I had a really great first Christmas and first Hanukkah!!
Momma and Daddy and Cassie and Ferris and I went to Nana V and Grandfather's in Headland, AL to celebrate together.
We spent a whole day getting there, but the next day was Christmas Eve and a big group of us (minus Daddy and Grandfather) went to the mall to volunteer at the House of Ruth gift wrapping booth. Momma and Nana V and Aunt D and Aunt Kimi usually do this every year on Christmas Eve. I did it last year too, but I was still in Momma's tummy at teh time! People took turns holding me while others wrapped. Uncle Todd did a LOT of awesome wrapping. This was the first year he went with us, and he jumped right in and raised a bunch of money! I also loved when he took a break to come hold me. Uncle Todd is so great!! Aunt D and Aunt Kimi also took turns holding me and playing with me. I took a nap on Aunt Kimi's shoulder at one point. When it was Momma's turn to take a break, she came over and fed me then took me to say hello to Santa.
Soon after Santa (and a *sorta* quick stop at Babies R Us for a bottle brush), we headed back to the house. Daddy had made his annual Christmas Eve Chilli and everyone was SO happy to eat it!! It was YUM! The only problem poor Daddy had was everyone kept asking him where the rice was! HAHA! You see, Momma's side of the family eats their chilli over a bed of rice, but Daddy doesn't eat it that way. It was funny though because person after person asked where the rice was/ if there was rice. Nana V ended up cooking some for the rice-eaters!
After chilli, Momma dressed me in a pretty Christmas dress that Nana V bought for me way back in October so I could wear it to Christmas Eve church services. Seconds after putting it over my head, I spit-up ALLLLLLLL over it!! Good thing Momma packed my other Christmas dress (the one that she used for our holiday card photo). She quickly put it on me and we rushed out the door. Grandfather was so proud carrying me into church. I sat quietly for the first half of the service. And when I got a little restless, Momma gave me a piece of red paper that was in the program. I really liked playing with that. I liked it so much that I started talking all about it! Soon, Momma had to step out so I wouldn't be disruptful. We went down the hall to the nursery where another delinquent child was playing. His name was Gray and he was 11 months old and his Daddy was in there with him. We all visited/played for a few minutes and then Momma took me back in for the candlelight part of the service (her favorite part). The lights get turned out and we all hold candles and sing "Silent Night". Then, lots of people wanted to come tell me hello. I was only tolerating this. It was past my bedtime and I was getting pretty fussy! I went to bed soon after we got back to the house.
The next morning was Christmas morning!!! I changed out of my Christmas pajamas and put on my Christmas Day outfit and Santa hat! I was the cutest elf in the world! I unwrapped LOTS AND LOTS of presents! There were so many that I took a nap half-way through and when I woke up, it STILL wasn't over! That may be a slight exaggeration, but there WERE a LOT of gifts to unwrap! After gifts came the big meal. It was yummy! Not that I got to taste it, but I took everyone's word for it. :)
After food, LOTS of people left to go back home. :( Aunt D and uncle Todd left :( , Great Aunt Tammie and Great Aunt Jeanne and cousin Nick left :( , then Aunt Kimi left :(
We had a little "down time" and then Uncle Adam and Aunt Anna came over with my cousins Whit (4 and a half) and Kessler (almost 2). Whit took off almost immediately and played with Grandfather, but Kessler loved playing with me! She was so sweet. She covered me with one of my burp cloths and patted my back and brought me toys and kissed me. I loved playing with my cousin!
After they left, I had my bath and then we lit the Hanukkah candles. Nana V and Grandfather gave me a beautiful Star of David necklace. I won't be able to wear it for a few years, but it will always remind me of my very first Hanukkah! After the candles were lit, I had a bottle and passed out! Whew! That was a BIG day!
We stayed in Headland on Friday and Saturday too, before coming back home to Tennessee on Sunday. It was really nice to spend so much time with Nana V, Grandfather, and Nana May. We played lots of board games which were fun, but the Jenga blocks scared me whenever the tower toppled! I also went with Momma and Nana V to meet Bess and Frank Hazelwood at the Temple on Friday night before the Hanukkah dinner began. Everyone there loved me! Rabbi Lynne is also a huge fan!
On Sunday, during our drive back, Daddy and I was babbling!! I usually have A LOT to say, but it mostly sounds like "aaaAhhHhAHAHhhhAAAaaahHhhhAhHHh". Now, I'm saying "bleh, bleh, bleh" "MmmB" "Bla, bla, bla". It's really exciting that I'm hitting this milestone!!! I'm trying out new sounds each day!!
I'm also eating more solids! I'm now eating (and liking) carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, prunes, and GREEN BEANS! Mommy was surprised about the green beans. She thought I'd make a "yucky face", but I actually really liked them and finished a whole jar the very first time! Peas are next up to bat.
Well, I hope everyone has a great New Year!!!
Hugs and Kisses!