A Very Happy New Year, everyone!  We hope that you all had a happy and blessed holiday!  Our first Christmas together was wonderful.  Christmas was followed soon after by Daniel's birthday (12/26) and Maya's birthday (12/31).  We had some great visits with family and with dear friends from out of town.  I won't go into details but will let the photos tell the story-- there are lots of them this time!  The only thing I will say is that we are more in love with these two little people each day, and Christmas just magnified that for us.  It's so special to really feel like a family!  We felt lucky to share that with many of you in person, and in spirit with those of you that are far away.

All the best to all of you in 2006!

Daniel and John open presents (with help from Ginger and Ollie!)

Checking out our new Elmo book

It didn't take us long to figure out how to open gifts!

Daniel helps cousin Sidney with her new cookware on Christmas Eve

Our parents made us dress this way!

Christmas pug

Our First Christmas

Christmas Day is for napping!

Grandma Jacobson and Maya

A visit from friends Dan and Sue-- who gave us our cool snowsuits!

Friend David introduces Maya to the wonderful world of trains

Aunt Maggie makes eating fun!

Our first trip to a Chicago museum...

...where I learned to be an astronaut!

Me, too!  Me, too!

Lots of fun at Navy Pier with our friends Lindsey and Mollie

Daniel builds a brick wall at the Chicago Children's Museum at Navy Pier

Exploring at the Children's Museum

We want to go shopping but we're too short!

Wow, can we open this gift, too?

Maya, Daniel and Anne at the Navy Pier winter festival

After a long, fun day at Navy Pier

Hooray!  We're one!

Friend Nicholas (adopted this year from Kaz!) helps us to celebrate our birthdays

Happy New Year, everyone!