It’s the most wonderful time of year

I love this time of year.  Every year I love it and am angry with myself for just getting into it just a few days before Christmas.  This year, I want to be different.

It’s been fun thinking about the traditions Joe and I want to have as a family.  We are pondering having the meal on x-mas day be a celebration of Nathanael’s native country.  We celebrate on x-mas eve as a large family so it seems like it would make sense to do this on x-mas day.  I need to figure out what foods to serve and what else to do. 

I’d also like to start giving Nathanael a special x-mas ornament every year – something that is an achievement (a friend’s mom from work did this for her every year and I thought it sounded lovely).  So, I ordered a baby just learning to walk.  I also ordered the family an ornament to celebrate our first year together. 

If we can pull it together, we are going to go get a tree on Saturday.  It’s been cold, cold, cold here but I’d like to pull this off but we’ll see.   

Nathanael is going through an exceptionally cute stage – just exploding developmentally and full of energy.  It’s exhausting but so fun to experience.  We continue to feel so fortunate and are particularly appreciative of his foster family who clearly loved him and gave him an amazing start in in life.

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This is an outfit we sent him!

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