just with his little smile. He has brought indescribable levels of happiness for us all, and my mom and I feel that it's brought us even closer together as a family. I never knew we could get any closer than we've always been...but babies, ahh, babies really make everything better.