Anyway, I had a truly wonderful holiday season though with lots of fun with family/friends and memorable experiences. I also think I have some pretty cool pictures to save and look back on.
So, here my summary over the next few blog posts.
The DC TempleAlways a highlight of the Christmas season for me to go, see the lights, attend a concert or two, etc. This year my favorite concert was the hand bell choir, simply because I had some friends participating in it! But, afterwards I could not resist walking around the temple and taking pictures of it all lit up with white lights. Just beautiful.
Anyway, I had the privilege of staying with Evan, Madison and the girls in their new place in Belmont! The highlight of course was spending time with Holland and Mary. They each have their own distinct personalities, but yet they also play together (as best they can) too!
Holland is a pure delight! Usually very happy and cheerful. No stranger danger and will be gladly picked up by anyone who's willing. She's starting to learn to say "Please", "Help", and gives the best kisses and hugs EVER! I also love her curls. She is super fun!!
Mary turns one this month (January) and she's developed a lot since I saw her in the summer. She's a fantastic sleeper (so is Holland) and is starting to smile more and more. She loves to be held (or simply noticed :) and is also discovering toys and making her way around the room to get in to just about everything!
We took them to the mall on the 23rd and got a picture with Santa. It was hard to get them both looking at the camera and smiling, so we tried the book and that worked well! I LOVE this picture of them! They both love to be read to... even by Santa!
Although we're not the most photogenic group :)
I also had a really good run there in the city. It was fun to pass by some pretty memorable places like the Charles River, Mt. Auburn Cemetery, etc.
On Christmas Eve, Dad and Chris came up in the morning and we all exchanged gifts. The girls were LOVING their new toys/dolls and Holland was having a bit of trouble sharing Mary's stuff with Mary - or letting Mary have it :) We had a famous Chinese take out for lunch and then dad drove me to the airport. I have to admit I was SUCH a back seat driver as I was worried I was going to miss my flight... but luckily I made it!!
A wonderful trip and an easy flight back to DC so I could pack for my trip the next day
Going through old photos I found this one of my grandfather. He ALWAYS dressed up like Santa for us and it took us years before we figured it out. Such a GREAT man!