Holiday recap

Better late than never, right?? Despite all my good blogging intentions, the holiday season got the better of me. Quinn’s first Christmas seemed to fly by faster than any other I can remember, but maybe that was just me struggling to fit in all of the usual gift buying, tree decorating, cookie baking, holiday movie watching, carol singing, and gift wrapping while taking care of a seven-month old. It seems like it takes me eons longer than normal to accomplish anything since Quinn was born, but boy, was Christmas morning with my baby special! I can’t wait to do it all again next year. And just to prove that I truly didn’t fall off the face of the earth, here are some of the highlights of our holiday season.

First, some outtakes from the holiday card photo shoot. Too much cuteness!

Quinn picked out his first Christmas tree while sporting an adorable Santa on his butt:

We decorated the tree and the house, which was a bit of a challenge because I had to find places for all our existing decorations—plus that awesome new reindeer head!—in our new home.

Quinn got to sit on Santa’s lap, and he loved it! We were expecting lots of tears, but as usual, he surprised us.

I wrapped many, many gifts. I picked out pretty matching wrapping paper and painstakingly decorated all the packages with baker’s twine, washi tape, and even handmade yarn pom-poms—only to discover that Quinn would probably have been happier with cheaper paper that would have torn more easily and those regular old stick-on bows that he loved ripping off the packages so much. Oh well, lesson learned!

On Christmas morning, Quinn was overjoyed to see that Santa had not passed him by! The moustache pacifier was in his stocking; we still can’t stop laughing at it.

He had a blast playing with his new toys:

But Christmas Day still had one surprise in store for all of us: SNOW! Big ol’ wet snowflakes that stuck to everything immediately. It was Quinn’s first snow and he thought it was awesome, until we rubbed his hand in a pile of it. He wasn’t so sure about the cold…

We had a pretty low-key New Year (I mean, I spent New Year’s Eve organizing our pantry and spices—wild times!), but Quinn managed to say goodbye to 2012 and welcome 2013 with a bit of fanfare:

And then he promptly took to his bed for a long winter’s nap. I think he’s finally recovering from his first holiday season!

Last year, 2012, was an incredible one for me. Here were some of the highlights:

A kitchen renovation, pregnancy, Quinn’s arrival, the move to a new town, a trip to Cozumel, a first Christmas and first snow on the very same day, and lots more good times with my two favorite dudes. It was a magical year—and I can’t believe the year my baby was born is already over! But I hope 2013 will be just as good to us, and that it has great things in store for you and yours as well. Happy (belated) holidays!

  • Donna Reihman

    Hi! We got your Christmas card and LOVED IT! I didn’t get any sent out this year (ok “last year” now), but thought I’d wait and see what’s in store for us at the end of Jan/early Feb! I’d rather send out ONE BIG letter than try to do 2! Oh, Emily…Quinn is so stinkin’ CUTE! And could a photographer get any cuter, happier, smiley kiddo to take pictures of?!?!? He’s SO happy in each picture! Especially with Santa! What a year 2012 has been for you. I’m sure 2013 will be just as exciting (and more so with Quinn walking, talking, running, getting into things, giving hugs, kisses, and lots more laughing, smiling, etc.!). If you think you’re busy now, just wait! LOL! I’m sure others have told you that already. I can tell your new job of parenthood is very fitting for you. You’re very fortunate to be able to stay at home with him. Keep the updates coming!ReplyCancel

    • Thanks so much, Donna! Being a mom is definitely the best job ever. I’m looking forward to your big update — keep me posted!ReplyCancel

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