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Christmas 2015

by Meghann on December 26, 2015

This year’s Christmas was extra special for so many reasons.

1. It was Annalynn’s first Christmas.

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I loved sharing all of our family traditions with her. From our big Christmas eve celebration, to family Christmas pajamas, to waking up early and taking turns opening presents around the Christmas tree. She may not understand everything just yet, but I look forward to building on these traditions for years to come and even adding some new ones to the mix.

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2.  My siblings and I were all together on Christmas morning for the first time in 5 years!

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When my twin brother began his residency program in California back in 2011, we knew it would be difficult for him to make it back home for the holidays. Between the cost of flights and his very demanding residency hours, it never happened. However, now that he’s back in Florida for his fellowship, the trek home for Christmas is finally doable. My parents got their big Christmas wish this year – all of their kids, spouses, and grandkids opening presents by the tree on Christmas morning.

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3.  The secret is out – Annalynn will be welcoming another cousin to the family in July.

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My brother and sister-in-law are expecting! We are beyond thrilled over the news and can’t wait to celebrate another baby’s first Christmas next year!

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4.  Memorable gifts.

How awesome is this wall piece my sister and brother-in-law made for my parents? The best part is there’s room to grow! The empty piece on the bottom is for my brother and sister-in-law to fill in when their baby arrives this summer.

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I had lots of fun making Owen’s Christmas present this year.

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It’s a book of labeled family photos so he can learn the names of various family members. I created the photos in PicMonkey and made the book in Shutterfly.

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We had a lot of fun playing “Owen, where’s Uncle Ben?” (and then he would look around the room and point to Uncle Ben), so I know he’ll have fun with this one.

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When my brother-in-law and his family were in town a few weeks ago, we took some fun photos of Annalynn and her cousin Marley. I ordered canvases for my in-laws (which, unfortunately, won’t be here until January – grr….) and framed some prints for Derek’s grandparents. The look on their faces when they opened the gift was priceless.

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Dada hates gifts (he’s in his late 80s and always insists he has everything he needs), so when he was so visibly happy to open this one, I knew we got it right. His great-granddaughters hold a very special place in his heart.

Finally, my sister wins for giving the gift that made me cry. She gave me a framed photo of Annalynn and Maddie with a note that the frame is for my desk at work so I always have my girls with me and that she had added money to Annalynn’s swim school account because she knows how much doing the water babies classes with Annalynn means to me. I know it doesn’t sound like much, but it meant the world to me. I’m even tearing up writing about it.

5.  This.

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I think our smiles say it all.

I hope everyone had a fabulous Christmas full of love, happiness, and family. Enjoy the rest of the Holiday season!

 

 

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona December 26, 2015 at 12:51 pm

It must have been nice to have all your siblings together for Christmas. Sounds like there were lots of great gifts too. Merry Christmas!
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2 Dannie December 26, 2015 at 2:46 pm

I was going to ask how Maddie is doing! You haven’t posted anything about her in forever, I was wondering how she was adjusting to the newest family member!

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3 Meghann December 26, 2015 at 8:33 pm

I’ll have to write a post on Maddie. She is doing great with her sis. I’ve posted some photos of them together on Instagram

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4 Jennifer December 26, 2015 at 7:55 pm

Sounds like a great Christmas. And your family will have a “baby’s first Christmas” 3 years in a row. Wow!

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5 Kelly December 26, 2015 at 10:22 pm

What a lovely Christmas! How fun that your whole family was able to get together.
I love the Shutterfly book that you made. So clever! I think I might make one for my kids.
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6 Mary December 27, 2015 at 3:09 am

Congratulations to your brother and sister-in-law. And, well, you all really! 🙂 Love the photo of the stockings hanging up along with the scan photo! How lovely for your parents that they had your whole family together this year.
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7 Jess December 27, 2015 at 3:17 am

Beautiful pictures sounds like a perfect Christmas!
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8 Jesica @rUnladylike December 27, 2015 at 2:22 pm

I’m so glad you had such a great Christmas. The smiles in all your pictures do say it all! Annalynn is one of the most beautiful babies. I love seeing all your pics of her. Wishing you a wonderful 2016! xo
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9 Melissa December 29, 2015 at 9:35 am

I love seeing your Christmas pictures, it takes me back to last year with our daughter Ellie’s first Christmas. Annalynn is almost the same age Ellie was at Christmas last year. Such fun memories, and next year she’ll be running all over the place!
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10 Linda @ The Fitty December 30, 2015 at 7:21 pm

Have you told annalynn Santa stories yet?!
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