Celebrating Christmas (Part 1)

temple1Christmas.

We did a lot.

We took a lot of pictures.

We saw lots of family.

We took even more pictures.

There is a lot to say and a lot to share.

Prepare yourself.

Let the Christmas 2013 Blog begin:

A few nights before Christmas, we had some cousins over to celebrate with Dominic before we headed down to Texas to celebrate with other cousins. And then we came back to celebrate with more cousins. Dominic dealt with cousin overload. Definitely. Not a bad thing.

Bears, Biscuits, Campbell, and Gwen came over for dinner. They brought their parents as well. Nathan made mighty delicious lasagna. What would you expect from Chef Guapo?

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In case you didn’t know, Dom’s cousin, Bears, likes to dress up. If you can tell me what he’s dressed up as in the second pic below, I will make you cookies. But you’re disqualified if your name is Ryan or Laura Elkins. Not fair.

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At one point in the evening, it seemed a little quiet. I asked Nathan if he was with Dom. Nope. Maren asked Dustin if he was with Campbell. Nope. The two boys were somewhere together. Alone. Unsupervised. Not even Pogi was watching them. We found them in the nursery. Chaos.

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It was a delightful evening.

Then we took off to Texas.

Nathan, Dom and I flew to Houston and then down to Brownsville. Both flights were delayed. Three cheers for holiday travel. Dom did pretty well, though, sleeping some on both flights. He napped better on our full day of flying than he did his first day back at daycare.

In Texas, we stayed with Grandma and Papa Elkins. Dom crashed in the little pantry room, enjoying the comforts of a round crib and the white noise of the air conditioner in there.

On Christmas Eve, Noah, Jake, and Kylee came over to play with “BABY DOMINIC!” and they brought their parents with them so Nathan got some quality time with his brother Randy and Marissa and I sat back to watch the brothers’ loving interaction. The weather was pretty fabulous so we played outside in the afternoon.

Kylee spent a lot of time squeezing BABY DOMINIC! Noah and Jake were more focused on getting in some sprinting time, racing to the other side of the yard. I’m still learning a new camera so sadly, those pics came out all blurry. Oh wait. It wasn’t the camera. It was Noah and Jakey. They’re too fast for the average camera.

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Eventually we were too hot (yes, that’s right: too hot on Christmas Eve playing outside) so we brought the games inside. Noah drove Dominic all around the house and Kylee supervised.

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Christmas morning, Dominic visited his Great Grandparents. He walked around a little with Po and eventually sat down on the edge of Great Grandma’s bed. He wore his Christmas PJs to be festive and had his first taste of eggnog.

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End of part 1. Take the time to enjoy all of those pictures, mmkay? Still to come: opening Christmas gifts, visiting the beach, hitting up the zoo, and then a massive picture of 18 Campbell grandkids. Are you excited?

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