LaLaLa, doing my morning workout with my duckie… Enter Grandma (grandmother #1). We play with my stacking cups. Still, a quiet, peaceful morning. “GramC” (known to the world as Cindy, GramE’s best friend) wants to come over and play. We play with my stacking cups. […]
Month: January 2011
This Christmas, we missed Christmas Eve Vigils, and, in fact, all church services. I really missed them. It really drove home for me that going to church is not out of obligation–it’s out of need. I need to be reminded of the Living God. I need to be reminded of the miracle of God becoming man and coming back to life after dying for me. Often. John and I had planned to sing some Christmas songs in the hour or two we had between putting Anna to bed on Christmas Eve and everyone else arriving, but Anna had (a lot of) trouble getting to sleep, and by the time we sat down to sing, we didn’t even get through the first hymn before people came. Don’t get me wrong–we really enjoyed seeing everyone–but I really felt the lack.
We were in 5 homes in 5 days. Anna slept in all of them, though we only slept in two. Follow the links for many more photos.
Before we left home, the neighborhood carolers came around, and sang The First Noël to us. It was beautiful. I love the enthusiasm from the kids at bottom right here. And hooray for a camera that can take decent photos of people when it’s really dark outside.
Home #1 was Uncle Chip and Aunt Betsy’s house for Christmas Eve with John’s dad’s side of the family, his mom, and Gram. Emily (of Timeless Paper–shameless plug) made beautiful place cards, we opened the traditional Christmas poppers from our English cousins, and Anna even came down for a very confused visit before we went to my parents house.
Home #2: Over the river and through the woods, to Grandmother’s house we went! Thankfully Grandma and Grandpa’s house is only 15 minutes away from Chip and Betsy’s house, so we put a confused and bleary Anna to bed. Precisely a year after we first felt Anna kick, we saw midnight opening Christmas Day. In the morning, the first time we had my whole family together since last Christmas, we opened presents. Max played Santa, and Grandma and Anna showed off their hats that Aunt Megan made for them:
Home #3: my Uncle Mike and Aunt Lynn’s house, with my dad’s side of the family. Anna was delighted to meet my Aunt Gow. Mike and Lynn got my parents appropriate hats for lounging in their new hot tub in the snow (or rain, or sleet, or hail…). Max, Megan, and I were together for the first time in a year. Megan especially enjoyed her Anna time, as the last time they were in the same state, Anna was 3 weeks old. It was also the first Christmas for Anna’s second cousin Joshua (not to be confused with the other Joshua, in this post I’ve been meaning to link to since, oh, October). We then got in our sleighs and headed back to Home #2 for a more extended stay. And so we saw the midnight closing Christmas Day.
Back to home #2 for a more restful time. We saw Heather and Linda. We also saw Paul, Ann, Daniel, and Laura (we missed you, Rachel and Jason!), but apparently we were photo-ed out, because there is no record! (gasp!) Anna got in some good aunt and uncle time, and began playing with her most versatile toy yet–stacking cups from Grandma and Grandpa. They stack. They nest. They turn into 5 balls. Or one. They make spectacular sounds when rolled, smacked against other objects, or dropped. They also make julienned fries. Fisher Price (and Grandma and Grandpa), kudos.
Home #4: GramE’s house, with Great Gram. Anna had a wonderful time playing with Great Gram (who seemed pretty happy as well). GramE and Great Gram are kind enough to be very flexible with when they see us near Christmas, which makes things a lot easier. I really like the 4 generations (and Peaches in the corner) shot, and the shot of the closest women in John’s life.
Home#5: Our house (actually we went back and forth between GramE’s and our place). We were happy to see Uncle Bob, Aunt Michele, Paul, and Marie for lunch. Uncle Bob played peek-a-boo with Anna from across the room. Our last photo of 2010 is of Matt (of Matt and Melissa) with Anna, when they came to visit us.
And then we rested. That wraps up 2010 for our family.
Greetings! Here’s a whirlwind tour of December, pre-Christmas festivities. If you want to see more pictures, click through on the links, or just bypass my commentary and see December’s photos. I just know you’re sitting at the computer like me, right? I’m wearing my blue […]