Monday, December 26, 2011


For Christmas this year we headed to Gresham to spend the holiday with my side of the family. I was super excited to see Claire's reaction to her first Christmas, even though I knew she would probably have no idea what was going on :)

We actually started on Saturday (Christmas Eve day) with my mom's side of the family. Everyone came over to my parents house around 11:00 am. We hung out, ate lots of yummy food, and exchanged gifts together. Claire was little overwhelmed with so many people (and a little over tired too!) but she definitely entertained everyone with her jumping skills and her cute smiles. 

Great Grandma and Great Grandpa get everyone Christmas socks every year. Claire got her first pair! Apparently she thought they were pretty tasty.
Claire and her second cousin Dayna

My mom told Dayna she could give Tanner a carrot, and in turn her never left her side while she had food.

All tuckered out. It's hard being a dog.

Claire was really great at eating everyones presents. Hopefully no one minded a little extra slobber with their gifts :)

At 4:00 pm we headed over to my grandparents house for Christmas with my dad's side of the family. Claire was so cranky! She had been up for way to long, and only slept for about 20 minutes in the car on the way over. We tried multiple times to get her to nap, but she was having nothing to do with it. I think she knew she would miss the party! We ate even more food, and opened even more gifts! Claire is one spoiled little girl. Also during this time we realized we forgot to pack a bottle in our diaper bag in the rush to get out the door. (Yes, I know, I am terrible. How do you forget the bottle?!) So Claire ended up drinking some formula from a solo cup. Classy, I know. Needless to say we had to leave pretty quick after presents since we had one hungry and tired little girl!

Claire and Great Aunt Shelly.
(This is one of the only pictures we really got of her Christmas dress I made her. I might have to make her get dressed in it again and take some more pictures!)

Josie, Claire, and Great Aunt Shelly.

Christmas morning Claire woke up around 6:00 am. I heard her on the monitor and went to bring her into bed with me to sleep, and when I walked upstairs my whole family was already awake and in the living room! I must have been to sleep deprived to notice them on the way down haha! We went ahead and just got up since Claire didn't really have any interest in going back to sleep anyways. We ate my moms amazing carmel nut rolls ( a Christmas tradition), and opened presents and stockings together. Claire took a nap somewhere in there too. It was such a nice, relaxing time. 
Getting some Christmas cuddles with Grandma.

First present of Christmas morning

Uncle Jared picked her out the cutest pink carhartt overalls for Christmas!

She was pretty excited about my new food processor. Maybe she knows its how mommy makes her yummy food!

After Claire got up we all got dressed and went to church for Christmas service. We came home after church, took some naps, and hung out for a while. Claire thoroughly enjoyed playing with all her new toys!
Christmas evening we had a delicious dinner of pork tenderloin from the barbecue, homemade rolls, waldorf salad and twice baked potatoes. Oh. my. gosh. It makes me hungry just thinking about it.

All in all, a wonderful, busy Christmas with lots of family and lots of love. Claire was spoiled like crazy, and we were blessed to be able to spend time with family.


  1. So fun! Glad you had a great first Christmas!

  2. Way to go, Uncle Jared!!!! Great Carhartt's! Dayna was so excited to finally meet Claire. I had a lot of fun with you this morning. I was just telling Uncle Dan that if I didn't know you and just met you, you would most definitely be my friend! Wish we could do it more often...Merry Christmas, sweet Ashleigh.