A few Christmas highlights

Monday, December 30, 2013

So, at Christmas, I came down with an annoying virus that I guiltily passed on to Avienne, which we then passed on to my sister's two youngest boys and then my brother-in-law. It was absolutely no fun, and honestly stole a lot of joy out of our Christmas plans and celebrations. All the scrumptious food my mom and sister whipped up for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day was wasted on my useless tastebuds. I was in bed by 8:00 every night with aches and terrible congestion, and up all night nursing my sick, congested babe. And, all the grand plans I had to play games and watch movies and get tons of knitting done never had a chance to materialize. 

But, I was surrounded by family all week, and Avienne is such a cuddlebug when she's not feeling well, so it wasn't all a waste. Plus, we got to see snow! We never see snow on Christmas, and that was honestly, a treat. Back in Austin, we're still on the mend over here, trying to shake some persistent coughs and a few lingering sniffles, but getting out for fresh air as much as possible (especially since it's about 50-degrees warmer here). There hasn't been much time to play with all our Christmas gifts between long naps, and trips outside, so we're looking forward to recovering soon for discovering and enjoying all our new toys.  It wasn't the Christmas we dreamt it would be, but it's one that won't soon be forgotten. Now, we're really looking forward to a healthy 2014! 


Sunday, December 29, 2013

"A portrait of Avienne once a week, every week in 2013"

Cinquante-deux :: Sledding in a sea of snow.

Lots of firsts happeend last week for this little girl. We were in Kansas during a couple of days of snowfall, and Avienne had the pleasure of experiencing the cold powder for the first time. Too bad my baby is such a Texas girl - she was mostly OK being bundled up in snow gear, but she just couldn't stand to keep her mittens on. When she discovered how cold the snow was, she seemed to be done with it all. So, I grabbed this sled from my sister's garage and pulled her around the front yard for a bit while the boys shoveled the driveway. She cracked a few smiles, but as you can see, wasn't interested in the whole thing for a too long. She got sick the very next day (thanks to her mama), so I have a feeling that might have had something to do with it, too. Either way, we grabbed a few good photos of her in the sea of snow, and I love having a picture of one of Avienne's "firsts" for the very last "picture of the week" in 2013.

Linking up with Jodi's 52 Project.


Saturday, December 28, 2013

"A portrait of Avienne once a week, every week, in 2013"

Cinquante-et-un :: Road-tripper at a pit-stop

We set off on Friday night to visit my sister and her family in Kansas for the holidays. After a blown tire forced us to stay overnight a little closer to home than we expected, we set off the next day refreshed and eager to hit the road. We made it there in almost no time, despite the wintry weather and all the mini pit-stops we had to make for this little gal. Traveling in a car with Avienne wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be, but I don't think we'll be doing it again anytime soon. Having an active baby strapped to a carseat for a few hours at a time seems a bit like torture, so if we do decide to do some road-tripping again, I think we'll wait until she's a little older and at least big enough to sit facing forward. 

Linking up with Jodi's 52 Project.


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

"A portrait of Avienne once a week, every week, in 2013"

Cinquante :: Breakfast baby.

Holy smokes, I can't believe we're already at week 50! Although it feels like I've kept up relatively well with this project, I'm a bit ashamed to say I didn't take the camera out once this past week. Of course, I always have my phone ready to snap a shot, and this (as well as last) week's post is thanks to that trusty contraption. I don't know if I've learned to capture more and better moments like I'd hoped I'd learn when I first started this project, but I'm happy I'll have this cherished collection of weekly memories to look back on when it's all said and done. These little, normal moments of our lives - playing in the park, running in the backyard, or eating breakfast, I'm learning, are what really make up our small existence. And, they're just as important to capture as the milestones we all look forward to witnessing.

Linking up with Jodi's 52 Project.

O Tannenbaum

Thursday, December 12, 2013

A few weekends ago, we drove out to Elgin Christmas Tree farm to pick out our Christmas tree. They have really lovely pre-cut trees like many of the tree stands in town do, but we went all the way out there to cut our own. This is the first time any of us had ever cut down any sort of tree, so we didn't really know what to expect. Of course, it turned out to be a really fun experience at the pitturesque farm just east of Austin.

A tractor pulled us out to the impressive tree garden to wander about in search of the perfect one to bring home. I was a little sad at first because, although the trees were all kinds of gorgeous, my favorite kind of Christmas tree (Douglas Fir) could only be purchased pre-cut. But, there were so many other beauties to choose from and I was kind of excited to discover other types of trees.

Beforehand, we had decided to look for a "small" tree, but in the end, our perfect tree was a little taller than we'd expected, at nearly 7 feet. We found it after a pretty long search - deciding on a few others first, only to discover they were really dried up or missing big chunks of their leaves. Gui set off cutting it down, giving me a [very short] turn at the saw, while Avienne romped about, kicking tree stumps and cheering her papa on.

I have to hand it to the farm, they really have the whole system down to a science. As soon as we deboarded the trailer with our tree tagged and named, someone handled the whole process of shaking our tree down, shaving down the trunk and netting it for transport. We paid, tied it to the car roof, grabbed a sausage wrap (or two), and were on our way home in no time.

We kept it simple this year and threw on all of last year's decorations, minus a topper. I had huge plans for buying a big, shiny star topper, but waited too long to decide on one. Next year! I'm just happy to wake up to a freshly-cut tree, a few strewn lights and three little stockings hung nearby. Christmas is coming!


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

"A portrait of Avienne once a week, every week, in 2013."

Quarante-neuf :: Looking like a teenager, helping us trim the tree.

This year, Christmastime has been so much more interactive than last year, and I'm loving it. She can help us with the tree, put up decorations (although, she's mostly not interested), drink hot cocoa and dance to Christmas tunes with us instead of watching us have all the fun. It's been great, and I'm pretty stoked to see how she reacts to Christmas morning and all the excitement of opening gifts and eating good food with family. It really feels like it's her first Christmas all over again. 

Linking up with Jodi's 52 Project.


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

"A portrait of Avienne once a week, every week, in 2013."

Quarante-huit :: Showing the swings some love

It's been a while since Avienne wanted to swing during a regular trip to the park. She usually looks at them, then dismisses them quickly for rock-throwing or running up slides. But, last week, she gave the swings more than a second look and decided she needed to see for herself if they were still as fun as before. She couldn't stop smiling, and we stayed swinging for a good while before heading home. I could have stayed there pushing her all day just to watch her giggle and glow with every push.

Linking up with Jodi's 52 Project.
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