What an amazing Christmas we had! We arrived in Fresno, CA on December 22nd and headed down to Costa Mesa the next morning for a visit with Auntie Erin and Uncle Steve(Jacque's grad school room mate and her husband). Kathryn loved meeting both of them and especially liked being serenaded with an aria from Eugene Onegin(Thank you Uncle Steve). She also loved the adorable cat hat that Erin made for her.
Christmas Eve day started out with a visit from Jenny and Daren Stemwedel(my dear friend from Fresno & Calvin Crest and her husband, who are expecting a baby in the springtime!!!)
That evening our family got together for a meal. It was so amazing to get to see my uncles and aunts and especially my dear cousin Jake who I have not seen in 13 years. After dinner we headed to church. It was so much fun to sing with my sister Rena again! Paul, Kathryn, and I also portrayed Joseph, Mary and Jesus in the service(It was Kathryn's first performance as a boy-taking after her mother already!) After church it was so great to come home and relax with the family and open up our Santa pajamas. For those of you who don't know about this, every year Santa delivers pajamas to my parents house on Christmas eve for us to be able to wear Christmas day. We all headed to bed and awaited the arrival of Liz who arrived around 4:30am after driving home after her 11pm service at church. It was so great to know once she arrived that the whole family was under the same roof!
Christmas morning started with a great breakfast of fresh breads, my Mom's fantastic scrambled eggs and a cup or two of coffee, brewed by my Dad. Then we shared gifts with one another and Kathryn enjoyed watching everyone open their gifts and loved all of the fantastic gifts her grams and papa, and Aunties Liz and Rena and Uncle Brandon(Uncle B) gave to her. She also loved snuggling with them!
Around noon all of the rest of the family arrived and we enjoyed sharing a meal with 25+ members of our family. Once again it was a great time to reconnect with family members and reminisce over childhood vacations and times spent together(my cousins Jake and Alex used to go on a lot of Wilson family vacations).
Wow are we blessed, I know I keep saying that, but it is so true! God has given us a wonderful group of family and friends to encourage us and to help shape us into the people we are becoming and to also help strengthen us as we begin the journey of parenthood.