Every year I forget how quickly the month of December goes by, and how many things we have to celebrate! First, we celebrated Dustin’s birthday with him on the 21st. Mom and Dad came down for a pizza dinner and then of course birthday cake. Alex didn’t show much interest in helping Dustin open his gifts, but maybe next year! He did pose for a picture…
On Christmas Eve we took Alex to the 5:00 p.m. Christmas mass at St. Austin’s Catholic Church . He dressed up in a very cute little outfit his Grandma and Grandpa Evonick bought for him. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find black shoes in his size, so he ended up wearing a pair that were a bit big (and made his feet look huge!) but babies can get away with that kind of thing.
After mass, Grandma and Grandpa Belcher came down to our house for a light dinner and to open family gifts. Wow! I haven’t seen that many gifts under the tree since I was a kid! When Mom and Dad said they bought a lot of things for Alex, they weren’t kidding! After opening all of his gifts from family, he had all kinds of new toys, a few clothes, a few books, a couple of first year ornaments, a Christmas stocking, some pictures, a swimming pool, some things to put his toys in, and a few other little goodies. A very good Christmas for him!
Here he is with his new Sports Center
On Christmas morning we woke up early and played with his new toys for a little while. Then Grandma and Grandpa came down to watch Alex open his gifts from Santa. (Of course we all had some gifts in our stockings too…Santa was good to all of us this year!) He got more toys from Santa, and a swing and slide set for outdoors. Hopefully he can play outside and enjoy the sunshine when it warms up! For Christmas dinner Alex, Dustin and I went down to Mom and Dad’s for prime rib and baked potatoes – a Christmas tradition (and favorite!). By Chistmas night we were all tired but happy! After bathtime, Alex got to wear his special Christmas pajamas. Here he is helping get his washcloth from under the changing table (more likely, this is just before he pulled them all out and threw them around the room. He’s always helpful like that!).
It says “My first Christmas 2009 Alex” on his little bottom
We’re thankful for the many blessings we have been given this year, and for the love of family and friends who have helped make all of these moments with Alex so very special for us. It’s hard to believe we are heading into a new year and Alex will be a year old soon. Happy New Year to everyone!