Monday, December 26, 2011


We managed to get a Christmas eve family photo after the evening church service
and we opened our secret pal presents that night. Julia got a tutu from Auntie Grace!
Julia was the first one up on Christmas morning, but didn't know what was going on. She caught on quickly though.
There was a little baby doll in her stocking and she was thrilled!
She was a little perplexed as to why there were things in big socks.
But she soon learned what opening presents were all about! (Thanks Caroline, for the scarf! I love merino wool!!!)
I gave Dave a rock! (but not just any rock, one with a fossilized shell in it that I found when we were camping on the coast)
Julia got fake money for her purse
and I got a beautiful copper saute pan and a Wustoff knife!!! (Thank you Dave!!!!!)
Grace made mom beautiful socks

Joe pretended to not be excited.
Julia got a tea set!
and a Chinese dragon hat! Presents went on and on, So many lovely thing!
Later that day we went over to my Aunt Christine and Uncle Mark's house where we ice skated (some of us had not been on skates in about 12 years and some of us had never been on skates before!) and then had a Christmas feast.

Dawn, Jack, Dave, Julia, Me, Grace, Christine, Mark, Justin, Jenna and Joey.

All in all, it was a lovely holiday and now it's over! I've spent the last few days packing and getting ready for moving to Alaska! We leave tomorrow morning for Mt Vernon, Washington for about a week spent with Grandma Gini and Grandpa Dave, and on the 7th, we fly to Anchorage.

potty update: right around when the family started arriving for Christmas, Julia started to have more accidents. It's continued at a rate of about 2 accidents per day and I'm not sure what to do about it except that hope that time resolves things. I fear that it will get worse before it gets better since we're about to subject Julia to much change.

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