We had a wonderful family filled holiday season!
Starting in October, we had a great first Halloween with Claire. She, of course, was an Angel. It was a pleasure (for the most part) making her costume. I purchased rolls of silver and white tulle to make a tutu, baby doll wings attached with Velcro to the back of her onsie, and a thin feather boa glued to a bangle and attached to a sequin headband. She looked adorable! I will have to look back at these photos next year when I am spending countless hours sitting at the sewing machine to making Claire's next costume masterpiece and remind myself why it is worth while ;) We spent Halloween night at home handing candy out to trick or treater's and having family over to visit.
In November, we enjoyed a multitude of Thanksgiving dinners. We started off the holiday the Sunday before at my Dad's for a tasty traditional meal, followed by a late lunch Thanksgiving day at my Mom's and dinner at Jason's parents. Claire loved giving to try so many new foods! She loved Aunt Heidi's homemade mac and cheese, my maple sweet potato casserole, Grandpa Trish's dinner rolls, and Grandma Kent's watergate salad. Of course, given the fact she is my daughter, there wasn't a single dessert she didn't enjoy :)
December was wonderful, as we were very blessed to spend much of Christmas week with the majority of our family. We started the Sunday before by celebrating with the extended Dodd family. It was so wonderful to see family members we hadn't had the opportunity to see for many years. We spent Christmas Eve with Jason's family, all of which were in town except David and Brittney- whom we missed dearly! We enjoyed their traditional finger-food dinner, followed by a game and story time with all the kids. It is so much fun to watch all of them in one room playing- so long as you don't mind noise and the occasional role of referee ;) We had a very laid back Christmas morning at home, just the three of us, as we enjoyed Claire opening all her gifts. We followed that up with a delicious brunch and gifts at Grandpa Dodd's. We spent Christmas evening enjoying a dinner with the extended Kent family, where Claire had a great time socializing with everyone. Our last Christmas celebration was the day after, during which we hosted a casual dinner with my Mom and siblings.
New Years was not much of a celebration this year. I worked the holiday, enjoying a mid-night baby bottle toast of sparkling apple juice with co-workers. Jason and Claire enjoyed an evening visit to see Grandma and Grandpa Kent, then headed home to get some rest.
We are excited as we enter 2013 for all the excitement this year is sure to hold! First up: Claire is turning one! We have two short weeks until her birthday and are busy planning a party to remember :)
Happy New Year (a little late)!
Jason, Crystal, and Claire