Today was a wonderful first Christmas for you, the type of day that rivaled my best expectations for what the day should be. I love the holiday season, and Christmas in particular, and I’ve loved getting to share it with you. I relish the colder weather and arrival of snow, the festive lights all around, the smell of an evergreen tree decorated inside our home, and the anticipation of giving and receiving the perfect gift.
Nana and papa stayed here last night, and we all woke up and almost immediately dove into present opening. First was your stocking. Even with lots of prodding you didn’t really understand that you were to pull out the objects from within the sock, and that they were for you. After that we started opening gifts. We’d start opening the present for you by making a small rip in the wrapping paper, and you’d take it from there. You’d rip and tear until you’d freed a piece, then more often than not you’d try to eat the paper. Papa kept telling you that you can’t eat the paper and taking it from you. Towards the end of the presents you were a pro; you’d rip off the paper and immediately hand each piece to papa!
Some of your favorite presents included: a Winnie-the-Pooh car just like the one you enjoyed at your cousin’s house in Seattle (from Grandma and Grandpa Stephans); your first pair of skis (thanks to nana and papa); a walker (from Denny and Nancy); nesting cups and a shape sorter that will be perfect on the beach in Costa Rica (though also perfect here; thanks Jen and Brett); and a little toy house that makes all sorts of sounds and music (thanks Kim and Brandon).
After the presents were all unearthed we enjoyed a nice brunch, and you took a nap. Then we decided to try out our new backpack. I bought it last summer but you’ve been too little for it. But recently you’ve been growing agitated in the Baby Bjorn after short walks, and so we thought we’d try it. We bundled you up and loaded you in, and you were so happy and curious once strapped onto your dad’s back. You happily chatted the entire way.
When we got home I decided to let you play in the snow a bit since you were all bundled up. We sat you down in the snow in our backyard and you just looked around for a bit. You moved your legs in the snow and touched it with your glove-covered hands. You seemed pretty impartial to the whole deal.
This afternoon we went to nana and papa’s for a nice Christmas fondue dinner. You had lots of fun crawling around and eating all of the yummy food for dipping. It was a perfect day.