Friday, December 26, 2008

A VERY Merry Christmas Here In St. Louis!

What a wonderful day we had with our little girl. She had a great time opening gifts from Santa and family. Sophie is getting the hang of unwrapping gifts. At first she start to open it and then re-wrap it thinking it is falling apart or something, but after 20 or so she is getting it. We have her second birthday around the corner so that will be another op for gifts.
Our girl is now loaded with new clothes and a great array of new toys to fill her room, and the rest of it. Monday we are looking to add on to the house for all the new things :-).
Honestly, we just had fun watching Sophie interact with everyone. It was so very good. She just had so much fun and at the end of the day, she fell asleep in Mommy's arms reading a book and only woke up ONCE last night! WOOHOO!! We hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas. We sure did. This little angel is the best gift we could have ever received! Truly a gift from God, which we are eternally grateful.

Traditional Christmas morning stairs picture.

Our NEW family. What a gift we have received!

Playing with my Strawberry Shortcake house.

Sophie's needlepoint stocking made by her Moots

Don't I look like a million dollars in my dress? Hey Jackie, how many outfits did Mya wear in one day? Sophie?......... THREE!

Proud first time grandparents!

Sophie and Mimi (Her Great Grandmother). Looking forward to spending many summers in Michigan at the cottage!

More ammo in Hank's interaction arsenal... M&M's...... Those result in kisses!

I get this unwrapping thing now!

Since we were in Viet Nam and did not get to have our annual "Jingle BELZ" party, we let the kids sing a tribute, and this is the result! Sophie LOVES music and singing as you can see!


Anonymous said...

Looks like Sophie had a great Christmas with her family. Love that little dress and the video of Sophie singing and clapping her hands. Miss hanging out with you guys in Vietnam. It was great to talk to you guys yesterday. Can't wait to see what a great year you'll have together in 2009! Mya says hi!

Liz said...

Merry Christmas Belz Family!

I have loved keeping up with your blog and following you on your journey to Sophia- she is beautiful!

Hopefully we will run into you guys somewhere along the line!

The Fels Family

Anonymous said...

I was there with my whole gang in spirit. Love you all...

Aunt Diehnee

Stevens Family said...

Looks like a wonderful Christmas. Love all the pics and videos. Very sweet.

Destiny said...

I love the pics and the family! I'm coming to STL asap! Miss you!!!

Duda Family said...

Merry Christmas Belz family. So happy Sophie is home at last! Thank you for letting us follow your journey to Vietnam and back! Hopefully you will follow ours in 2009. Best wishes for a joyous New Year!

Shawna VanDraska said...

Hank and Tricia,

I am so glad you have made it home safely with your perfect angel! I LOVE that daddy is trading M&M's for kisses! So cute! Wishing you all the best!