Saturday, December 29, 2012

An Oregon Christmas

Isabel and I spent almost the whole month of December in Oregon. The highlight of our trip was getting to meet our sweet little Lilly Geanne! Isabel wanted to hold her, and tickle her, and touch her, and snuggle with her... Some of the snuggles were a little too smothery but it was just so cute to see her interact so well with a newborn. I hope she does just as well when her baby brother arrives! 

Isabel got tons of quality time with both sets of grandparents and all of her aunts and uncles. Uncle Andy was definintly a favorite because he would let her watch as much Dora as she wanted, give her cookies and just all around spoil her rotten! While in Portland we went to the zoo to see the zoo lights and rode the train. She loved all the animal lights, but definitely didn't like the raindeer character! I think Disney Land is still a few years out. We also got to hear Tia Rosa sing at the Grotto. Nothing makes the season feel like Christmas like that serene peacful place. Rosa's choir sounded like angels, and almost everyone heard her yell "yay Rosa" when they were done singing! 

We also went up to Seattle for a night to visit the Crow family and see their new home in the heart of Seattle. She adored little Banks (who at almost 6 months old really wasn't little). She would get down on the floor with him and give him toys and try to tickle his belly. A couple times she actually tried to pick him up and take him away from me so that she could hold him! She sure does love babies!

As is our tradition, we spent Christmas Eve with the Brinkers, and Christmas Day with the Fraleys. This little girl was pretty spoiled! She picked up on opening presents pretty fast!

Reading this book was Isabel's nightly routine with Poppa!

"Big hug!" for Uncle Luc!

Our baby boy has a name!

We got our Christmas presents for next year early! 

Ma's creative way to gift some cash

A Fraley Christmas!

Tim's wrapping included personalized artwork - apperently I'm having 7 kids!

Wizzard Isabel defending her cave from he evil cow (she was afraid of a little toy cow that mooed)
Dave as the "Great White Hunter"

The name Easton Antonio brought my mom to tears

My cuddle buddy Lilly Geanne

I'm sure this is going to taste really good after a day of cooking, cleaning, changing diapers, nursing...
WWe were spoiled with the love of our families, and miss everyone terribly already. I really feel that this trip helped Isabel to bond and connect with her family and vice versa. It had been 4 months since she had seen the Fraleys and everyone was pretty amazed at how much she had changed and developed. Next time we go back to Oregon to see the fam we will have a whole new little person to introduce to them!

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