As Christmas quickly approached, Brittain was a part of a few pre-Christmas festivities to help get her in the spirit.
Dan, Brittain and I were honored this year to be asked to light the Advent Wreath at one of the services in December. Dan had to rush out of the service to go to work which is why he’s not pictured here.
We also continued with tradition by attending the yearly ornament exchange with some of the women mom and I go to aerobics with. Last year was our first year being a part of it. Before writing this I looked back to the pictures from last year and I couldn’t believe how much Brittain had changed!
This year they decided to have a beach theme and we were instructed to come in beach attire regardless of the weather. It seemed crazy, but we did it. It was 40 degrees outside, but we wore our “beach best”…and froze our behinds off!
At the end we received our party favors…a new pair of flip flops!
It’s also become tradition to celebrate Christmas with some of our closest friends. You’ve seen many pictures of them on this blog, but I can’t include these pictures without talking more about how much this group of people have meant to us since Brittain was born. We attend church together and have kids around the same age. (Brittain, Emma Kate and Robert are one month apart.) We’ve all supported each other and our children have already developed special friendships with each other.
Last year at this time the babies were just a few months old. Although having to take time to give a bottle, we were able to make conversation and visit. What a difference a year can make. This time was spent chasing them around in an attempt to make sure no one got hurt. I don’t think any of us got a word in. It was pure chaos…but fun chaos. Let me take the opportunity to say now, since I’m sure I wasn’t able to that night, thanks Bradley and Alison for hosting us!
Justin, Kate, Leah, and Robert Evans. What a picture perfect family:
Emma Kate and her mommy:
Steve and Erin were smart. They left their kids, Will and Gracie, with a sitter. Fortunately (or maybe unfortunately for them), they were able to help take care of all the OTHER kids that were there: