Josh & Danielle Files | Christmas 2016 | Personal Post

We had such a wonderful Christmas! There are so many fun photos to share! It was Tenley’s second Christmas & her last Christmas as an only child. I was thinking about that a lot as I watched the joy on her face & saw how much fun she was having. It’s bittersweet to see your first baby getting ready to become a big sibling. We know it’ll amplify the joy & fun we have in our home, but she’s growing up so quickly.Youngstown wedding photographerDon’t you just love her pug Christmas shirt? It was the perfect hand-me-down from her cousin Addison. Tenley says, “Norris on it!” That’s our big fawn pug & the pug on her shirt really does look like Norris- forehead wrinkles & all.Youngstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerWe celebrated Christmas with my Grandma Esther (Tenley’s GG) on Thursday before Christmas, but we forgot to take photos. Wahhh!Youngstown wedding photographerYes, we’re crazy nuts for Ohio. And, yes, we would like to scrape off the popcorn ceilings in our home someday.Youngstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerTenley turned 22 months (2 months shy of 2 years old) on Christmas Eve. That was the day we celebrated Christmas with Josh’s parents, brother, and sister-in-law. This is their tree.Youngstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerTenley was excited about all of her gifts & her new wagon.Youngstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerShe loves pajamas. She picks out which ones she wants to wear each night for bed.Youngstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerShe also liked her gifts from Uncle Justin & Aunt Lisa. We already had Christmas with Josh’s sister Jessica & her kids a couple of weeks ago when she was home from Columbus.Youngstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerTenley helped us pick out some of the gifts for her grandparents this year, which was really fun. We didn’t even ask her to & she chose some owl socks for Grandma Shishi & lotion for Grandma Cheryl. It was so cute that she heard us saying we were shopping for them & took initiative to choose gifts for them!Youngstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerJosh’s brother knew what his gift from Birdfish Brewing Co. was before he opened it.Youngstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerI’m 30 weeks along with Tenley’s little brother or sister. Time is flying by in this pregnancy!Youngstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerJust like when my sisters & I were growing up, Josh & I decided to start a tradition with Tenley (last year on her first Christmas) for her to open a new pair of Christmas pajamas on Christmas Eve that she can wear that night. Youngstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerShe said, “Put the reindeer jammies on.”Youngstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerThen it was time for Christmas morning with our little family at our house!Youngstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerTenley loved opening gifts &, BONUS, she didn’t want to eat all the wrapping paper like she did last year. haha! Youngstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerShe got to help Norris & Punky open their gift from The Pet Hydrant.Youngstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerDoggy cannoli. Youngstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerLOL. Tenley did quickly sneak a bite of that, but she was not a fan, as you can see. hahaha!Youngstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerThis was her fancy Christmas dress for church.
Youngstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerAfter church she was really tired & napped on me while she cuddled the baby. Youngstown wedding photographerThen it was time for Christmas with all of the cousins, aunts, and uncles at G-ma & Tata’s house. We did a white elephant gift exchange this year. Youngstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerThere were lots of laughs, lots of kids, and lots of chaotic moments. We made lots of fun memories.Youngstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerJosh’s white elephant gift he received.Youngstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerThe great grandkids each got to pop a balloon from G-ma & Tata. There was cash money inside.Youngstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYou gotta love Tata- the real Santa. menning_christmas_2016_0094menning_christmas_2016_0095menning_christmas_2016_0096My G-ma is such a pretty lady.menning_christmas_2016_0097menning_christmas_2016_0098They are cuties.menning_christmas_2016_0099menning_christmas_2016_0100Addie was telling Papa secrets about her cousin Hayes.menning_christmas_2016_0102Hayes came to investigate, but Addie told Papa he better not tell.menning_christmas_2016_0103These are all of the great grandkids except the two little girls who live in Florida. Missed you, Kristy, Sims, Kitt, and Alice!menning_christmas_0169Then Tenley got elbowed.
menning_christmas_2016_0104menning_christmas_2016_0106menning_christmas_2016_0107menning_christmas_2016_0108menning_christmas_2016_0109menning_christmas_2016_0110menning_christmas_2016_0111Youngstown wedding photographermenning_christmas_2016_0114Youngstown wedding photographermenning_christmas_2016_0116Youngstown wedding photographerMonday was Christmas at my parents’ house. They got a purple painted tree if you recall from our blog about our Christmas tree adventure.menning_christmas_2016_0118These are my sister Angie’s kids with Tenley. Adorable, aren’t they?Youngstown wedding photographerThat’s my mom. Tenley calls her Grandma Shishi. It’s a long story.Youngstown wedding photographermenning_christmas_2016_0121menning_christmas_2016_0122menning_christmas_2016_0123Youngstown wedding photographermenning_christmas_2016_0125Youngstown wedding photographermenning_christmas_2016_0127We were missing my sister Lisa & her husband Scott that day. They came to visit a couple of weeks ago from Boston.Youngstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerTenley loves her Aunt Angie & smelling candles.
Youngstown wedding photographerShe’s coming around to Uncle Jim slowly but surely.menning_christmas_2016_0131Youngstown wedding photographermenning_christmas_2016_0133It’s so difficult to believe my little niece Addie is six years old.menning_christmas_2016_0134Youngstown wedding photographermenning_christmas_2016_0136menning_christmas_2016_0137menning_christmas_2016_0138menning_christmas_2016_0139menning_christmas_2016_0140menning_christmas_2016_0141menning_christmas_2016_0142menning_christmas_2016_0143menning_christmas_2016_0144menning_christmas_2016_0145menning_christmas_2016_0146menning_christmas_2016_0147menning_christmas_2016_0148menning_christmas_2016_0149Then it got crazy. haha.
menning_christmas_2016_0150menning_christmas_2016_0151menning_christmas_2016_0152Mom & Dad got me the Bah Hum Pug shirt. It’s too silly & perfect with my baby bump. Youngstown wedding photographerIt was in the 40s on the 27th so we took the wagon out for her maiden voyage.menning_christmas_2016_0154menning_christmas_2016_0155menning_christmas_2016_0156menning_christmas_2016_0157menning_christmas_2016_0158menning_christmas_2016_0159Tenley wanted her pug siblings to join in the fun. It was really funny. Norris stayed in there when bribed by Tenley’s goldfish crackers, but Punky wanted no part of it.menning_christmas_2016_0160Youngstown wedding photographermenning_christmas_2016_0162menning_christmas_2016_0163menning_christmas_2016_0164menning_christmas_2016_0165menning_christmas_2016_0166menning_christmas_2016_0167Youngstown wedding photographerAs we reflect on all of the blessings & challenges this past year has brought to us, we are constantly reminded of God’s grace & of how God has placed the perfect people in our lives at exactly the right moments. We’re excited to see what 2017 will bring our family. . . most especially in early March when we find out if our baby is a boy or girl after he or she is born!

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