Christmas 2013 recap

Another Christmas has come and gone, and it makes me sad every year. It’s such a happy time of year, and a chance to visit with friends and family who we don’t see as often as we’d like. But this year, I am mostly sad to see it go for Bridget.

She loved Christmas: the tree, lights, ornaments, Nipper, and the songs. It is true what they say; experiencing Christmas through a child is like living it all over again yourself…but better.

This Christmas was memorable for so many reasons. Here are just a few:

Bridget had her first “dance recital”. Yes, you read that correctly. She’s been taking a dance class for several weeks at daycare and they shared their talents in front of dozens of people. It was so cute, and she seemed to really enjoy it.

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Two of my cousins welcomed new babies this year, making six great grandchildren for these two gems of grandparents. They’re celebrating 63 years of marriage this February. What a beautiful sight, indeed.

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We hosted Christmas Eve at our house again this year. It was a wonderful day with my family. And, I cooked my very first turkey. I don’t want to brag, but my mom said it was the best tasting turkey she ever had. She’s not biased or anything, either.

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Four generations of my family are in this photo, and I just love everything about it. I hope there will be many, many more of its kind.

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Waking up Christmas morning and watching Bridget open her presents from Santa brought back so many memories from my childhood. It was such a privilege to provide the same excitement for Bridget as I remember. Here are a few of the goodies, one of which we gave a little early…we just couldn’t wait.

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Bridget and her cousins have so much fun at Grandma and Grandpa’s. Here are a few pictures of the beautiful chaos that ensues with 10 grandkids and 14 adults.

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And all of this completely exhausted Bridget who fell asleep within five minutes of our trek home.

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Merry belated Christmas and happy New Year to all!

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