Everyone was excited for your first Christmas. In fact, daddy's side of the family referred to it as "Izzymas." During the week of Christmas, you had many firsts. You got to meet your Uncle Grant and Aunt Megan for the first time. Your uncle is in the Airforce and lives in Tucson, Arizona, so it's hard to see him and your aunt all the time. Even though it doesn't show in these pictures, you really did like your uncle. You got to meet your Aunt Megan on Christmas Eve morning and adored her, too. (I'll have to remember to get a snapshot with your Aunt Megan next time...)
You also got your first cold this week. You had a pretty stuffy nose. You hated when mommy had to suction out your boogies so that you could breathe. I felt so bad. I had to practically put you in a head lock to do it... But who could blame you for hating it so much? Hopefully, your cold won't last long.
For Christmas, we traveled down to Columbia, South Carolina, on Christmas Eve night. We went to the 6:30 p.m. mass at St. John Neumann Church, the very church your daddy went to as a child. Your daddy was so proud to show you off to everyone. He even picked out your outfit just for the occasion - a reindeer suit. You were so adorable in it.
For Christmas, we stayed at your Aunt Meredith and Uncle Kevin's house. We got to share Christmas morning with your cousins Taylor, Emily, Jack, and Charlie, and with your Uncle Josh, Uncle Kevin, Aunt Meredith, and Grandma Joyce. You were so excited to see everyone that morning and especially liked opening your own presents.
That night, your Aunt Meredith prepared a lovely Christmas dinner of roasted beef, sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts, and vegan lasagna. Your cousins Jake, Thomas, and James came later that night as well as your Uncle Terry, Aunt Jeanine, and Aunt Kristie. Oh, it was so much fun spending time with everyone! We even opened Christmas crackers during dinner and got to wear paper crowns on our heads and tell corny jokes.
I think you really enjoyed your first Christmas. And guess what? We get to do it all again when we see your Mimi and Pop pop later this week. You lucky little girl.